Released June 3 as the B side to ‘Sunshine Lady’, ‘Rock N Roll’ from The Shelter People will get you banging your head even if heavy rock isn’t your thing.
‘Rock N Roll’ opens with a full on fuzzy electric guitar and makes you feel like you’ve stumbled on a long lost Led Zeppelin track. Close your eyes and you can see Robert Plant making love to his mic, while Jimmy Page demonstrates why he’s the king of the Gibson Les Paul. But this isn’t the Zepps, it’s The Shelter People, a group from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Formed in 2016, their style is very much influenced by the blues rock of the 60s and 70s, and they make no effort to try and hide it – rather, they are big fans of the sound and it shows. Led Zeppelin aren’t the only ones they pay homage to – their very name comes courtesy of fellow Oklahoman, Leon Russell, whose 1971 album, ‘Leon Russell And The Shelter People’ was the singer’s first Gold album in the US.
‘Rock N’ Roll’ is one of those tracks that you need to listen to a few times to truly appreciate – not because it’s hard to get into, but rather because there is so much to it,. It’s far more than just the guitars and soaring vocals; it’s a multi-layered love story in 3 and a half minutes – a love story with Rock and Roll music. To The Shelter People, Rock and Roll isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life – “Rock N Roll saved my soul”.