Last week’s Time featured an article about the Civil War, and how over the years historians & politicians have downplayed the one cause of most devastating battle in our history: slavery. Let me know if you want to borrow it, or read it online. Anyhow, I’ve had the late 19th century on my mind a lot in the past week thanks to the article, thinking about how I’d like to go on a trip along the east coast, drink less Gin and more Maker’s Mark, buy that damn wool army blanket I never got, grow my hair out longer, simplify and make our home less cluttered – you know, back to basics kind of shit. That’s the life I imagine as I listen to the FUTUREBIRDS. I bought their EP after watching a small clip of their music on Ginny’s blog, who I’ve long loved and adored from back in the day when she used to be a Marc Jacobs shopgirl who always dressed super cute, made incredible art, dyed her own hair a lavendar-tinted gray, and posted her daily gratitudes – making you feel like an ungrateful asshole. Really it was just a lesson in appreciation, and clearly it’s made a lasting impression – as finding out about the Futurebirds, thanks to her, makes me extremely grateful & appreciative. Thanks, Ginny. She promised I wouldn’t regret it if I just watched that video – and I’ll assure you she didn’t break that promise… I can’t put it into words very well so here’s the best description of their sound:
The world needs more alt-country with doom on its shoulders. Athens, Georgia’s Futurebirds’ “Battle for Rome” is music for the apocalypse set in 1855, the gold rush drying to dust and fires on the horizon.
Buy the FUTUREBIRDS EP for $6. Or watch the videos below, fall in love with them, THEN buy the album.