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.
Video: Futurebirds – APO
Video: Futurebirds – Ski Chalet