Since Nashville, Tenn.-based band The Features are on the Kings of Leon's newly formed major imprint, comparisons to the Followill clan are bound to occur. After all, successful bands often give a helping hand to bands that sound more than a wee bit like them (see Modest Mouse and Wolf Parade). And in the case of The Features, the comparison is justified. Like the Kings, The Features — Matt Pelham on lead vocals and guitar, Mark Bond on keys, Roger Dabbs on bass, and Rollum Hass on drums — favor short, punchy numbers with arena-rock choruses, and nearly all of the tracks on their second album, Some Kind of Salvation, sound like they were recorded in one take, much like the Kings. (Give "Temporary Blues," "Lions," and "Off Track" a spin and you'll hear it for yourself.)
However, there is one major difference — The Features are far more experimental and their tastes far more eclectic than the Followill boys. Pelham and company embrace electronic beats, keyboards, horns, and a genuine weirdness that borders on the eerie. That said, there are plenty of peppy poppers here and swoony ballad-type-things.
The Features share the stage with The Whigs on Tues. Dec. 15 at the Pour House (see story this week's issue). Check out thefeatures.com for more.