Post by itrainmonkeys on Mar 24, 2014 11:20:15 GMT -5
New album by the Felice Brothers out June 17th.
It’s been three years since the last studio album from The Felice Brothers. “We just wanted to make sure that no one would ever mistake us for a folk band ever again,” jokes James Felice when discussing Celebration, Florida, the group’s dark, twisted synth-heavy 2011 record.
Favorite Waitress, due June 17th, will be a more recognizable return to basics for long-time fans of the upstate New York group. The album was recorded in the winter of 2013 at Mike Mogis and Conor Oberst’s Arc Studios in Omaha, Nebraska.
Favorite Waitress marks the first time the Felice Brothers have recorded in a proper studio outside of their native Hudson Valley, but James Felice says that more than any other record the band has released to date, the group’s debut with record label Dualtone resembles the group’s live sound.
“We realized that we could have these interesting sonic motifs and have weird sounding songs,” says Felice of their last record, “but on Favorite Waitress we really wanted to make sure that we could perform them live. More than anything we’ve ever done, our new record has been the product of the Felice Brothers as a live touring band.”
True to the band’s free-flowing live show, Favorite Waitress features plenty of shared sing-alongs and feel-good harmony, with band members James Felice and Christmas Clapton contributing several songs in addition to primary songwriter Ian Felice. “There’s more collaboration on this album than anything we’ve ever done,” says James Felice. “We’ve been doing this for a long time, and it’s sort of weird to think about, but we’re pros now.”
I've been meaning to make this thread for a while now. My favorite band has a new album coming out and I'm hoping it helps them get more exposure as they definitely deserve it. I'll be writing a LOT about the band and their great songs and variety of styles. Ian Felice is one of the most underrated and unknown songwriters in the industry but they've had some speed bumps along the way of trying to break into the big leagues.
Anyway, if you know the band...awesome. If you don't...i'll be writing a lot about the group and their albums/songs in this thread.
Post by itrainmonkeys on Mar 24, 2014 11:26:13 GMT -5
Tracklist and full tour supporting the album:
Tracklist: 1. Bird On Broken Wing 2. Cherry Licorice 3. Meadow Of A Dream 4. Lion 5. Saturday Night 6. Constituents 7. Hawthorne 8. Katie Cruel 9. No Trouble 10. Alien 11. Chinatown 12. Woman Next Door 13. Silver In The Shadow -- The Felice Brothers -- 2014 Tour Dates 4/4 - Knoxville, TN - Rhythm and Blooms Festival 4/5 - Lexington, KY - Busters Billiards and Backroom 4/6 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival Sanctuary * 4/7 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre * 4/9 - New York, NY - Rough Trade * SOLD OUT 4/11 - Newport, RI - Newport Blues Café 4/26 - Canton, NY - St. Lawrence University 5/8 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge - SOLD OUT 5/17 - Charlotte, NC - DRUMSTRONG 6/9 - London, UK - The Lexington - SOLD OUT 6/10 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla 6/12 - Dublin, IRE - Whelans 6/14 - London, UK - Bush Hall/ Bushstock Festival 6/19 - Washington D.C. - Rock & Roll Hotel # 6/20 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall # 6/21 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival at The Horseshoe Tavern 6/23 - Ferndale, MI - Loving Touch # 6/25 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall # 6/26 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock # 6/28 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown # 6/30 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway # 7/1 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar # 7/2 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge 7/5 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree Café # 7/9 - New York, NY - Webster Hall # 7/10 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer # 7/11 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair # 8/30 - Moseley, UK - Moseley Folk Festival
Happy to see that there is a good chunk of open dates around NFF time.
Yea, it would be insane not to have them back. New album + open tour dates + good friends Conor Oberst and Caitilin Rose on the lineup....it just makes sense.
Also, for anyone who was at last year's NFF set....this new album has a lot of the songs they played live as they were still working out the material while recording it. I've got some videos on my youtube page at www.youtube.com/swalmmd
Post by itrainmonkeys on May 28, 2014 11:37:41 GMT -5
Early review of the new album gave it an 8 out of 10:
In the world of alt-country there are those artists who stick to traditional storytelling, instrumentation and playing, mixing that hybrid of country, rock and folk, often with stunning results from tried and tested ingredients. Others, like The Felice Brothers, are prepared to test out new musical waters, evolve and expand their sound. From their early days as very much an authentic sounding Catskill Mountains band they’ve constantly pushed and prodded the genre, trying to find ways to breath new life into old sounds.
Their last official album, 2011’s Celebration, Florida, was their biggest deviation from the country/folk template and it seems that it reinvigorated the band, lightened their mood and encouraged them to chase their muse and deliver Favorite Waitress, one of their finest all-round efforts. Songs like their ode to a favourite confectionary, ‘Cherry Licorice’ may seem superficial at first but it is delivered with such an infectious hook that it is hard to resist. Likewise ‘Lion’ with its rousing fiddle melody proving irresistible.
The strength of the album also lays in the balance that songs like ‘Saturday Night’, the folky funeral march of ‘Constituents’ and the haunting undertones of ‘Chinatown’. The latter with its twists and turns making it a rural American cousin of sorts to something CocoRosie might write. These show the range the band are capable of both in their songwriting and the their compositional creativity. They can do sad and forlorn as convincingly as they do euphoric hoedown. Through it all the constant is Ian Felice’s older-than-his-years dusty croak of a voice. Dylan-esque to a degree it is the icing on the cake of a band that has barely put a foot wrong across nearly a decade of great contemporary Americana releases.
The Felice Brothers formed in 2006, and it wasn’t long after that the band caught our attention with their rowdy take on American folk music. Since then, we’ve tagged along to shows and even caught up with the guys at Newport Folk Festival, so naturally we’re pretty excited to hear that their latest album, Favorite Waitress, is set for release this summer.
The album was produced by longtime collaborator Jeremy Backofen, and the release will mark The Felice Brothers’ fifth full-length album as well as their first with Dualtone Records (home of The Lumineers, Guy Glark, and Shovels & Rope). Their goal in recording was to capture the intensity of their renowned live shows, and although we’re just getting a taste of the album with new track “Lion,” the anticipation is sure to continue to grow as we approach the album’s release on June 17. Stream “Lion” in the player above, and check out The Felice Brothers’ upcoming tour dates in the player below.
This is one I've heard live a bunch of times and it gets better each time as they've gotten more comfortable playing it and figuring things out. I've seen Ian play this solo when opening for Conor Oberst and the full band adds another layer to it.
Here's video of them playing the song at Newport Folk last year:
Thanks! Just saw them post about this on twitter. Can't wait. I know half the songs from live shows but the other half are new. Really hope this catches on a little bit. Their new drummer is amazing and they have really amped up some songs at shows because of it.
The new stream sounds great. I really hope they fill out those tour dates with some other shows I have a better chance of making. Nothing even close and the dates I'd normally travel for are personal conflicts. What do you hear ITM? Any rumors about extra dates being added?
^ I'd love a show closer to Raleigh, NC and not have to travel 8-9 hours round trip to Asheville, but if I have to! It's been too long since I've seen The Felice Brothers, and after my first few listens of Favorite Waitress I can't wait much longer!
Overall I think this is their most solid album front to back, even though Celebration, Florida is still my favorite. Wish they had done somethin' with the blank side on the second vinyl though. Still sounds great!