Futurebirds, Live Session #75

by oz on August 3, 2010

Futurebirds. What else can we say that hasn’t already been said over the past several weeks? We fell in love with this Athens, GA alt-country band with the release of their free EP and then they exceeded all expectations with their debut album, Hampton’s Lullaby. The band rolled into the studio and tore through a set that featured ragged, reverb laden guitars and banjo against dripping pedal steel. The video for “Ski Chalet” gives you a sense for why there’s so much buzz about the band’s live shows (make note of the slow motion rock star moves, including a couch jump). They seem to feed off of one another with an energy that’s infectious.

That’s why I love Futurebirds. They do write great songs, but whether by design or natural chemistry, their music is unpolished and imperfect. It’s also brash and unapologetic. For the casual listener, their sound may not be immediately palpable, but for those of us that “get it,” we find ourselves captivated by the band’s gritty spirit and authenticity. For those that own Hampton’s Lullaby, hopefully this session serves as a nice supplement. For those that don’t, allow this to be your primer.

Futurebirds Band Intro Jam

Exclusive: Futurebirds – Johnny Utah

Exclusive: Futurebirds – APO (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: Futurebirds – Sam Jones

Exclusive: Futurebirds – Ski Chalet (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Download the Futurebirds session as a zip file.

Video: Futurebirds – APO

Video: Futurebirds – Ski Chalet

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody August 3, 2010 at 10:06 am

If you dont’ like these guys, you are at the wrong site.

Wells August 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

What a great carefree sound, I think it’s a little more palpable than you say, but also actually compelling and fun. Reminds me of Dr. Dog meets Israel Darling…

Sir Indie August 5, 2010 at 7:40 am

Futurebirds – Sam Jones..

Good song. This is one that I would pull out every once in awhile to hear. Not on my “repeat till broken” list just yet…

Perhaps after a life performance. =)


Hoo Ha September 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm

These guys are goddamn fantastic.

They’re everything I like about so many alt country bands rolled into one delicious twangy rocking sandwich.

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