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Futurebirds announce Portico EP series

by Woody on November 11, 2016

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Long time HearYa faves, Futurebirds have released part one of a 2 EP series titled Portico. Upon stumbling across a Baptist church that dated over 100 years on the outskirts of Athens, GA; the band felt compelled to set up shop and record there. Portico I is out today and Portico II will be out in early 2017. I’ve spun it once and it immediately slides in with the rest of their catalog as Futurebirds continue to be among the leading voice for Cosmic Americana. Here is a little more info on the project.

The resulting work is a two-part album, aptly titled Portico I & II – which embodies songs on life and love. Cover songs like “From Me To You,” about sending love to a longing lover, or the original “Only Here For Your Love,” about the humble and simple nature of love in its purest forms.

On the work, Johnson states “The songs are a reflection of our own desires and lives, the music a reflection of doing what feels right, and only what feels right, regardless of outside influence or objections. This is our way of taking our music, lives, and futures into our own hands, and what greater cause is there?”

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Futurebirds – Hotel Parties [album review]

by Woody on September 28, 2015

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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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Futurebirds announce Hotel Parties 9/25

by Woody on August 3, 2015

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Shortly before we did our last session with Futurebirds, they were on a short run; opening up for Band of Horses. Apparently one night after the show, Futurebirds spend some quality time with Ben Bridwell and crew, leaving BOH in a state of disrepair. That led to a “restraining order”* and “cease & desist order”** to be left on the Futurebirds tour van.

So the fact that their new album is titled Hotel Parties seems more than apt for the the Athens six-pack. guitarist Thomas Johnson has to say about the record: “The motif for the record is duality — the give and take of life, dreams vs. reality, loving vs. longing, wanting to grab life by the horns vs. needing to chill the fuck out, sleep vs. sanity — I could go on forever. With a touring band, the home vs. road theme comes to the forefront daily.”

The two HearYa sessions are here and here

* Not true. **Not true, well maybe its true.

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Futurebirds – Baba Yaga [album review]

by Woody on April 15, 2013

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Futurebirds are back for their 2nd full-length LP in effort to bottle their scintillating live show. For a band that thrives in a live setting, that is no easy feet. That being said, Baba Yaga see the Athens outfit getting more and more comfortable in the studio, and showing some tremendous growth from their debut Hampton’s Lullaby.

Baba Yaga has the band growing and exploring in the cosmic Americana realm. Songs routinely are 5 minutes or longer, with the closer St. Summercamp stretching over eight minutes. Songs twist and build, but they always seen to have a way to finding their way to a nice payoff- whether it be a soaring chorus or guitar solo – electric or pedal.

Baba Yaga has the band combining so many things that have been done before and done well at that. The reverb, the ragged harmonies and liberal use of pedal steel. That being said, is done in such a fresh and genuine way that it feels like you in uncharted waters. Whether it be the closing guitar work at Virginia Slims or the chorus working with an almost tribal beat on Felix Helix, Futurebirds are looking to put their own stamp on Americana. That leads to great unique tracks like the churning rocker Serial Bowls, the spacey twang of Tan Lines and the epic closer St. Summpercamp.

While the lads have have put forth a great effort here, do everything you can to see them in their natural setting – on a stage with hair flying and amps blaring. There are few better young acts out there touring today.

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Futurebirds – Virginia Slims [new mp3]

February 19, 2013

HearYa Live Session alums Futurebirds have a brand new album coming out on Fat Possum. It will see the light of day on 4/16. In the meantime, they have graced us with the lead single “Virginia Slims.” Their PR piece had this to say, Futurebirds are a six-headed beast, with each member contributing something distinctive […]

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Heartless Bastards & Futurebirds Ticket Giveaway – The Metro

October 17, 2012

Hi Kids. You like that rock and roll? We do as well and we’re going to give you a chance to see not one, but two fantastic bands that play guitars, drums, bass and all the other shit that makes music worth rocking to. I’m talking about Heartless Bastards & Futurebirds . The show is […]

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – There Is A Bomb In Gilead [Album Review]

May 17, 2012

I recently delved into the Twitter world and found some of it fascinating and useful; other parts contrived and nonsensical. But I have Twitter to thank for finding Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires when The Futurebirds tweeted about how they were the best thing since sliced bread. While I still might be partial […]

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Do you think Athens, Georgia likes Futurebirds?

December 21, 2011

I do. For more, check out our Futurebirds Live Session. Tweet

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Get a free pair of tickets for Futurebirds at Schubas! [Chicago Giveaway]

December 14, 2011

If you are unfamiliar with Futurebirds or on the fence about their music, it’s a requirement to see them live. There are few emerging bands with their energy and zeal on stage. The band is wrapping up a crazy year that included tour dates with Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Gary […]

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The Interns, Futurebirds side project offers album download [Free Album]

September 2, 2010

We know some of y’all are Futurebirds fans out there. The band has given fans a free EP, released their debut LP, and then graced us with a live session. In all the hubbub, this little gem was lost in the fray. Futurebirds’ Thomas Johnson has a side project called The Interns and they have […]

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