Felice Brothers: Celebration Florida

Felice Brothers
Celebration Florida

May 10, 2011
Loose Music

“The Felice Brothers return bigger, better and full of surprises on their fourth UK release.”Q Magazine

“Inventive, playful and utterly engrossing, Celebration, Florida has much to revel in.”Uncut

The Felice Brothers release their fourth album ‘Celebration, Florida‘ through Loose Music on 16th May. Recorded in the gymnasium and theatre of an old school in Beacon, NY, ‘Celebration, Florida’ is the follow-up to 2009’s much-lauded ‘Yonder is the Clock’.

Here’s what’s already known about The Felice Brothers: they are a close-knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends (all in their twenties). They are self-taught – not one of them played an instrument prior to the band’s inception in 2006 when they started busking in New York City subway stations. The Felice Brothers have released three full-length albums.  The majority of their work was recorded in a converted chicken coop at the back of their home in Palenville, upstate New York. They tour almost constantly. Revered for their live show, The Felice Brothers will play for their audience, come hell or high water. A lightning bolt shorted their power supply during an appearance at Newport Folk Festival, but they soldiered on, unplugged, in the rain and barefoot in the mud.

Here’s what might surprise you about The Felice Brothers: their new album ‘Celebration, Florida’ is an exhilarating amalgamation of frightening horn sections, unexpected 808s, ambient synth lines (from celebrated jazzer Malcolm Cecil on ‘Oliver Stone’), schoolyard taunts, boomin­g, primitive drum beats, heavy bass lines, piano, violin, accordion, ringing guitars, rave beats and sinister acid jazz that captivates and mystifies. The band explores a multitude of sounds and instrumentation throughout this expansive album. It’s inspired, imaginative, heady, menacing, passionate and rollicking. Most importantly, it’s as steadfastly authentic as ever. The record expands on the dark, woozy undercurrent of ramshackle barroom blues, vaudevillian atmospherics and surreal storytelling of their previous albums. In a review of their breakthrough, self titled album The Guardian claimed that The Felice Brothers were “a new breed of musical outlaw and barnstorming & brilliant to boot”, ‘Celebration, Florida’ revels in this inventive, outlaw spirit; it’s the sound of a band that knows its roots and knows where it’s growing.  It’s a group who just might expand the definition of Americana music along the way.

‘Celebration, Florida’ casts scenes of dreamy characters and curious stories. Among the tales, a young woman sets off to find a secret paradise. A teenager enters a boxing gym in Catskill, NY. A late-night host recounts his rise to fame while traveling in a private jet. A shady degenerate gets lost in a mystery involving a Honda Civic. A young girl crimps her hair and spies her dead father driving down the road and a Wall Street scandal hits a little too close to home.

The Felice Brothers are: Ian Felice, James Felice, Christmas, Greg Farley and David Turbeville.


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