Live: Felice Brothers @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Barnstorming and crowd-pleasing: the Felice Brothers return to Brudenell Social Club. The return of the Felice Brothers to the UK shores after many years marks a welcome return of their individual yet comforting folk sounds.
Posted: 28 January 2020 Words: James Wolfe
Barnstorming and crowd-pleasing: the Felice Brothers return to Brudenell Social Club.
Support comes in the guise of Carson McHone, an acoustic singer from Austin, Texas who sets the tone for the evening. McHone’s songs are charming tales of home life, bringing up children in Texas, and old postcards with forgotten questions. The return of the Felice Brothers to the UK shores after many years marks a welcome return of their individual yet comforting folk sounds.
For a band who are approaching the 15th anniversary of their debut album, their energy and love of performing shows no sign of abating. Despite how long it has been since their last UK tour, in which they released two albums, the current series of shows to support their latest record Undress is registering well with their UK fans if tonight’s sold out Brudenell Social Club is anything to go by.
This album finds the Felice Brothers entering a new middle phase of their career with confidence, cutting each track live to tape with little overdubbing. The associated level of energy in their songs reflects well from the live act witnessed tonight.
The Felice Brothers lurch from jaunty barroom singalongs to wistful romantic tales. The joy on the faces of the band shows that this is them in their element, engaging with an audience and finding new spaces in their songs to explore. Finger-picked guitars, echoing accordion and the 4-way harmonies that pepper their set, are haunting and on occasion hit a sensitive nerve in an audience already hanging off their words.
Older songs like ‘Whiskey In My Whiskey’ are played with louche abandon but it's on their most recent songs that the band exhibit their closeness and continued passion, as evidenced in the subtle glances and shared smiles from brother to brother.
Ultimately it’s an evening of fun, energetic abandon and the Felice Brothers coming to life once more.