Futurebirds is not just a band comprised of musicians, Carter King (singer/guitarist), Daniel Womack (singer), Thomas Johnson (singer/guitarist) and Brannen Miles (bassist), Kiffy Myers (pedal steel), Spencer Thomas (keyboardist) and Tom Myers (drummer) - they are a community, sharing their unique vibe and love for musical perception. They are considered "the most captivating rock act touring today" by Rolling Stone.
The Nude Party
For The Nude Party, nearly a decade has flown by in the blink of an eye. In that time, the New York-based band has released a pair of well-received albums, an EP, and played countless shows. Prior to the pandemic, the band was really starting to hit its stride. They had a system in place and were spreading their brand of melodic rock to the masses. In fact, they could count Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Orville Peck as vocal supporters, which led to support slots for each. Soon, incredible live appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, and Shaky Knees became the norm.
Over the course of the last two years, The Nude Party decided to produce their new album, Rides On, themselves. With the help of Matthew Horner, The Nude Party had as much fun creating as they ever had at any other point in their career. Their new album includes 14 songs that dabble in electro-pop and stripped-down country. The Nude Party coalesced and embraced the spirit of collaboration. They're excited to begin the next chapter of their career.
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Recorded at several studios (Portico, Chase Park, Rialto Row, Dialback Sound), the LP is a snarling devil-may-care batch of 12 tunes. It encompasses a seamless blend of hard rock, psychedelic alt-country and folk stylings -- something signature to the unique sound, tone and attitude of the Futurebirds.
"We recorded this album all over the place," says guitarist/singer Thomas Johnson. "In a lot of ways it kept us from bogging down, at times it was probably inefficient, but ultimately everyone of the songs captures the vibe(s) of the spaces and cities we occupied while we made it.
'I'm Killin You' really captures the vibe of the whole record for me. The main theme I had in my head while writing it though, was getting past the negative shit that can live on the periphery (or in the forefront) of life. Killing the bad side of human nature. Being self-aware, and being honest with yourself and trying to find peace with the person you've become or are becoming (or always were)."
"We've been putting one foot in front of the other for a decade now. Every tour, we get smarter about how we operate, how we craft a live show, how we utilize everyone's individual talents," guitarist/singer Carter King adds. "Every day, we become better songwriters, more comfortable as artists and producers, better business people -- it's all about teamwork."
Now on the backside of a decade of road warrior hard-knocks and well-earned accolades, the Athens, GA rock sextet has been hitting its full stride as of late. It's a sense of time and place where what's most important remains at the forefront of the group's philosophy and deeply-held personal mission -- a group of friends making sonically innovative music.
"We have one of the oddest and most talented mix of people to make up a band that I've ever seen. Everyone is extremely talented in an assortment of different ways, hilarious, tough, creative, scrappy," King says. "Stylistically, everyone brings something different to the band, and we're getting better at simultaneously nurturing those differences, melding them together into one unified thing."
With a touring schedule resembling some haphazard spider web spun across America, the Futurebirds are unrelenting in their quest to bring the melodic party to your hometown, no matter how far away the destination or how small the stage may be.
"And we've learned a lot about life along the way," guitarist/singer Daniel Womack reflects. "Watching other bands rise and fall, watching the sunrise and the sunset, cried because it hurt, cried because it felt good, watching strangers turn into friends and some into family."
"In a lot of ways the live show is the last frontier, the last thing left in the music industry that can't be digitized and given away for free," Johnson adds. "It's the thing that keeps us coming back. The act of making something awesome and unique with six individuals, creating a sound-weave, connecting to the core of human existence, that's the teamwork."
Ultimately, the underlying message of the Futurebirds is making sure everybody feels included in the grand scheme of things -- this absurd reality that is life itself -- where compassion from both sides of the microphone and drinks held high, and in unison, is the name of the game.
The music is a patchwork amalgam of influences, including: twangy Southern rock (they've opened for the Drive-By Truckers), reverb-soaked psychedelia reminiscent of early My Morning Jacket or fellow Athens residents Phosphorescent, soaring guitar solos à la Neil Young and Crazy Horse, rhythmic jangle from that other Athens band, REM, multi-part vocal harmonies (which every band ought to have, dammit), and, weaving through it all, lyrical slide guitar.