Swift and inventive, Farewell Milwaukee’s sound is informed by artists from the 60s and 70s but is never beholden to them. Instead Farewell Milwaukee bend those influences into new shapes and sounds. On Can’t Please, You Can’t Please Me they work hard to make it look easy, establishing a casual country-rock majesty on the album’s very first notes.
Farewell Milwaukee have been mainstays on the Minneapolis scene since 2008, with two albums and countless live shows under their belts, but Can’t Please, You Can’t Please Me represents an enormous step forward. It’s their most confident album: the band shows fresh resourcefulness in crafting its sound, and lead singer Ben Lubeck digs deeper into his own personal life to pen songs that reveal new, often dark depths with each listen. “I’d be lying if I said this record wasn’t extremely personal to all of us,” he says.
The band chose to work with Brad Bivens (Dawes, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), who produced their second album, When It Sinks In. Over nine days Farewell Milwaukee recorded these dozen songs live, for the most part tracking together as a full band. “It allowed us to feed off each other’s energy,” says Adam Lamoureux (keys and vocals). “There’s a lot of flex and give in our music when we play live, so that seemed like the best way to recreate that energy in the studio.” This determined work ethic and live-in-the-studio approach allowed Farewell Milwaukee to capture a certain dynamic—to nod to their heroes while never sounding like anyone but themselves. Wide ThumbClearartFanart Banner User Comments