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Album Review

Time has decreed that there will always be a fan base for old-school, scrappy-voiced rock & roll, and plenty of bands young and old, who'll provide it. Whether or not those bands have anything new to say is up for debate. Hailing from Pennsylvania's historic Lancaster County are the Districts, four young men with electric guitars, tube amps, passionate, raw vocals and a familiarly appealing sound. Landing somewhere between the rock & soul sound of Cold War Kids and the folk-pop throes of the Walkmen, the Districts distinguish their sound with a jangling alt-country bent and youthful enthusiasm. The group formed and released two independent EPs and a full-length album all while still attending high school. In interviews, the group's young age is not a topic they wish to dwell upon, but it's worth noting that they've managed to carve out an enviable semi-pro career with legit gigs, releases, and good press all before graduation. Their work ethic paid off in 2013 when they were picked up by Fat Possum Records, who pieced together this self-titled EP using a few standouts from the band's 2012 LP, Telephone, bookended by two new songs. Kicking off the set is "Rocking Chair," an able, riffy jangle rocker, sung with sweaty abandon and featuring some nicely arranged group backing vocals. The middle three tracks, all plucked from their self-released LP, continue with the same sort of strummy, reverb-drenched indie rock as the opener. The slow-building "Funeral Beds" was an early success for the band when a live video of the song went viral on Reddit in 2012. The fifth and final track, "Stay Open," extends the band's range with some welcome dynamic complexity. The Districts' wheelhouse of soulful, midtempo guitar rock is a crowded field, but their well-played, bluesy songs are likely to garner them some new admirers.

Customer Reviews


Imagine if the Lumineers had soul and toss in some Joe Cocker swag and Uncle Tupelo swing.


A Sound Of Their Own

From following this band through the beginning while in high school with them, I've come to appreciate the true musicianship that these for guys bring, creating magic together. All I can say is, they're on their way to being huge.

Great sound, great writing!

Their prior album was excellent and it was self recorded. This EP shows what they can do when they are professionally recorded. We need a whole album like this because this goes on loop until I'm dizzy with the swingin sound. I love these guys. I think it's just a matter of time until they break huge.


Formed: 2009 in Lititz, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

The Districts are a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were all still in high school. The prolific young band released its first EP, Kitchen Songs, in 2011 followed by Telephone, its debut full-length, the following year. The Districts' second EP, the more acoustic-leaning While You Were in Honesdale, was released in late 2012 and the band continued to perform regionally....
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