Futurebirds give lively performance to tame crowd – TheCornerNews.com: Music

Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2014 2:16 pm

Futurebirds played a solid hour and a half long set to a sparse and mellow crowd on Friday night at Bourbon Street Bar. With the exception of one or two fans, the six-man band rocked out to an audience whose feet were glued to the ground.

The Athens, Ga. rockers came together in 2008 and came out with their first full-length album, “ Hampton’s Lullaby, ” in 2010. Entertainment website, The A.V. Club, labeled the record a relatively “conservative country-rock template” that is “very much a product of Athens, Ga….” Three years and a heap of nationwide performances later, the long-haired, graphic tee-wearing musicians came out with their second full-length album, “ Baba Yaga. ”

The album’s first track, “Virginia Slims,” served as the band’s opening number on Friday night. The song, which, aside from the lap steel guitar, sounds a bit like Kurt Vile on top of Radiohead, seemed to do the trick as an opener. The audience, though small, seemed to be hypnotized by the self-proclaimed “psychedelic country” rockers. This, perhaps, was the reason for the crowd’s immobility.

A few songs in, the group played “Johnny Utah,” a terrifyingly-catchy tune from their first album. This number in particular had a good handful of audience members singing along. As the night was coming to a close, the group signed off with a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Rocks Off.”