Futurebirds Interview & Live Performance
Futurebirds might come from a small town, but with rave reviews about their debut album as well as their live performances, these guys are certainly goin' big places.
The band comes from Athens, GA - a small, "towney" college town that has spawned amazing bands like R.E.M., Widespread Panic, The Whigs, Dead Confederate, and Drive-By Truckers. Although the sextet has only been a band for a couple of years, Futurebirds played an impressive seven times during last year's SXSW, which really seemed to help them blossom.
Futurebirds' album Hampton's Lullaby has gotten a lot of buzz since its debut in July, but I can't express how important it is to see these southern gentlemen rock your socks off live. Most of the members share vocal duties and can alternate musical instruments like a game of musical chairs. As Carter, Payton, Thomas and Daniel pretty much switch out guitars, drums, mandolins, and/or banjos throughout the show, "B-Miles" rocks the bass and Dennis Love weaves through the guys' vocal harmonies with his pedal steel guitar.
It's hard to put a particular label on their music, but I think it's safe to say that it's easy to jam to these tunes whether you're wearing overalls or skinny jeans. With rockin' riffs and headbanging beats (again, see them live to watch their long locks and burly beards fly free), their songs definitely give off an indie vibe and have been compared to the likes of early My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon. But with raw four-part harmonies, folky undertones and that pedal steel, you can't help but crave a rocking chair and a six-pack.
Roxwel sat down with Futurebirds Thomas and Carter in an interview to talk about the camaraderie between fellow Athens bands, their process of writing songs and their experience at last year's SXSW.
To hear more Futurebirds, put your window on full-screen, grab a Lone Star Light and sit back to watch this exclusive live performance from the Mohawk in Austin, TX.