"...The Deslondes seem more in sync than ever, even as they stretch across rootsy Americana, ’70s psych, lo-fi garage rock, and some good old country-western...The deftness with which they morph and touch each sonic corner of their universe makes the album go down easy." - No Depression
We shed old skin in order to evolve and move forward. We let go of who we were in the past and embrace who we’re meant to be now. The Deslondes have taken such steps as not only bandmates, but as brothers. The New Orleans quintet—Dan Cutler, Sam Doores, Riley Downing, Cameron Snyder, and John James Tourville—have weathered ups, downs, and everything in between only to strengthen the bond between them.
Infusing everything from saxophone, flute, and synth to string arrangements and a full drum kit for the first time, the group naturally progress and evolve in real-time on their third full-length offering, Ways & Means [New West Records].
The Sons of Rainier - "Their sound hints at what may have been a rich musical upbringing, full of old timey gospel, call and response doo-wop, and Doc Watson country-folk waters spilling forth.
Down In Pancake Valley, their debut record, offers lonesome valley harmonies and lukewarm diner coffee amid songs about widows, hobos, love, and themes of traveling away. The existential three (why are we here, what should we do, what happens when we die) are present without whiffs of cynicism or desperation." -Ethan J. Barrons, NW Music Scene Blog