ALBUM REVIEW: Futurebirds, Baba Yaga
The second and latest Futurebirds is out, and folks, it’s a good ‘un. Their quintessentailly Athenian sound blends stoner country rock with good ole southern charm, like a pot-smoking Old 97’s or Uncle Tupelo raised on the internet. There are plenty of different sounds floating around though – ‘The Light’ is countrified Real Estate territory, and ‘Death Awaits’ practically snuck over here from My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Tennessee Fire’. Basically, if you like pedal steel, this one’s for you.
For a band just offering up their sophomore release, they sound road-wearier than Willie Nelson. Their mellow, meandering lyrics echo the sentiments of many of the college students they share a town with: the desire to be a rebel with too many means to do so properly (“I wanna be an American cowboy / And I ain’t never ran away” from American Cowboy), or the fear that one’s youth is being wasted (“We’ve been burning too long / Don’t wanna sleep the night away” from Virginia Slims). Any college student with a southern soul and trepidation of the future can get behind this band – keep these birds on your radar.
Performing live at 9:30 Club on May 23rd.