I believe I rambled about this before in my SXSW 2015 coverage, but let’s review. When you go to a festival you have your personal line up that you have saved in numerous screen shots on your cellphone. We all do it. But for someone like me, someone who has covered a fair share of festivals, I look for more beyond those screenshots of awesome, well deserving bands. I hope to discover something new at every single festival, which is reasonable because it’s the shopping mall of concerts. At this year’s Xponential Festival, hosted by WXPN and it’s partners, that band was Fly Golden Eagle.
There are probably several reasons why I liked Fly Golden Eagle. I will say for sure it was the heavy call back to Detroit’s musical golden age in their songs, as well as Ben Trimble’s inexhaustible voice and captivating mullet. Their music clearly calls back to psychedelic 70s rock, it’s undeniable. Generally, you could say their appearance contributes to this, but I don’t want to be “that reporter”. I will note, in my defense, that the portion of the crowd who was alive during that time vocally agreed.
A little bit of background here….Fly Golden Eagle is a Nashville five piece birthed from the 60,000 vinyl awakening of Trimble. Their bio says that their sound is “downriver Detroit gospel-twang sound”, which is accurate for the most part. Their sound does have elements of southern blues, hence the “downriver” and “twang”. However, I wouldn’t say Detroit Gospel. Rather, I feel their sound is closer to Detroit Motown, like Marvin Gaye or The Supremes or Smokey Robinson or a combination of all three perhaps. Motown was very influenced by gospel of course, but I wanted to be specific. This genre labeling also leaves out the psychedelia element I mentioned a paragraph prior.
Anyway, for songs of reference here, if you aren’t already on board, would be “Stepping Stone”, “Take You There” and “Magic Seven”. Each track is off a different album, so hopefully I’ve done a good job presenting a variety and of baiting you to go beyond my recommendations.
Ultimately, the thumbs up, high five and props goes to whoever at WXPN who is tuned in enough to bring such a gem of a band to their constituents. For the better half of the next two weeks I will be listening to Fly Golden Eagle nonstop, as well as telling everyone about them.