We love our city and we especially love to show it off. This afternoon backwords, a psych rock outfit from Brooklyn, stopped by to hang out, take a tour of The Stax Museum of American Soul Music with John Fry and then jump in the studio and play some stripped down versions of songs off their new record By the Neck. We think they enjoyed themselves, and we really enjoyed playing tour guide for the day!
So take a listen to the show! We chat about Stax, the recording process and of course, the age old question: Is it still worth going to SXSW? Then we’ll see you TONIGHT when they play 1884 Lounge in Minglewood Hall with Harlan. Show starts promptly at 10PM!
backwords blends modern psychedelics with folk rock, 60s pop and a myriad other sonic surprises. Like a bluebird fluttering through the prairie, backwords delivers gentle, lazy melodies that stick to the tongue and cannot be forgotten. And like a hawk nesting atop a New York skyscraper, there is a fury—a swooping darker underside that backwords explores at the drop of a wooden nickel. It is and is not quite The Beach Boys meeting Daniel Johnston meeting Pink Floyd meeting Wilco and all sharing a mellow joint.
Based out of brooklyn, backwords is rooted in city grit but keeps a cowboy’s heart. The band is a regular fixture of the New York City scene and has played dozens of gigs over the last three years at venues and spaces such as Mercury Lounge, The Cake Shop, Glasslands, Sycamore, and The American Folk Art Museum, as well as many others. Gigs have included headlining performances, in-store appearances, an official 2009 CMJ showcase, and opening slots for bands such as These United States, Le Loup, Freelance Whales, and Dinosaur Feathers.
It’s music of the earth and for the people. Please enjoy.