Song Premiere: Futurebirds, “Don’t Go Back to Rockville” (R.E.M. Cover)

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 08.20.14 in News

Athens band Futurebirds have a lot going for them. For one thing, their profile has been steadily increasing, netting them opening slots for the likes of Alabama Shakes, Drive-By Truckers, Heartless Bastards and more. Their second record Baba Yaga has found favor with the ever-fickle cult of music critics. And now, they’re being honored by hometown cafe Jittery Joe’s (site of a now-famous Jeff Mangum solo performance) with a coffee in their honor, aptly-named Baba Java. They were also asked to participate in a tribute to Athens heroes R.E.M. in the weeks following the group’s 2011 breakup. The result, a rollicking version of “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” captures the original’s shaggy-dog country spirit perfectly.