Alabama Shakes can thank some famous fans with a few thousand Twitter followers for the band's recent spike in popularity — both Adele and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon have sung the bluesy, Southern rock quartet's praises of late. But a million retweets can't take the place of Brittany Howard's soulful howl, which hides its sweetness inside sweat and thorns and razor-wire guitar licks. There's a short but loaded four-song EP to the band's credit, but it's enough to raise eyebrows and increase heart rates. Can a band this good stay this good without some indie-famous producer fucking them up or a Black Keys-style media saturation assault? Here's hoping.
In Good Company: The Shakes finds itself increasingly mentioned alongside soul revivalists like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.