(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seminal guitar-rock band The Feelies, with roots in the New York punk/New Wave scene of the late 1970s, continues its climb back up the rock ‘n’ roll ladder at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, April 28, at 9 p.m. The Velvet Underground-styled group, founded in New Jersey in 1976 and credited with influencing a host of post-New Wave indie-rock groups, including most notably R.E.M. and Yo La Tengo, reunited in 2008 after a 16-year layoff and released an album of all-new material last year.
The influence of the Feelies can’t be overstated. The twin-guitar attack of songwriters and founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million is the infectious sound of the group. Paired with driving drums and percussion, it has left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock and roll. The Feelies came out of the same scene that produced bands including Television, Sonic Youth, and Yo La Tengo, and here in the Berkshires, the group’s influence is strongly heard in the music of groups including the Typicals and the Burdens.
In 1978, the Village Voice dubbed the then-unsigned Feelies “The Best Underground Band in New York.” The group went on to tour the U.S. with Lou Reed.
The band’s new album, Here Before, their first album of new material in 20 years, captures all the ecstatic energy of their legendary 1980 debut, Crazy Rhythms. The new album of all new original material on Bar/None Records touches on different styles from the Feelies’ long history, while adding new grooves and musical ideas to the mix. Electric and acoustic guitars melt together in archetypal Feelies fashion on all the new material.
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