Hailing from the same small-town neighborhood in Cleveland, Tennessee, the members of indie rock foursome Lenox Hills share a communal love of ‘70s classic rock and ‘90s alternative rock, the kind of turbulent and raucous sounds which helped to define those particular decades. Their music revolves around acres of ragged but melodic riffs and pop-rock arrangements designed to lodge themselves in your subconscious for extended periods of time.
The band released their debut EP, “The Stricken Young,” in 2017, and it was a brazen tour through their indie rock inspirations. Since then, they’ve expanded their palette of sound, incorporating a more theatrical guitar presence in their songs as well as embracing a denser adaptation of their rock influences.
On their new single, “Sheepshank,” the band veers closer to modern rock territory without sacrificing the crunchy guitar licks and complicated pop-rock mechanics which have come to characterize their music. They still look to the past for guidance but aren’t weighed down by the weight of those various musical histories. Occasionally nostalgic, but directed by its own unique identity, the song brings to mind the sounds of bands like Built to Spill or Modest Mouse in the late ‘90s.
“’Sheepshank’ was kind of a departure from anything we had done in the past,” Lenox Hills lead singer Luke Mullin explains. “It was the first time where we tried to take a song to a lot of different places and were able to pull it off. I think the reason we were able to do that is because the song came about so organically. Everything just seemed to fall into place, and everyone knew almost immediately exactly what they needed to do to serve the song. It only took about 30 minutes to write ‘Sheepshank,’ and I know that’s not a lot of time, but I believe that is just a testament to how much of a moment it was. Definitely my favorite song we’ve done so far.”