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Published on August 14th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Futurebirds Release “Deadbeat Hits”

Futurebirds recently announced the forthcoming release of their album Hotel Parties. The album – a follow up to 2013’s Baba Yaga – hits stores September 25th and is the band’s first release on the Easy Sound Recording Company label. Today, Wall Street Journal Speakeasy posted an in-the-studio video teaser set to the track “Deadbeat Hits.” Songwriter Carter King says of the song, “It’s a little bit of satire about the desire to record a smash hit, get treated like gods, and start acting like assholes. I think everyone in this game wants a #1 hit and a high-five. You just would hope it’s because you wrote a truly great song that blows people away, and not the ‘Nilla Wafer ripoff of the summer. Although, we’d probably take that too in a pinch.” The video features behind the scenes video from their time recording Hotel Parties in their hometown of Athens as well as footage from recording in Richmond, VA. “With a descending figure on steel guitar and King’s hazy vocals, the twangy tune has a genial summertime feel as it scrolls by, accompanied by scenes of the musicians playing in the studio and clowning around outside,” said WSJ Speakeasy.

Previously, the band gave fans a sneak peak of the album with the track “twentyseven,” which was premiered via Stereogum. Calling attention to the prevailing theme of the album, Stereogum said “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. ” Hotel Parties is now available for pre-order and will be available digitally on CD and vinyl.

The band will be touring this fall in support of Hotel Parties, kicking things off on release day in their hometown of Athens, GA at the Georgia Theater. They’ll do a full run of dates in the US, with additional dates in the South being announced today. Complete list of dates below.

Discussing Hotel Parties, Carter King adds, “We feel we’ve taken the sound a step further on this one for sure. It’s less washy and ethereal than Baba Yaga, a little more to the point, both sonically and lyrically. We stripped away a lot of the instrumental excesses and reverb that we have tended to rely on in the past. This was in service of this collection of songs, but is also is a by-product of us having more confidence in ourselves as songwriters, players, singers, etc. Brian Paulson (Slint, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and Wilco) was also a big help in that. We felt we needed a fresh perspective on it all after tracking, so we brought him in to mix the record having not heard a lick.”


Futurebirds – Hotel Parties

1. Paranoia Letters
2. twentyseven
3. For You
4. Xmas Drags
5. Hotel Parties
6. Rodeo
7. Paper Tongues
8. Slow Talkerz
9. Deadbeat Hits
10. Let It All Loose
11. Hard As You Like


Aug 28 – Scruffy City Hall – Knoxville, TN
Aug 29 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Sept 25 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
Sept 26 – Sky City – Augusta, GA
Oct 02 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Oct 03 – Zanzabar – Louis

ville, KY
Oct 04 – Cosmic Charlies – Lexington, KY
Oct 06 – The Bishop – Bloomington, IN
Oct 07 – Southgate House – Newport, KY
Oct 09 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
Oct 10 – Black Cat – Washington DC
Oct 11 – The Camel – Richmond, VA
Oct 13 – Mothlight – Asheville, NC
Oct 14 – Revelry Room – Chattanooga, TN
Oct 15 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL
Oct 16 – Montgomery Museum – Montgomery, AL
Oct 22 – Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS
Oct 23 – Martin’s – Jackson, MS
Oct 24 – One Eyed Jack’s – New Orleans, LA
Oct 27 – Lightbulb Club – Fayettesville, AR
Oct 28 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Oct 29 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
Oct 30 – The Bootleg – St. Louis, MO
Oct 31 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Nov 02 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Nov 03 – The Basement – Colum

bus, OH
Nov 04 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
Nov 05 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT
Nov 06 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
Nov 07 – Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
Nov 10 – Iron Horse – Northhampton, MA
Nov 12 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Nov 14 – The Parlor – Norfolk, VA
Nov 19 – Kings – Raleigh, NC
Nov 21 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Nov 27 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA



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