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 vigilant hawk nesting atop a New York City skyscraper, there is a fury—a swooping darker underside that Backwords is not hesitant to embody – be it in lyrical cynicism, primal growl, or feedbacking improvisations. In between sun-drenched, flowery pop melodies, freak-outs are always welcomed.
Recorded in the dead of summer in a large open warehouse space in Sunset Park, Brooklyn – “Nest” is an album of openness, and change. Pulling influence from the multi-songwriter, multi-lead-vocalist approach of Fleetwood Mac’s quintessential albums “Rumours” and “Tusk,” “Nest” is an eclectic mix of songs, where different band members are in the spotlight at different times. Energized by the raw emotional outpouring and humanness of the Stones, “Exile on Main St.,” songs like “Waiting for the Weekend” and “Gloria” burst forth with an undeniable honesty in everything from lyrical content, to vocal delivery, to the natural way in which band recorded each track – live, all at once, and all together with the 95 degree August heat sweltering through the warehouse. There are bits of Pop, Motown, Garage, Blues, Surf, Soul, Folk and Psychedelia scattered throughout “Nest.” There is also a sense of experimentation – of shedding light on new forms of art. Horn sections of out sync with each other. Vocals recorded in reverse and used as atmospheric layers. And buried under synth textures, a looped field recording from an Occupy Wall St. protest in New York City serves as the backdrop and actual backbeat of the song “Notice Me.”
Remember when you could buy a slice of pizza at any spot for $1? Remember when the Salvation Army was where you went to get your clothes and there were no J. Crews or Urban Outfitters in Brooklyn? Remember the original Freddy’s Bar before it got torn down and the Barclays center was erected? “Nest” calls upon these times. And there can be no better way to describe this album other than by thinking of it as “Rock & Roll.” All in all, Backwords is OK with accepting any connotations that come along with such a tag. And perhaps for the first time, this band created a Rock & Roll album in “Nest.”
With well over 300 shows under their belts, Backwords has shared bills with artists such as: Olivia Tremor Control, Donnie and Joe Emerson, Elf Power, Lucius, Turbo Fruits, Yellowbirds, Quilt, Julian Lynch, Warpaint, Pujol, The Spinto Band, Fort Lean, Ava Luna, Chris Stamey, Craft Spells, Forest Fire, Le Loup, Freelance Whales, The Wooden Birds, Reptar, Shilpa Ray, Dark Dark Dark, and more.
Release Date: September 16, 2014
1. I’m Not Lying
2. Heart Stopped Beating
4. Waiting for the Weekend
5. Waves of Summer
6. Small Again
7. Notice Me
8. Table for One
9. (There Goes My) Heart Again
10. That’s Where I’ve Been