Hailing from the bohemian college town of Athens, Georgia, Futurebirds play laid-back country-rock with an atmospheric, psychedelic twist. The group began turning heads with the release of a self-titled EP, whose backwoods harmonies and pedal steel riffs helped earn a contract with Autumn Tone Records. With the label’s help, Futurebirds booked time at Chase Park Transduction — one of Athens’ most renowned studios, with a client list that includes R.E.M., Drive-By Truckers, and Jason Isbell — and recorded Hampton’s Lullaby. The debut album was released in August 2010, and the group issued a follow-up EP, Via Flamina, while touring in support of both releases. The band’s sophomore outing, the eclectic Baba Yaga, arrived in Spring 2013.
Futurebirds are an indie rock band formed in 2008 from Athens, Georgia. Their first album Hampton’s Lullaby, was released on Autumn Tone Records on July 27, 2010. Their self titled EP was re-released in February 2011 and their second EP, Via Flamina, was released in April 2011.
Futurebirds are known for their high energy shows and country rock infused sound. Their music incorporates reverb-soaked four-part harmonies supported by pedal steel guitar, rhythmic percussion, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic and electric guitars with heavy feedback, and has been described as ‘psychedelic country’
It sort of properly combusted I guess. I met Carter and Daniel in spring 2008 through mutual friends right as the band I used to be in was ending. I met Thomas around the same time through different mutual friends. Thomas and Brannen had played together in a cover band before Futurebirds. Carter and Daniel had played in a band together before Futurebirds. Dennis and Carter went to high school together. Carter, Thomas, and Brannen also all interned at Chase Park Transductions studio together. Phew. Does that make sense?
We all were competing as individual singers in a singing competition. None of us made the cut as solo artists. We were pretty bummed, but a record label guy surprised us all when he decided to put the six of us together to form a group. We agreed, albeit reluctantly and with hesitation. We didn’t end up winning the competition, but we had made such progress and become real lads after that, so we decided to continue playing as a group.
Futurebirds’ sound has been described by Pitchfork as “a loose-limbed tangle of reverbed guitars, hollered harmonies, and driving yet contemplative Southern rock rhythms” and Paste said with Baba Yaga the band were “exploring the spacy Americana milieu that defined their debut album, Hampton’s Lullaby… (with) lush harmonies, ubiquitous pedal steel riffs and haunting reverb.”