Actually, I already had a few tracks by the group in my digitally library that I ripped from compilations that are often packaged with British music magazines. One such track, "Wonderful Life," is from Uncut magazine's Best Of 2008 compilation, so you know that if nothing else, the Felice Brothers are critically acclaimed. Check out this fan-shot clip of the band performing that song below.Bob Dylan and the Band, who strangely enough kicked around roughly the same area from which the brothers hail while recording such seminal works as The Basement Tapes and Music From The Big Pink. Again, like that Dylan cat, the Felice Brothers experienced a crucial moment in their career at the Newport Folk Festival, but it was the opposite of Dylan's famed 1965 episode, in which he plugged in and went electric much to the dismay of the folkies at the fest. When the Felice Brothers played the festival in 2008, a thunder storm-fueled power outage prompted the Bros to unplug and perform a mud-stomping acoustic set in the middle of the crowd, bringing the famed fest back to its roots. While the Dylan and the Band influences are definitely in the Felice's sound, the Brothers remind me of '80s U.K. roots rockers the Waterboys, who also took inspiration from Dylan and the Band. Whatever the case, the Felice Brothers are a band that transcends their influences to create and sound and music all their own and are certainly worth checking out.
Yonder Is The Clock, the band's latest--like its 2008 self-titled effort--was released by Team Love, the indie label co-founded by kindred spirit Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame. If you visit the Felice Brothers' page on the Team Love site, you can help yourself to a trio of free MP3s of songs by group, but I think the band is best in large doses, so if they suit your fancy, seek out their complete albums. Until then, check out this clip of the Felice Brothers performing "Chicken Wire," from Yonder Is The Clock, at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville in this fan-shot clip.