Philadelphia’s Blood Feathers Whet Fans’ Appetite With Live Session
It has been quite some time since Long After Dark has heard from one of the most underrated bands from the City of Brotherly Love: Blood Feathers. Almost three years after their second album, Goodness Gracious, the band stated that they are currently recording their follow-up with new bassist Clay Simmons. On Thursday, the Philadelphia band released a five-song live session on http://www.daytrotter.com/ that highlighted older material and revealed a crop of newer songs.
Recorded during a previous tour, the older material for this lo-fi session came from a pair of the best tracks from Goodness Gracious, “King Cotton & the Little Star” and “Great God Almighty.” The true highlight of this session, however, stemmed from the unreleased work – “Hard Being You,” “Sweet Tea,” and “Fireproof.” Of these songs, the far and away best was “Hard Being You.” Lead singer Ben Dickey delivered the song’s verse perfectly, but the band themselves created one of their liveliest and most guitar-ridden tracks to date. “Sweet Tea” and “Fireproof” also receive high marks, but it is “Sweet Tea” which separated itself. The song is bridged by a saxophone part which brought to mind Clarence Clemons on early E-Street Band recordings.
The most important thing to take away from this session is that the band has continued to evolve both as musicians and songwriters. Goodness Gracious was a significant improvement from their debut record Curse and Praise, and the new material seems to be a continuation of their evolution.
Check out the band’s performance of “Hard Being You” from their show at Kung Fu Necktie last winter: