"...When we talk about 'real country music' or even 'real music,' this band, with their dark yet realistic songs whose power is emphasized by their sometimes uncomfortable attack virtually define both terms. There is no artifice; just fourteen tremendous snippets from life that for some may be hard to take, but none the less is an hour of music that is incredibly rewarding. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if an ever growing cult sprang up around Feral, so buy the album, soak it up and you can be in at the start of something highly original and not manufactured by television!"
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"...Whilst much of the album is dark and often surreal, everything about the recording has a powerful integrity, with lyrics that have a potent, if dark, poeticism, strong melodies and vocals that cannot be ignored. They may not always be what many people expect of 'contemporary country' vocals but in my world they are not only welcome but are absolutely necessary to alleviate much of the 'wallpaper' music that passes for heartfelt and rootsy! Whilst Cindy's vocals have an appealing melodicism there is a noticeable underlying strength and determination that helps to root the trio to somewhere close to the contemporary world whereas Norman Carley's vocals are a force of nature that on occasions make Tom Waits sound like one of the Kings College choirboys who are so beloved at Christmas! Don't think though that there is only that rawness. His harmonies with Cindy are clashing but appealing and provide excellent and accurate colour for the lyrical content. He does have that deep, dark and quite incredible rawness but is also capable, as he proves on this recording, of moving into a slightly less raw, Johnny Cash territory. For the two vocalists to be able to project these often dark unsettling songs an incredibly solid foundation is an absolute necessity. They are fortunate to have on board Ed Cagnacci whose bass playing not only supplies that, but also adds to the musicality of these sometimes epic songs...."
After hearing the kind words that Mike Morrison of American Sunshine Radio had to say about our album - it wasn't a TOTAL shock to see that he reviewed it on his Americana website - but HOTDAMN WHAT A REVIEW! Highlights below - but head over here to read the whole thing: http://www.americanrootsuk.com/feral---aromatic-bitters.html
Well charmers - the album has been out for about a month digitally. Been listened to 1000+ times. Been purchased and enjoyed from Oakland's Wild West to the merry old shores of England. We've been featured on radio shows in Vallejo, the UK, and more. And now... physical actual CDs are for sale. You can get your copy by sending $13 USD to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your address in the notes field. If you are outside of the US - please pay $20 to account for international shipping. Emch is mailing CDs out via USPS Priority mail ever Tuesday. And yep - she is sending along a free sticker or button while supplies last. And as always - digital copies are for sale at http://musiciansareferal.bandcamp.com
It's official - our first album AROMATIC BITTERS has been released and is for sale now!
We hope you love it as much as we do. Almost three years of taking the raw hamburger of our hearts and wedging it all into words, chords, and harmonies together to make something beautiful out of our pain. Today we share that something beautiful with you.
The time is nigh - we are about to release the debut FERAL album AROMATIC BITTERS. This is a few years in the making and we couldn't possibly be more excited. A little more about the album...
One fall night under a full moon, three musicians with a love for old country songs and obsession with danger and beauty met to play in East Oakland. Thus, Feral was formed. They began singing their beautiful songs about horrible people whenever and wherever they could, sharing whiskey, wine, and music during bad times and good. The first half of their upcoming full-length, Aromatic Bitters, was written in an Airstream trailer in Austin, Texas, during SXSW. The rest was cobbled together on nights of whiskey and burn barrels, in dive bars and small cafes, and on tours with rowdy Canadians in between incidents with border patrol.
Aromatic Bitters mixes the dust of the desert with the heart of the rust belt, stirs it up with heartbreak and struggle, and tops it all off with a dash of bitterness. “Done and Gone” is a country weeper, and the interplay of Cindy’s sweet and sultry voice with Norman’s gravel-gargling rasp will knock you to your knees. “Loose Ends” brings to mind a cowboy who listens to Nick Cave singing about the ruination that love can bring. “Impala” is a hell-raising tune about good cars and bad love. “About You” is a ballad that will make you smile, because sometimes people that don’t seem to match fit together best of all. And “Songs Are All We’re Left With” is a tearjerker you can dance to; an upbeat tune that belies the sorrow of the lyrics. Listening to these songs, and the nine other tracks on Aromatic Bitters, is like taking a late-night drive in a classic car with no idea where you’re headed and a driver who might be half-drunk. The car might crash before you reach your destination, and you might be going straight to hell - but you’re gonna take the ride anyway, and enjoy every minute of it.
WooHoo! Summer is here and we're heading back to our favorite North Bay venue - come on out to drink wine, eat fancy fancy cheese, and sing-a-long with your favorite americana band! See you there!
June has arrived in the Bay area and that means rainbow flags, tourists, and too many events to shake a stick at. We'll be doing our part by rocking out a show on the VERY LAST day of June helping kick off the big fancy tour for local honkytonk hellraisers The High Card Drifters at the Stork Club in Oakland. Until then we're hanging out in the Castro and recording what will someday be our album. Hella good times. Here's the wine blog evidence! We call this one the Malroy Witch Project. Watch through the end to see a special cameo from our favorite sexy acupuncturist Porkchop from the Lost Wine Blog Files...
the musings, rants, and ravings of an Oakland-based americana band.