The Felice Brothers

photographs by lawrence braun

The upstate New York band The Felice Brothers will release a new album, Life In The Dark, through Yep Roc Records on June 24. Today the band debuts the lively, rousing “Aerosol Ball,” from the forthcoming release. With the track comes a video created by the band’s bassist Josh Rawson: an entertaining, re-purposed collage of stock footage from the 1950s and 60s, interspersing pin-up girls, boys stuffed in phone booths, mod-dancers and more.

Life In The Dark was recorded in a rented garage-turned-recording-studio on Letterbox Farm, a working farm in New York State’s verdant Hudson Valley in Columba County. This album follows The Felice Brothers’ 2014 release Favorite Waitress, which American Songwriter hailed as “a remarkably varied and well-paced collection of tunes.” The nine new songs on Life In The Dark find lyricist Ian Felice continuing to explore modern life in a complicated and divided America, through a cynical and occasionally heartbroken lens, in the tradition of songwriters like John Prine, Shane MacGowan and Michael Hurley.

Musically the band (Ian on guitars and vocals; his brother James on accordion, keyboards and vocals; Greg Farley on fiddle and Josh Rawson on bass) incorporates their expansive knowledge of American folk music — both its creators and what makes it so compelling and enduring — with other elements of contemporary music — classic rock and blues. The result which, has previously been dubbed “rowdy, vivid, moving and playful…just glorious” (Uncut), is in full-effect here on songs like “Sally,” “Plunder” and more.

Life In The Dark was produced by The Felice Brothers, engineered by James Felice and mixed by Jeremy Bakofen and James Felice. It was mastered at Gateway Studios. David Estabrook plays drums.

Releases

The Felice Brothers Undress

Undress
Holy Weight Champ
Special Announcement
Nail It on the First Try
Salvation Army Girl
Poor Blind Birds
TV Mama
The Kid
Hometown Hero
Jack Reminiscing
Days of the Years
Socrates

The Felice Brothers Life In The Dark

Aerosol Ball
Jack at the Asylum
Life in the Dark
Triumph '73
Plunder
Sally!
Diamond Bell
Dancing on the Wing
Sell the House

The Felice Brothers Favorite Waitress

Bird on Broken Wing
Cherry Licorice
Meadow of a Dream
Lion
Saturday Night
Constituents
Hawthorne
Katie Cruel
No Trouble
Alien
Chinatown
Woman Next Door
Silver in the Shadow

The Felice Brothers Mixtape

Forever Green
Ahab
White Limo
Let Me Come Home
The Captain's Wife
Indian Massacre
Old Song
Marie
Marlboro Man

The Felice Brothers Yonder Is The Clock

The Big Surprise
Penn Station
Buried In Ice
Chicken Wire
Ambulance Man
Sailor Song
Katie Dear
Run Chicken Run
All When We Were Young
Boy from Lawrence County
Memphis Flu
Cooperstown
Rise and Shine

The Felice Brothers The Felice Brothers

Little Ann
Greatest Show On Earth
Frankie's Gun!
Goddamn You, Jim
Wonderful Life
Don't Wake The Scarecrow
Take This Bread
Saint Stephen's End
Love Me Tenderly
Ruby Mae
Murder By Mistletoe
Whiskey In My Whiskey
Helen Fry
Radio Song
Tip Your Way