Futurebirds – Teamwork (album review)

by Woody on January 20, 2020

Time waits for no man. We all get old. The trick is to mature while holding on a part of your youth. It is a big reason I still love going to see loud brash punk bands as turning 50 looms on the horizon. As Futurebirds celebrates ten years, this album seems to nail that dynamic on the proverbial head. It is a reflective look back on the past while keeping one on the future.

After a quick intro, the album kicks off with Crazy Boys sung by Carter Page; a mid-tempo cosmic Americana track that has become the hallmark of Futurebirds albums. Back during one of our sessions, the boys regaled us with their hard-partying ways with a headliner they were opening for and this song title seems apt for them. That follows with Trippin’ sung by Thomas Johnson, which feels like a history of their band and their friendship. My Broken Arm has that trademark steel in another track I interpret as them looking back at good ol’ days when they were just getting going with one eye on the future. The video seems to lean into that as the band celebrate with a damn tasty low country boil.

You know what you’re going to get with a Futurebirds album and their live shows. But it doesn’t feel tired; not one bit. They remain one of my favorites out there today.

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