Under The Radar: Futurebirds

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Coincidentally, we just learned of the Athens, GA based grunge-folk sextet, Futurebirds, a mere week ago, and today I learned that an old friend of mine from my hometown of good ol’ Statesville, NC is the band’s manager…  How’s that for impeccable timing?!?

That said, Futurebirds are sure to be Athens’ next music sensation (and that’s a bold statement considering the town has spawned the likes of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, Matthew Sweet, and more).  However, you’ll quickly find that the band fits right in with that crowd upon the first few notes of each song on the band’s most recent release…

Hampton’s Lullaby (released July 27th) opens with the droning “Johnny Utah” – a dense tune that, within the first few stanzas of the track, eerily exorcises the haunting essence of Tennesse Fire-era My Morning Jacket blanketed by the endearing nature of Being There-era Wilco.  Drenched in four-part vocal harmonies and the soothing glisten of the pedal steel, this song is an excellent introduction to the unique craftsmanship that the band possesses.  The rest of the album is no different as the band effortlessly blends its shwash-buckled Southern groove with earnest songwriting, psychedelic undertones, fuzz-laden grunge, and a good ol’ Georgia boy attitude.  Several other standout songs that showcase the various cascades of sound the band is capable of include “Battle for Rome,” “Aquarium Floor,” and the closing track, “Hamptahn’s Lullaby.”

There isn’t a weak song on the entire album, and the mood that Hampton’s Lullaby evokes can easily change with each listen.  You can jam to it while slamming back some brews at any college football tailgate…  Play it for your girlfriend when she’s pissed off at you…  Kick back with it on a lazy Sunday afternoon…  Blast it on a roadtrip to a random, far-off destination…  However you choose to enjoy it, just remember that you’re listening to a band with promise, determination, and the potential to go places.  You’ll proudly be able to brag to your friends that you heard of them first.

Futurebirds will be playing Snug Harbor in Charlotte immediately following Panic on Friday, 7/30.  They’ll also be supporting Dead Confederate throughout the fall.  Don’t miss them…  Hop on over to Autumn Tone Records where you can buy the album for only $9.99.  You’ll be glad that you did.

“Johnny Utah”


~ by cdowell4 on July 29, 2010.

3 Responses to “Under The Radar: Futurebirds”

  1. Best album of the year. Also check out Theodore.

  2. They are the radar. Go see the show, Charlotte, and prove that you’re not as lame as everyone says you are.

    Much Love,


  3. Any band who’s first song of their album is titled after Keanu’s character in ‘Point Break’ has gotta be pretty bad ass…I just wish I had been able to make their show in Charlotte after WSP on Friday. How was it?

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