Futurebirds – “twentyseven” (Stereogum Premiere)

Futurebirds – “twentyseven” (Stereogum Premiere)

Bands often live two separate lives: their life on the road and their life at home. Athens twangers Futurebirds’ new album, aptly titled Hotel Parties, revolves around balancing these two lives, trying to keep one from destroying the other — sometimes unsuccessfully. The album isn’t out until September, but today we premiere “twentyseven,” a gleaming, Southern-fried late-twenties-crisis type of song. The music is very chill, contrasting heavily with its subject matter, but perfect for a drive through rural nowhere with your arm swaying out the window. Read what guitarist Thomas Johnson has to say about the record:

“The motif for the record is duality — the give and take of life, dreams vs. reality, loving vs. longing, wanting to grab life by the horns vs. needing to chill the fuck out, sleep vs. sanity — I could go on forever. With a touring band, the home vs. road theme comes to the forefront daily.”

Listen below.

01 “Paranoia Letters”
02 “twentyseven”
03 “For You”
04 “Xmas Drags”
05 “Hotel Parties”
06 “Rodeo”
07 “Paper Tongues”
08 “Slow Talkers”
09 “Til The Sun Adores”
10 “Let It All Loose”
11 “Hard As You Like”

Tour dates:
09/25 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
09/26 Augusta, GA @ Sky City
10/02 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/03 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/04 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
10/06 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
10/07 Newport, KY @ Southgate
10/09 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
10/10 Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/11 Richmond, VA @ The Camel
10/13 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
10/14 Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
10/15 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10/16 Montgomery, AL @ Montgomery Museum
10/22 Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
10/23 Jackson, MS @ Martin’s
10/24 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
10/27 Fayettesville, AR @ Lightbulb Club
10/28 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/29 Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
10/30 St. Louis, MO @ The Bootleg
10/31 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
11/02 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
11/03 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
11/04 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
11/05 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
11/06 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11/07 Portsmouth, NH @ Press Room
11/10 Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse
11/12 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Hotel Parties is out 9/25 on Easy Sound Recording Co. Pre-order it here.

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