Futurebirds fly into Northampton’s Iron Horse tonight

By George Lenker | Special to The Republican masslive.com
on February 10, 2015 at 2:02 PM, updated February 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM

If you’re going to see Futurebirds at The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton tonight, singer/guitarist Carter King says to expect a high-energy show.

“That’s how we like them to go, but the whole live experience is a two-way street,” he said. “If an audience is more subdued, we can play that kind of show too. We try to feel it out from night to night, but we hope everyone shows up ready to party.”

King talked a little about the diverse Athens, Ga.-based band during a recent telephone interview.

On the amalgamation of influences in the band’s sound:

Well, we have six guys in the band and everyone comes from a different background. There’s a lot of overlap but everyone kind of comes from a different spot. And when we’re recording, there’s a full-band influence on the songs. When you bring a song to the table, no matter how complete it is, it’s going to get a little taste of everyone. Plus if you rip off enough people, no one can exactly pinpoint who we are ripping off. (Laughs.)

On having everyone write and sing in the band:

It hasn’t really created any problems. And the song selection process has worked out pretty naturally. You can see pretty quickly what inspires folks and what doesn’t. So you just follow the ones down the rabbit hole that don’t take as much forcing them down. (Laughs.)

On what happens to good songs that don’t quite make it onto a record:

There always songs that are not right or just not ready or just don’t turn out how we want them to at the time. But there’s always the next record so there’s never any weird vibes.

On choosing the 13 songs for their most recent record, “Baba Yaga,” out of the 30 they created demos for:

Well you replay and listen to the songs a million times and by the time the record’s done, you’re never ever want to hear those songs again. (Laughs.) We tried to find out what’s right that particular record. And with so many people writing songs, you still want to sound like a cohesive album by one band, not a scattershot of a bunch of songs by different songwriters.

On their next record:

We’re actually done with a new record but we’re just in the process of figuring out how it’s going to see the light of day. It should be out this year, notwithstanding any unforeseen roadblocks. The production’s a little different. We had Brian Paulson (Wilco, Son Volt) come in to do the mixing for us just to give us a different outlook. And we’re really happy with it.