The Districts – 4th and Roebling

Those Philadelphian born up-starts The Districts are back at us with a little taster of their upcoming album A Flourish and a Spoil which is soon to be released on Fat Possum Records. Named after the street they parked their tour van for their first ever NYC show, ‘4th and Roebling’ is typical Districts and ‘totally’ our Track of the Day.

Peeling away the intro is a bouncing bass line which is intersected by trembling guitars and breaks away for Grote’s hazy vocals that scream the misty eyes of adolescence before the track thunders into life and adds a little muscle to The Districts sound.

Previous tracks like ‘Long Distance’, although steeped in classic American rock, flitted on the side of ‘College Rock’, maintaining a healthy indie edge without ever producing the wound they hinted and glinted that it would provide. ‘4th and Roebling’ is that edge.

It’s quickening of pace adds a meaty undercurrent to the band’s gentile nature and gives us a sneak peek of what the forthcoming album will hold. Being produced by the man behind St. Vincent’s incredible debut, John Congleton and released on Fat Possum Records who boast The Walkmen, Fat White Family and Temples to their roster, we are salivating at the thought of it.

Based on this evidence it will be a piece of intense and a-typical rock sounds, splicing heavy riffs with melodic tones and gruff vocals with the poignancy of poetry. Honest, simple and full of ferocious fun, ‘4th and Roebling’ proves that.

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Jack Whatley 

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