Blood Feathers release debut 'Curse and Praise'
Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer: Among other things on this impressive debut, Blood Feathers' Ben Dickey and Drew Mills whistle away their troubles on "Sea Legs," which you might think was the best Tom Petty song you heard this year.
Richard Matson // I wish I was a better writer and could describe how amazing Blood Feathers are. It's even harder to describe what they sound like. We don't have any in the jukebox yet, but I'll try to get a song or two. The reviewer in this article compares them to Tom Petty, and that's half fair. But you have to
combine that with some sludge from the bottom of the Mississippi, the croak of a bullfrog, the twang of a delta clothesline and some broken down amusement park of the future. Ben Dickey is an old Little Rock stalwart, now transplanted to the city of brotherly love. Drew Mills used to front Aspera Ad Astra, in which Little Rocker Matt Werth did some bass strumming. Ben's a guitar savant, but it's notoriously hard to be in a band with him (I've tried), I think because he gets bored when you can't keep up. Drew doesn't have any trouble with that and, listening to the album, you picture the two communing up with their lovely girlfriends in remote desert climes. And that's not so far off from how it is right now. // Philadelphia winters are spitefully cold and longer than seems possible or even just. It's awfully hard to do anything at all. Yet right in the heart of those frozen doldrums Ben Dickey and Drew Mills (both lately band-bachelors and good-friends), got down to blowing on the embers of songs they had, individually and together, been incubating for some time. Aha. It caught: this prolific twosome favor each other so handsomely in tone, skill, presence and purpose that it was only natural to shake hands and make a band. And thus from ashes ~oh the formidable Phoenix!~ has risen Blood Feathers. Their fantastic fledgling album, curse and praise, was recorded during nine days of hibernation in a little nest of a studio tucked in the corner of an arctic warehouse in Fishtown. Hauled along by the rhythmic engine of Quentin and Mickey of Mazarin (who, by the by, produced and engineered), Feather Dickey and Feather Mills hatched a work of great balance and grace. The much anticipated curse and praise is out now on Box Theory Records (raise your glass high to this fine label digging in its heels in Philadelphia). This perennial record heralds the emergence of a band, with ... (More)
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