Pine Box is the first single from Newcastle-based rock band Is Shepherd.
Release date 31st October and will be available from all major MP3 download stores.
It is an exciting swamp / surf rock infused song that perfectly demonstrates all that is dynamic, atmospheric & exciting about the group. A kaleidoscope of sounds and influences to create a stunning debut.
Telling a familiar tale to all, that of a man in power, out of his depth, placing those in his charge in neat and tidy boxes, labelling us all the same. Unbeknownst to the man (you know him), he is slowly but surely digging his own hole, sending himself into an early grave, cutting himself off from the greater glories life has to offer. He is building a ‘Pine Box for Thee’.
Is Shepherd are already building a burgeoning reputation in the North East gig scene, developing their unique - not quite indie rock, not quite pop, not quite folk, sound - slowly & deliberately; taking the time to find the heart in each of their songs. This is a band that feels very much ready to break out of their homeland and release their cinematic sound across the country.
The single is taken from the 6 track mini-album / EP ‘Songs for Sons’, released locally this summer and to widespread plaudits.
“Thought provoking & thoroughly enjoyable”
“Heart-lifting melodies rubbing against some gorgeous instrumentation and soaring harmonies”
The Crack Magazine
“Over six tracks, it changes, it sweeps... with a maturity and a drive that hints at a mix of tastes and experiences”
The Northern Line
Is Shepherd will be announcing new shows this autumn, but you can see Ben’s solo acoustic sets at
The Bridge Hotel Newcastle on Fri 23rd Sept. Ben also supports Josh T Pearson at The Sage Hall on 27th Sept.
The band also play the following single launch gig -
24th Nov - The Cluny 2, Newcastle.