Breathing new life through Exhausted Pipes

exhausted pipes independent band  Berkeley, CAEvery now and then a band comes along with enough style to revamp some old sounds, three piece indie rock band Exhausted Pipes has just enough style and class to do just that.  This bar room trio from Berkeley CA. delivers an unstoppable loud blues base coupled with heavy indie rock, then shuffled with modern garage sounds.  Singer/songwriter Hunter Steers, bassist Andy Landgraf, and drummer David Maymen have cited many bands as inspiration.  Influenced by early 60′s British beat groups and electric folk artist, to the more modern sounds of Franz Ferdinand, the White Stripes, and the Fratellis, to name a few.  Steers’ voice bares an eerie resemblance to Ray Davies of The Kinks and all these inspirations seem to bleed through Exhausted Pipes debut album entitled Eponymous.

Shades of Bob Dylan can be heard in the song 2nd Number through a surprising harmonica solo, the song itself is apologetic yet upbeat, tuned with a heavy bass and picked guitar.

Black/Berry is a song that displays how well they work together technically, from it’s bluesy intro to it’s 60′s British rock background combined with admonishing lyrics.

Little White Square is a hard and fun song, with hard and heavy guitar, bursts of heavy bass and rolling drums, it seemed the band was having a great time recording this one, and it shows, while showing how well they can perform as a rock band.

And finally Skinny Hands, which embodies that electric folk sound you can only really find in a small bar or club.

Exhausted Pipes self records, produces, and engineers which allows them to be poetic, abstract, and classically upbeat while placing enough space and breaks in their songs that can make them both relaxing and driving.

Their self-titled debut album is set to release Dec. 2.




About Jeremy Clopton

A writer from San Diego