THE PINKERTON RAID

Slotting at grassroots festivals across the East Coast, The Pinkerton Raid pushes at the borders of folk, Americana and indie rock to craft a sound for dreamers around a campfire.

The band’s live show starts with Jesse DeConto’s songwriting, called “anthemic” by AmericanaUK and “masterful” by AU Review. The arrangements are lush, with Fleming Talton’s dynamic drumming, Derek Skeen’s pulsing bass and ethereal harmonies and Luis Rodriguez’ melodic lead guitar, trumpet and keyboards. “Emotionally potent,” said UNDER THE RADAR. Critics hear influences from The Band to Sharon Van Etten.

The Pinkerton Raid has played with Illiterate Light, The Ballroom Thieves, Noah Gundersen, Lowland Hum, and The Collection, whose songwriter David Wimbish produced the band’s fourth LP WHERE THE WILDEST SPIRITS FLY.

Back-to-back releases in 2017-2018 brought the band from Charleston to Chicago, with festival slots, a session at Daytrotter and critical acclaim from Paste, Popdose, Aquarian Weekly and more. “You will not be able to stop humming,” says No Depression.

2020-2021 has sprouted a series of indie-rock singles. American Songwriter called “Dream the Sun” a “radiant … message of hope.” Glide said “Rebel Mama Blues” “purrs with the garage rock swagger of The White Stripes and the irritated kick of Cage the Elephant,” while The Big Takover called it “a blast of zeitgeist-capturing political garage-psych … Bowie-meets-Black Keys.” Topping 130,000 Spotify streams, “Cinnamon Sweet” is “thunderous” and “playful,” says Spill Magazine. These are among a dozen new songs due for release on the band’s fifth full-length in 2022.