DOWNERS, recorded in 2003 is the long awaited follow-up to the Feebs' anthology "I'm Afraid of Life." Suppressed for half a decade by the Feebs' Jim O'Shaughnessy (who often makes grand statements like "I'm never releasing this" and "I'm done recording music"), the album finally sees the light of day in 2008.
Recorded at little ease studios in Portland, Oregon, DOWNERS' has been declared the Feebs' "Like Flies on Sherbert", Alex Chilton's alternately praised and reviled document of untethered rock and roll havoc.
DOWNERS is full of manifestoes to no one; theses on the invisible labor; amplified and crushing, with melodies that pierce the noise like light through a fist.
The Feebs' music has been described as "personal, varied, strongly based on traditional songwriting virtues but full of invention and fresh as can be." It's also been described as sounding like it was "recorded in the bathroom." A real "rock snob," as Vanity Fair would say. He plays all the instruments (guitar, bass, keyboards, lap steel, drums, an odd asortment of percussion, penny whistle, keymonica, etc., etc.) and records it all on a digital 8-track, which he tries as hard as possible to make sound like his old busted 4-track. Above the swell of the sonics, rich and sometimes ragged harmonies ride the glorious minutes.
DOWNERS is the first release by Sleeping Brothers Records, a label run by the O'Shaughnessy Brothers.