PIMMIT HILLS: The Sleeping Shaman Premieres “Lost River” By Northern Virginia-Based Dark Blues Outfit; J. Robbins-Recorded Heathens & Prophets Debut EP Nears Release

photo by Shane Gardner

Washington, DC-area-based dark blues quartet PIMMIT HILLS, which spawned from revered doom rock act King Giant, presents the lead single from their impending debut EP, Heathens & Prophets. The ominous “Lost River” is now playing exclusively at The Sleeping Shaman, as the band issues preorders and more on the record.

Recorded and mixed by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Government Issue) at Magpie Cage Studio, Heathens & Prophets was mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio, and completed with photography by John Plashal and design by Jess Zadlo. Robbins also supplies keyboards to three of the EP’s four tracks.

Vocalist Dave Hammerly writes of the “Lost River” single, “‘From down by the riverbed, the stories came. About that young boy, lost his way.’

The band has changed, and the songs are a bit bluesy. The overall feeling, however, has the dark Americana ring that fans of the former band will find familiar. Tucked away in the minds and hearts of PIMMIT HILLS, are the stories passed down from one generation to the next. Subjects such as death, loss, murder, birth, and infidelity are never taboo. If that’s where the song leads, it was meant to be.

Imagine a little boy walking down the road from home, toward his favorite fishing spot. Feel a parent’s horror when he does not return and can’t be found. Eventually, all they have left of him is an empty grave. As the years go by and the story is told, it takes on a life of its own. It becomes a warning tale the old folks tell the children.

‘Never to be heard from, never to return. The grave sits empty. Muddy flowers, rusted urn.'”

The Sleeping Shaman writes alongside their premiere of the new song, “…it’s our honor to bring you the lead track ‘Lost River,’ with a close to eight minute run time, it showcases the bands heavy blues rock swagger, and a special mention should be given to vocalists Dave Hammerly and his powerful set of pipes, reminiscent of a whiskey soaked Glen Danzig…”

Hear PIMMIT HILLS’ “Lost River” via The Sleeping Shaman at THIS LOCATION.

PIMMIT HILLS will independently release Heathens & Prophets on all digital platforms on September 18th. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and iTunes HERE.

In February of 2020, PIMMIT HILLS was in Baltimore with J. Robbins at the board the middle of recording what they thought would be their debut full-length album. But soon after, the ongoing global pandemic was declared, and the band was left with no choice but to halt work on the project and regroup. Instead of holding out for an indefinite amount of time to finish the massive record, the band reworked their plan and created their debut EP, Heathens & Prophets.

With four new songs bursting with the same Appalachian/rural mid-Atlantic rock and doom influences King Giant was inspired by, PIMMIT HILLS conjures even more of an organic sense of melody and vibrance, bringing the tracks to an even more emotive territory than the majority of the members’ former act.

Watch for additional audio previews of the EP and more to be issued shortly.