Like so many, the Shelters lost a lot when Tom Petty passed away, unexpectedly, during October of 2017. He was a mentor, collaborator and older brother/father figure for the Los Angeles rock trio -- "Our best friend, really," according to Chase Simpson.
But Petty lives on for the Shelters via the group's sophomore album Jupiter Sidecar, coming Sept. 20, and particularly in the track "Strange," premiering exclusively below.
"'Strange' is actually a song Tommy was part of," Simpson, who wrote the track, tells Billboard. The song, he says, was considered for the Shelters' self-titled 2016 debut, which Petty produced, but in a significantly different version than the swelling, dynamic and slightly psychedelic take that appears on Jupiter Sidecar. "That was a song we struggled with for a long time," Simpson acknowledges, while fellow singer-guitarist Josh Jove adds that, "It was a song Tommy had a hard time guiding us through, but he really dug that song and helped us with it in the beginning, for sure."