Feathers is the latest band to come out of Austin, Texas – but instead of the usual alt-rock/country dudes with their obligatory checked shirts and beards, Feathers is more akin to the 80s synth-pop of Depeche Mode. Plus they’re all girls.
I saw them play The Old Blue Last yesterday, a smallish gig in the pub’s dingy top room, which seemed the perfect setting for the girls’ dark, atmospheric pop tracks. The set showcased front woman Anastasia Dimou’s knack at fusing unusual sounds though her song writing: tracks like ‘Land of the Innocent’ and ’Soft’ pair eerie vocals and space-age synth lines, while all along ensuring a pop sensibility that gets you dancing.
The girls’ stage presence came across as aloof as their haunting voices – achingly cool and seductive – broken only occasionally by the odd smile from Anastasia. Fashion-wise these girls have got it nailed – most members looked the ‘dark’ part in gothic lace and stained lips, while keys player Kathleen Carmichael showed off a hot bod in disco pants and Anastasia rocked it in a bodycon maxi that changed colour with the lights.
All in all, a refreshingly unique girl group that’s sure to make it big this year. Make sure you catch them at Field Day fest this weekend!
Feathers debut album If All Now Here is out May 28th. feathers.fm