the NME cover story on them of a few week ago said they takes cues from Bowie, Reed, Otis, JB, or My Morning Jacket or Kings of Leon
Alabama Shakes say their dream collaboration would be with Jack White and Jim James (of MM Jacket)
the writer of the piece argues that
"for all their retro elements, it's not just nostalgia that makes Alabama Shakes the hottest thing since self-immolation. It's the honesty, pain, and redemption that gushes from----"
i cannot finish transcribing this sentence
the piece is laced with boxed endorsements from Bon Iver, Vaccines, Alex Turner, their hero Jack White
Shakes singer Brittany Howard: "A lot of people are like, 'I want to be different, I want to be original, I want to be an electronic band that mixes this and this', instead of just writing songs together as people and being sincere about it."
meanwhile Jeremy Gilbert, with exasperated incredulity, directed me towards The Cribs and their "Glitters Like Gold"
which i thought was not far off Teenage Fanclub Revivalism if such a thing could exist
so far this year (see also Best Coast, Beach House, Blunderbuss etc etc) is not doing much to disprove Retromania