Tyler Texas and year 2018 bring us Roadkeeper, an independent, self-produced project and eventually the October release of single, The Creeps. This track immediately gets to work on your senses. It’s lo-fi guitar opening eventually gives way to a broad range of dreamy guitars and lush reverbs; the new single fills all sonic voids available and creates an atmosphere for Hetherington to float his subtle, yet purposeful lead vocal on top.
There’s a little more happening here than your typical shoe-gazer. The Creeps has an infectious chorus that huddles between The Verve and Band of Horses, it’s shine is reminiscent of great 80s and 90s melody and meter. It’s not to say that this track only sounds of these decades, it’s also European in nature and borrows what it needs to from various generations in order to find a place deep within your best-kept memories.
Guitar solos are only with song and feeling most paramount. They’re there to serve the track and that makes them worthy of mention. This track is a reverb rodeo and the production aspect of the recording makes sense out of all of it for the listener – quite a job. It also makes it headphone gold for people that need to be inside of their music while enjoying.
I snagged this track for a few of my own personal playlists, it’s aura and mood won me over in the end. Hopefully, Roadkeeper is a keeper, the music community is better off with them around.