The Artisanals - "Not Giving Up/Pound the Rock" (audio) (premiere)

by Andrew Gilstrap

12 September 2017

The Artisanals craft hooky, personal rock that's an equal mix of indie and classic rock.

Artisanals frontman Johnny Delaware is formerly of Susto, a South Carolina-based band quickly making a national name for itself. The Artisanals (rounded out by Clay Houle, Steven Walker, Jordan Hicks, and Josh Hoover), is very much in the same vein, crafting hooky, personal rock that’s an equal mix of indie and classic rock. Despite being a newly-minted band, they’ve already played shows with Band of Horses, Futurebirds, and Dylan Leblanc.
“Not Giving Up/Pound the Rock” opens up their debut four-song EP, Literally, Anywhere, which hits shelves on 14 September. It’s an ambitious introduction to this batch of songs that are equal parts the Church, My Morning Jacket, the Eagles, Dawes, and Bruce Springsteen. Over the course of four songs, Artisanals pull off the neat trick of straddling the line between small-scale touches and anthemic choruses.  In this song, ‘70s-style harmonies give way to a gentle acoustic/electric interlude that then enters a powerful coda that stretches the song out into a completely new direction.


9/13 - Royal American - Charleston, SC
9/16 - New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
9/19 - Cat’s Cradle - Carborro, NC
9/20 - Radio Room - Greenville, SC
9/22 - Chattanooga, TN #
9/23 - Family Wash - Nashville, TN
9/24 - Druid City Music Hall - Tuscaloos, AL #
9/29 - U Street Musid Hall - Washington DC
10/6 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg #
10/7 -House of Blues -Lake Buena Vista Florida #
10/8 -The Fillmore-Miami #
10/12 - El Rocko Lounge - Savannah, GA
10/13 - Cox Capitol Theatre - Macon, GA $
10/14 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
11/3 - The Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA &
11/7 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX &
11/8 - Stubbs Jr. -  Austin, TX &
11/10 - 191 Toole - Tucson, AZ &
11/11 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA &
11/13 - Moroccan Lounge - Los Angeles, CA &
11/14 - Rickshaw - San Francisco, CA &
11/16 - Liquor Store - Portland, OR &
11/17 - Freakout Fest - Seattle, WA &
11/18 - Neurolux - Boise, ID &
11/20 - The Globe - Denver, CO &

# - w/ Band of Horses
$ - w/ J Roddy Walston & the Business
& - w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir

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