Album Review: Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers

Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers
Demo 2013
Self Released •

As one of Bellingham’s hot up-and-coming bands, Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers deliver a one-two punch with their eponymous five-track demo that will leave any alternative or jam band lover reeling. Normally a band as young as these guys would be stumbling around trying to find their identity, but that is not the case here. Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers have a sound, and a voice, and a mission to bring good vibes into the world with their music, and they definitely succeed.
“Young Love” and “Take Us Home” kick off the album with just as many joyful moments as a day spent at the beach in July. There is almost a reggae state of mind on these tracks as Major Sturm sings of simple joys and positivity. But it’s on “Never Stop, Never Rest” that the band really comes to full bloom and power. This track showcases how good this band is as a unit. The extended jam on this song is reason enough for anyone to go out and pick up this album.
The only knock to be made against this record is how short it is. Someone needs to pony up some cash and resources to get these guys in the studio to record more tracks and make more firm believers in Bellingham and beyond.
–Garret Hendricks