The Underhill Family Orchestra, native to the Alabama delta, has been described as “outright anthemic” taking their compositions to “idyllic places” that make you want to “paint your face, forget your age, and kiss a stranger.” With “the bare knuckled nature” of their sound and their command of the “intricate, melancholy and densely literate” themes in the songs they create, they invoke a “sense of riot” with their arm-swingin, foot-stomping, Appalachia-inspired sound that makes effort to “infuse sheer pop catchiness into the rootsier, grittier elements” made up of sultry and soulful 4-part vocal arrangements and a unique take on the southern sound for which Alabama is known.
Their debut album, Tell Me That You Love Me is out now via Skate Mountain Records. The album is a beautifully-constructed foot-stomping collection of ten tunes that capture the raw energy of the band’s live show.
No Depression premiered the album, saying that the band “has an intense and irresistible chemistry. The songs on this album are full of chemical reactions that are a pleasure to behold. Truly, the album is a testament to the power of people working together.” PopMatters noted in the premiere of debut single “When The Trumpet Sounds” that the band is ” taking their music scene by storm with their uninhibited and celebratory blend of Southern influences. The folk-rocking quintet is intent on resurrecting American roots music with a contemporary soulful rock flair that will undoubtedly get audience members out of their chairs and grooving along,” while Beehive Candy says the album’s second single “Chickasaw Fields,” which premiered via Popdust, has “gorgeous roots-flavoured vibes. The mixed vocals and harmonies are sublime, the band create a feisty backdrop…this really is ‘more please’ music.”
A sample of their harmonies will leave you breathless.