Album Review: Preacher’s Sons, ‘Looks Like A Flood, Feels Like A Drought’

21 Aug

By Becka DeLaney

Picture this: you and your friends decide to go camping in the desert. After a long hot day in the sun, you all decide to cool down in the evening, setting up your tents, eating some food and drinking some beers all while you decide what songs to sing. As the food is cooking and right before one note can leave anyone’s lips, you hear a rustling in the distance; hooves crashing hard against the ground, a stomping a bass drum; a cold, somber voice singing in the distance, backed by the faint chime of a strummed guitar. As it gets closer, you notice there are two men riding on horses coming your way. You stop what you are doing and stare at them.  They stop, get off their horses and sit down on the crummy old logs you all picked up along the way. “What’s your guys’ name?” you ask. “Oh,” they say, “We are the Preacher’s Sons. You want to hear some folkish soul food?” “Sure,” I say. “It’s a lot better than Kumbaya.”

Brandon Pfaff (lead singer, guitar and bass) and Jeremy Pfaff (drummer, keys, and backup vocals) Pfaff, the sons of a preacher and Oklahoma natives, are the creative minds behind the Fullerton-based band, Preacher’s Sons.

From the first listen, up until the hundredth, I couldn’t seem to put this record down. You know you like an artist too much when you know half the lyrics and are constantly humming their songs when you have only been listening to them for a little under two weeks. Preacher’s Sons upcoming 11-track full-length album, Looks Like A Flood, Feels Like A Drought is a beautifully crafted record. Most of their songs start slow, but move from a dawdling trot into a whisking gallop, constantly keeping you attentive. With the echoing of Brandon’s somber voice, to the fluttering drums in the backdrop, to the perfect union of the intricate strumming guitar and sultry keys of the piano, Preacher’s Sons create the image of watching tumbleweeds pass by and euphoric trails of smoke rise out over the plains.

“Space and Time,” the first track is about the singer longing for a time when maybe life was easier in his youth, before the mistakes he made and can no longer take back. The song begins with a shuffling of drums and the drawling of Brandon’s voice as he describes his mindset within the guise of contradictions. “I do and I don’t– I will or I won’t repeat the mistakes that I’ve made—long for my youth—the heavy hand of truth.” During the second chorus of the song however, you hear the exclamations made by the trumpet as they serenade and clothe Brandon’s voice, which now changes from dark and somber to high and desperate, yearning for anyone to hear his “long for the truth.”

Click the third track, “Poison Oak” is introduced by melodic keys interwoven with swaying guitar strings as Brandon speaks about human’s relationship with nature. “I don’t know what to do with the things I know I can’t tell if it’s going to rain heaven or hell.” Just like “Space and Time,” the song slowly expands until it reaches the third chorus, whereupon a collage of strings soar above the other instruments, bringing the song to an impassioned close.

As Preacher’s Sons end their last song, faint wind chimes tickle the hairs of our necks as we think about the adventures we have just encountered as we traveled through space and time. As we all stare out into the dark canvas of scenery, the boys load their instruments onto their stallions and thank us for our company “Well thanks for everything. Sorry we drank all your beer. Hope we didn’t overstay our welcome.” And off they road into the distance.

Preacher’s Sons release Looks Like A Flood, Feels Like A Drought on August 31. The band’s album release show will be held at The Prospector (21+) in Long Beach on Sept. 7 with Francisco The Man and Kissing Cousins. http://www.preacherssons.net

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2 Responses to “Album Review: Preacher’s Sons, ‘Looks Like A Flood, Feels Like A Drought’”

  1. Bocephus Von Tumbleweed August 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Only a matter of time before these guys get some major attention.

    Great melodies (my seven-year-old son loves them) and a significant dose of beyond-their-years makes these guys eerily accessible.

    At times, they remind me of Crooked Fingers, but with much catchier hooks. For instance… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP9zzH2ABXw

    Probably the best independently produced record I’ve heard over the past five years. The other being The Modlins “With Friends Like These.”

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