Futurebirds is a touring band. The Athens, GA-based five-piece was on the road for months while looking for a label to release Baby Yaga in 2013, earning a reputation for playing chaotic live shows with the energy of primal, sweat-filled, cosmic rock revivals. After Fat Possum took notice and brought the band’s blend of country, rock, and psychedelia to a wide audience, the band kept going and cemented itself as a staple of the college towns of the South and the East Coast. It makes sense, then, that the group’s new album – out in September from Easy Sound – is called Hotel Parties. According to band member Carter King, Hotel Parties is “an on-the-road album for sure.”
Guitarist Thomas Johnson says, “The motif for the record is duality — the give and take of life, dreams vs. reality, loving vs. longing, wanting to grab life by the horns vs. needing to chill out, sleep vs. sanity… With a touring band, the home vs. road theme comes to the forefront daily.” Lead single “twentyseven” reflects that duality, serving listeners with a casual, catchy, and anthemic jangle that belies the song’s heavy and more-dissonant lyrical subject matter.
“[‘twentyseven’ is] a gleaming, Southern-fried late-twenties-crisis type of song… perfect for a drive through rural nowhere with your arm swaying out the window.”
“The controlled chaos of Futurebirds’ live shows translates on record… You feel the energy, forgive any flubbed notes, and soak in the past-midnight revelry.”
RIYL: Dr. Dog, The War on Drugs, Real Estate, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Drive By Truckers, R.E.M., Heartless Bastards, the Replacements, the Whigs
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Label: Easy Sound Recording Company