(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson Valley-based roots-rockers the Felice Brothers play Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 9p.m. The quintet, often compared to its Catskills-based predecessors, The Band, for its fusion of rock, country, folk and gospel, has performed at festivals including Bonnaroo, All Points West, and Newport Folk, and has opened shows for Dave Matthews Band and Bright Eyes. On the group’s most recent studio recording, Celebration, Florida, they seemed to be moving in a more modern, progressive, experimental direction along the lines of latter-day Wilco.
The Felice Brothers are a close-knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends. The Felice Brothers have released three full-length albums. The majority of their work was recorded in a converted chicken coop in upstate New York near their hometown of Palenville. Esquire, Filter, The New York Times, NPR, Spin, and Time Out New York have praised them. They are on a virtually constant tour in the U.S. and overseas. Recognized for their live show, the Felice Brothers will play for their audience come hell or high water; the foremost example is their transcendent performance at a recent Newport Folk Festival, where they soldiered on, unplugged, in the rain, and barefoot in the mud after a lightning bolt shorted their stage’s power supply.
The Felice Brothers’ fourth LP, Celebration, Florida, is an exhilarating amalgamation of frightening horn sections, unexpected 808s, ambient synth lines, schoolyard taunts, booming, primitive drum beats, heavy bass lines, piano, violin, accordion, ringing guitars, rave beats, and sinister acid jazz that captivates and mystifies. Recorded in the library and theater of Beacon, N.Y.’s old high school, the band explores a multitude of sounds and instrumentation throughout the expansive album. It’s inspired, imaginative, heady, menacing, passionate, and rollicking.
Most importantly, it’s as steadfastly authentic as ever, expanding upon the dark, woozy undercurrent of ramshackle barroom blues, vaudevillian atmospherics, and surreal storytelling of their previous albums.
Their newest project, God Bless You, Amigo, is a collection of home recordings made in the spring of 2012. The material consists of eight traditional folk songs and 12 original songs that the band has always liked, but never had a chance to put on records.
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