Futurebirds – Hotel Parties [album review]

by Woody on September 28, 2015


Photo by David McClister

As I alluded to in my post announcing Hotel Parties, Futurebirds don’t often shy away from a party. And why would you when you are in your early twenties and tasting your first bits of success. People are coming out to your shows in droves, you’re growing random facial hair and generally having the time of your life. Fuck, life would be a party and for a band on the road as much as Futurebirds, most of those parties took place in hotels.

But like anything, as you get older, perceptions change. Hotel Parties explores the band as they comes to grips with balancing the non-stop party on the road with the comforts of a daily routine of being at home. The excellent twentyseven is a rollicking track where Carter King seems to be incredulous at his life at the age of twenyseven. A few songs later, the title track has hints of Deer Tick in the intro before easing into mid-tempo goodness buoyed by the always excellent Dennis Love on pedal steel.

Part of that maturation as a band is keeping true to yourselves as you try to push yourselves to new levels of success. Deadbeat Hits is a great track about a band looking for that and the aftermath that comes when you get it. And lest I forget the excellent closer, Hard As You Like. A slow brooding track that reminded me of The Dead’s High Time from the first time I heard it.

Some of the best parties of my life have been in a hotel, including the party after my wedding. They are special, amazing nights that you look back fondly on and constantly relive with old friends. But doing it night after night will take its toll on you.

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Music fan October 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm

woody- agree! Great album! ( btw…thats Thomas Johnson on twenty seven!)

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