On July 26, Nashville-based combo The Features will release their third full-length album, Wilderness. The album – which follows 2009’s acclaimed Some Kind Of Salvation, the first release from Kings of Leon’s label, Serpents and Snakes, a venture with music publisher, Bug Music, – began coming together upon The Features’ return home after a lengthy 2010 tour alongside Manchester Orchestra. Matt Pelham (guitar/vocals) and Roger Dabbs (bass), Mark Bond (keyboards), and Rollum Haas (drums) enjoyed a brief domestic hiatus before quickly hitting the practice space to woodshed new material. They teamed with longtime friend, producer Brian Carter, who recorded their 2003 release, The Beginning EP and engineer Craig Alvin at Carter’s Paradox Productions Recording Service in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wilderness is an amalgamation of influences and inspirations – spanning elements of Krautrock, indie, psychedelia, and classic AOR – to conjure up The Features’ own inimitable, indescribable sound. Coming into the studio straight away off the road gave The Features a full head of steam, which meshed with their desire to capture some of their on-stage power. The goal, Pelham says, was to make a record that sounded, “like the band was playing live in your living room.” Songs like “Another One” and “Fats Domino” are marvels of pop ingenuity, animated by vivid lyrics, unshakable hooks, and experimental soul.
As the band gears up for the release of Wilderness, in an effort to satiate fans’ desire to hear some of the new music as well as offer limited edition vinyl (which we all love!), The Features have released the “Rambo” 7-inch. “Rambo” appears on Wilderness and the B-side, “This Much I Know,” is an unreleased song that fans may recognize from live shows.
07.29.11 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
08.19.11 – Cosmic Charlies – Lexington, KY
08.25.11 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
08.26.11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
08.27.11 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
09.06.11 – Club AE – Pittsburgh, PA
09.07.11 – Musica – Akron, OH
09.08.11 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
09.09.11 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
09.10.11 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
09.11.11 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
09.13.11 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
09.14.11 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
09.16.11 – El Corazon Lounge – Seattle, WA
09.17.11 – Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
09.19.11 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
09.20.11 – The Wire – Upland, CA