I first caught wind of the Athens, GA based Futurebirds courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard. Their write-up went something along the lines of this – blah, blah, blah sounds like Tennessee Fire. Comparing any band to My Morning Jacket will get me interested.
After spinning the EP, it was easy to see the early MMJ comparison. I’d also draw a comparison to the now defunct band, Vietnam. The album has that same hazy, psychedelic drug-inspired southern folk feeling. The recording is a raw and slowly grooves along while layered vocals float on top. “Dirty D” and “MJB” are the two tunes that have stuck out for me, but the 30 minute EP is strong throughout.
While the EP is raw in terms of recording, you can’t help but feel that Futurebirds have a very special LP in store for us. Who knows? Maybe in 2020 when I am 50 and still writing for free for this god-forsaken website, I will be saying that some new band’s EP reminds me of the Futurebirds. In the meantime, you can catch them down in Austin during SXSW 2010.