With a little Marcus Mumford in the vocals and a driving indie rock spirit, James and the Drifters' "Foxtrot" encapsulates this Indiana band's style.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana rockers that call themselves James and the Drifters have already accomplished a lot of recording in 2014. In August the band released its newest studio affair, All That Gold, and have continued in their regular practice of extensive touring, spanning bars to charity events. The group's latest music video, for the All That Gold track "Foxtrot", captures the convivial relationships between these musicians that allow them to keep the creative drive running. With a rock edge not unlike that of My Morning Jacket and vocals that bring to mind folk revivalists like Mumford and Sons, "Foxtrot" is a fine snapshot of James and the Drifters in 2014.
The band tells PopMatters about the video, "'Foxtrot' is about the anxiousness of being young and the uncertainty of what comes next. It's about getting out of town, heading to the coast, and having a good time along the way. And it's about doing life together with others. We recently took a writer’s retreat to a lake house in Northern Indiana and shot the video there. We wanted to keep it simple and yet tell the story of the song."
All That Gold, which was released independently, is out now. James and the Drifters will tour their newest tunes at the show dates below:
Dec 5 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Union 50
Dec 12 -- Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Jan 9 -- Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Jan 10 -- Nashville TN @ The Basement
Jan 16 -- Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox
Jan 17 -- Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room
Jan 23 -- Holland, MI @ New Holland Brewery
Feb 6 -- Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
Feb 20 -- Columbus OH @ Brothers Drake
Feb 26 -- South Bend, IN @ The Brick
Feb 27-28 -- Fort Wayne, IN @ The Embassy
Stream All That Gold via Bandcamp: