We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Ether Feather’s new song “The Falconer” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut full-length.
Ether Feather singer/drummer Dylan Ryan commented on the song:
“The title came after the words were already done. I just thought it was an intense image; a silhouette of a foreboding figure commanding birds of prey. It wasn’t like we had this glaring chorus like Slowride or Everybody Wants Some that we had to stand by with the title so I could loosen those reigns and let the name be a bit more abstract. It sounds a little 90’s arthouse, too. Maybe I subconsciously like that. When I think about it, I could imagine a movie from ’93 with James LeGros and Jennifer Tilly or Claire Forlani called ‘the Falconer.’ As far as the music goes there are a few pretty big nods to Sabbath, not just vocally, but the middle section starting completely without any relation to the previous music like Wheels Of Confusion or even Electric Funeral. I do recall Rush and ZZ Top being tossed around as references while tracking this, but I wish I could hear those features in the song now. I guess maybe the drum breaks at the end sound a little like a Neil Peart freak on Quaaludes. Like Jason Segel in ‘Freaks and Geeks.'”
About the band:
Although they took their name from a Captain Beefheart lyric, Los Angeles psych metal trio Ether Feather seems to worship more at the alters of Budgie, and Pentagram. In many ways the band, with just one release, actually began in 2011 when singer/drummer Dylan Ryan (Cursive, Fatal Jamz) started the instrumental trio called SAND with future Ether Feather collaborators Devin Hoff (Cibo Matto, Julia Holter) and Tim Young (Reggie Watts’ Late Late Show Band). After two SAND records, several national tours, and numerous shows supporting bands like Minus The Bear, Mike Watt & The Missingmen, Qui, Cursive, and Ben Chasny, Ryan set aside the old name in favor of something that better reflected the new direction of the psychedelic proto-metal he was writing and chose the Ether Feather moniker he had used for some soundtracks. Ether Feather self-released an EP in 2017 called Other Memory and are sorting out the 2018 release of their debut full-length.
Top photo by Magdalena Wosinka