Autumn Tone reissues Futurebirds' eponymous debut EP as the band makes slow headway into the mainstream.
Sometimes the artist says it best. Check Futurebirds's MySpace page and you'll see the following genre bracket: "country/gospel/psychedelic". That's about as close as the printed word will come to epitomizing the Athens, GA band's boozed-up, don't-give-a-what brand of the down-home sing-along original. The two-chord verses and casually harmonized choruses of swinging numbers like "Red Top Girl" and "Breathe for Days" elicit drunken nods and incoherent shouting in equal measure. The group's slacker, neo-country sound feels most at home on this debut eponymous EP, self-released in 2009 and now reissued by the band's home label, Autumn Tone. Futurebirds sobered up a bit for the 2010 full-length, Hampton Lullaby, and levered its way into a 2011 Bonnaroo spot, but it's Futurebirds, with its impenetrably shrouded lyrics and mercilessly jumbled mixing, that preserves the kernel of the band's joyfully parochial spirit.