Futurebirds: “Deadbeat Hits”

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Futurebirds: “Deadbeat Hits”

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015

Photo by David McClister

The Athens, GA quintet Futurebirds has the kind of ramshackle charm that makes them live favorites throughout the country. Their albums have a messy energy; they’re soundtracks for the boozy night out that inevitably turns into a big sing-along.

But buried beneath the one-take rawness is a band that’s skilled at putting their own stamp on familiar sounds. Like tour mates Drive-By Truckers and Heartless Bastards, Futurebirds likes its country music with a psychedelic swoon and a rock ‘n’ roll edge. “Deadbeat Hits”–a taste from Futurebirds’ third album Hotel Parties, out September 25–tightens the reins a bit on the group’s scrappiness. Still, the song is practically a mission statement for Futurebirds’ whole aesthetic: it might only be a hit song to deadbeats’ ears, but it still hits like a ton of bricks. Download the song below.

–Art Levy

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