I had always heard great things of Okkervil River, but I must admit that I never bothered to give them a decent try until now. Like Drive-By Truckers and Phish before them, this Austin based neo-folk rock band’s excellent discography is shadowed by a lack of hit songs or of a single album that towers over anything else.
Well Okkervil River might have finally found their breakthrough album. The Silver Gymnasium is a concept album inspired by frontman Will Sheff’s New Hampshire childhood and it’s a great listen. Many will find influences from The Band and newer Americana bands such as early Wilco and My Morning Jacket.
Do yourself a favor and enjoy some Okkervil River.