We discovered the Futurebirds sometime last year after being blown away by several songs off their 2010 release, Hampton’s Lullaby (especially “Battle for Rome” and the title track). The group hails from Athens, Georgia, the college town deemed “the Liverpool of the South” for the incredible contributions it’s made to American music in recent decades. The Futurebirds are decidedly in the Southern rock realm, but maintain folky and psychedelic sounds on many tracks. Hampton’s Lullaby’s vocals are often layered and seemingly drunken—slurred and unheroic, yet somehow passionate and uplifting—a bit like R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. The best way one might describe their sound is like Neil Young & Crazy Horse filtered through Athens—picking up Drive-By Truckersesque lap steel and Southern accents along the way. Hampton’s Lullaby was one of the best debut albums of 2010, and we’re excited for their next studio album to be released this summer.
In the meantime, we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive video highlighting the making of their upcoming live LP, due to hit shelves on April 21st, Record Store Day. Titled Seney-Stovall, the record is a tribute of sorts to their first EP, showcasing how far the group has come since the early days. Now a nationally touring group poised to make a big splash, the Futurebirds have come far indeed—a welcome addition to Athens’s rich musical tapestry.
To download a FREE track from Seney-Stovall, click HERE. (right-click and choose “Save Link As” to download)