Spring has sprung, and The Wild Feathers are fluttering toward Crystal Bay.
The Nashville rockers released a new album last month and appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to unveil “Lonely is a Lifetime.” On Friday, The Wild Feathers will float their new tunes at Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room in a 9 p.m. Friday show supported by The Shelters, their rock ‘n’ roll brethern from Los Angeles. Tickets for the 21-and-over performance are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of show.
The Wild Feathers are Ricky Young, (guitar/vocals), Taylor Burns (guitar/vocals), Joel King (bass/vocals) and Ben Dumas (drums.)
The band spent more than two years on the road supporting a self-titled album released in 2013. The hard work paid off, as the album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. In the meantime, they received invites to appear on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Seth Meyers, Craig Ferguson and ABC’s “Nashville.”
Life on the road also served as inspiration for the band’s sophomore album.
“The story of this (new) album starts with all the touring we did,” Young explained on the Feathers’ website. “When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn’t really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move toward what we are today — as individuals and musicians. After playing the same songs every night, you eventually start leaning toward other things. We wrote music we want to play.”
Burns chimed in: “We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band who can play all different kinds of things. We made a conscious effort to expand our sound. We went into the writing mode on the same page. We wanted to preserve the essence of The Wild Feathers with multiple harmonies, but we also wanted to take this step forward and experiment.”
The band shared two tunes from its new album on Kimmel, “Overnight,” delivering the intended “lush guitars and infectious choruses,” and a piece that has shades of both The Eagles and Pink Floyd, “Goodbye Song.”
“I’d been messing around with that melody and hook for a long time. It finally clicked,” Young said in press materials. “The story of the song is that of an addict. He could be addicted to drugs or alcohol, but he’s basically saying ‘I am who I am. Take it or leave it.’ It’s the moment of giving up. We unabashedly embraced the Pink Floyd vibe. We didn’t want to rip it off; we just wanted to apply it.”
They pulled it off: Give The Wild Feathers a listen before they fly off to a bigger coop.
Opening band The Shelters will feature a new single, “Rebel Heads, from a self-titled album to be released in June. Sacramento’s The Golden Cadillacs will play a free after-party in the Red Room.