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EDITORS’ NOTES

On Some Kind of Salvation, the Features blend punchy power pop with skewed Southern rock (think Kings of Leon, a band they’ve toured with) and create a set of energetic, infectious songs. Hailing from Tennessee, this is the band’s second full-length release and with a front line of riff-heavy electric guitar and chiming keyboards, the album features an impressive number of memorable hooks and catchy choruses, the best of which may be the terrific “Lions.” There are also driving horns (“The Drawing Board, “Wooden Heart”), rowdy rave-ups (“The Temporary Blues”), a great left-field selection riding an unexpected synth beat that quickly grows on you (“Concrete”), and a pair of soulful ballads (“The Gates of Hell,” “Baby’s Hammer”). The songs are sharp, the lyrics clever and interesting, and lead singer and guitarist Matt Pelham has a powerful and evocative voice that really gets these tunes across. Raw and unpretentious, Some Kind of Salvation is a fun album that delivers the goods.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Some Kind of Salvation, the Features blend punchy power pop with skewed Southern rock (think Kings of Leon, a band they’ve toured with) and create a set of energetic, infectious songs. Hailing from Tennessee, this is the band’s second full-length release and with a front line of riff-heavy electric guitar and chiming keyboards, the album features an impressive number of memorable hooks and catchy choruses, the best of which may be the terrific “Lions.” There are also driving horns (“The Drawing Board, “Wooden Heart”), rowdy rave-ups (“The Temporary Blues”), a great left-field selection riding an unexpected synth beat that quickly grows on you (“Concrete”), and a pair of soulful ballads (“The Gates of Hell,” “Baby’s Hammer”). The songs are sharp, the lyrics clever and interesting, and lead singer and guitarist Matt Pelham has a powerful and evocative voice that really gets these tunes across. Raw and unpretentious, Some Kind of Salvation is a fun album that delivers the goods.

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About The Features

The Features are a psychedelic rock outfit that plays fresh, off-kilter pop that sounds like a head-on collision between Ray Davies and Elvis Costello with the Elephan 6 Collective picking up the pieces and putting them back together in the American South. Formed in the small, hidden town of Sparta, Tennessee, guitarist and vocalist Matt Pelham, bassist Roger Dabbs, keyboardist Parrish Yaw, and drummer Rollum Haas began playing their quirky and contagious pop as the Features around Pelham's colorful personal ruminations. Their self-titled debut EP, released in 1997, drew heavily on thick keyboards and an original, updated new wave sound. The Beginning EP -- a classicist pop record, at once as lush and sun-dappled as the Shins, and as pointed and probing as the Jam, followed with a U.K. release on Fierce Panda in 2003. The record was put out in the United States by Universal in March of 2004, with slightly altered tracking. Several other U.K. 7"s never saw a U.S. domestic release, but the The Beginning was finally unleashed stateside in March 2004. Exhibit A, The Features debut full length, was relesed in September of 2004 by Universal. ~ Charles Spano

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