It’s been a satisfying few years for the Futurebirds, as we’ve watched them grow from Union Pool headliner to solid opening band to second stage at Mountain Jam to 2013 at the Bowery Ballroom. This show at the latter venue found the band doubling down on their strengths, as they jammed out their signature brand of country-inflected, booze-friendly Americana in front of an audience who knew and appreciated what they were in for. As their popularity has grown, the Futurebirds haven’t made the mistake that some bands do of overcomplicating things; if you listen to 2015’s Hotel Parties, you’ll find a good bit of stylistic and subject matter similarity with Hampton’s Lullaby, the six-year-old album that started it all. Perhaps that’s part of why, in an age where most bands are lucky to get an approving corporate blog mention or two, the Futurebirds have an entire fansite dedicated to them, and going to their shows has even become a verb (“birding”).
What has grown since the first time we saw the band in 2011 is their level of confidence, earned through that same relentless touring that’s responsible for the loyal fan base. This show found them the most comfortable and in control as we’ve seen them yet, as they ripped through new songs “twentyseven” and early number (an inspired, extended run through “Ski Chalet” alike. Futurebirds are a band that’s able to both bring the party and keep things musically in their lane, and based on this evening, we expect their success to continue.
Eric PH recorded this set with AKG 460/ck61 cardiod mics and a soundboard feed from Bowery legend Kenny. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
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Recorded and produced by Eric PH
Tracked and uploaded by acidjack
Soundboard (engineer: Kenny) + AKG C480B/CK61 (FOB, PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades, track) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Total Time 1:25:21]
01 Paranoia Letters
03 Battle for Rome
05 Death Awaits
06 For You
07 Johnny Utah>
08 Happy Animals
09 Man With No Knees
10 Xmas Drags
11 Powderfinger [Neil Young]
12 Serial Bowls
13 Hotel Parties
14 [encore break]
15 Ski Chalet (w/ “Shake It Loose” jam)
16 Six Days On the Road [Dave Dudley]