Feral Conservatives are on the rise, and we’re not talking about the latest polling numbers out of Iowa. Their name may evoke a Trump campaign rally, but the Virginia-based trio’s sound is more along the lines of ‘90s college rock — think Cocteau Twins and the Cranberries, for starters.
What separates Feral Conservatives from their similarly nostalgic peers, however, is the debt they owe to rustic folk music. The band’s latest full-length, Here’s to Almost, traces its roots back to Seattle and Appalachia, with frontwoman Rashie Rosenfarb’s mandolin serving as foil to a wall of screeching feedback.
The chief architect of that feedback, drummer Matt Francis, describes Here’s to Almost as the band’s attempt to capture the manic energy of their live show. He also admits that it’s a step in a new direction. “We kind of went from an electric roots band that listens to too much R.E.M. to a folk band that woke up with amnesia in a Seattle basement and had to out-garage other rock bands to save our lives,” he explains. Of course, not everything has changed: Francis assures us that “[we] still listen to too much R.E.M.”
Stream Here’s to Almost below.
The album is due out January 22nd on EggHunt Records, and pre-orders are ongoing.
Feral Conservatives 2016 Tour Dates:
01/22 – Richmond, VA @ Steady Sounds Records
01/22 – Richmond, VA @ Our House
01/23 – Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge
01/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bourbon & Branch
01/29 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern
01/30 – Norfolk, VA @ FM Restaurant