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The Wild Feathers Wrap Fall Tour: Photos From New York Finale

Nashville band take us behind the scenes of the momentous last stop on their two-year tour

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The Wild Feathers, Desert Noises and the Apache Relay close out their Fall tour at Irving Plaza

Nicole Fara Silver

Last month, the Wild Feathers wrapped up a six-week headlining tour with Desert Noises and the Apache Relay, all three bands descending upon New York City's Irving Plaza in a cloud of guitar chords, stacked harmonies and… hidden bananas? "That was a crazy night," remembers Ricky Young, one of the Wild Feathers' three frontmen. "It was the final night of a tour with two great bands. We'd gotten extremely close with them, playing music together and sharing the grind of a month-and-a-half on the road in some really cold cities. It was a bittersweet moment, to know we were all leaving the next day." Photographer Nicole Fara Silver was on hand, capturing the highlights — onstage and off — of the November 21st show. 

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

Rearing Back

The Wild Feathers are currently enjoying their first big break from touring in nearly three years… but that doesn't mean they've stopped working. "We're about to make another record," Young explains. "I definitely think it's gonna be a lot different than the first one. We've become such a live band. There's a lot of energy there. We've never wanted to repeat records and do the same thing, so this is the time to challenge ourselves. We're always gonna be the Wild Feathers, though."

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

Live and Loud

"We love writing and recording and making records," Young says, "but to go out there and play a show and feel that thing between you and the audience… it never gets old to me. I don't think the rush ever goes away. Every night, my mind is reblown. It's like, 'What? How is this possible? How is this happening?'"

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

Wild Rhythms

Ben Jarvis is the band's newest member. The Wild Feathers crossed paths with him one night at the 5 Spot, a small club in East Nashville, where Jarvis was playing drums for another local act. He was offered a permanent spot in Wild Feathers' lineup later that week. "We had just finished recording our album when Ben joined the band," Young says. "Fred Eltringham had played drums on the record, and he's great, but we needed a full-time dude. Ben's an animal. He grew up listening to soul, and he's got a creative mind. He's not just trying to hit the cymbals hard; he's a thinker."

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

Get Down Tonight

"If you get up there and play your stock set, you're gonna get bored," admits Ricky Young. "The audience is gonna get bored. We always try to keep it interesting. We'll go off on little instrumental parts — anything to keep it fun. It's cool to be part of something that moves like that."

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

King of Rock

Here, bass player and vocalist Joel King take a break from the microphone. "We like it to be super packed and sweaty in the venues," says Young, who shares lead vocal duties with King and Taylor Burns. "A rock & roll venue with a rock & roll band playing."

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

Wild Dogs

Friends since their teenage years, Taylor Burns and Preston Wimberly played together in the Austin-based blues band Noble Dog before joining the Wild Feathers. Burns credits that shared history for adding to the onstage chemistry between the two guitarists. "Preston was in my first band ever," he explains. "We've really locked it in over the years. We can tell where the other wants to go, musically. I'll also try to change it up a little bit, too, to keep it interesting. I'll try to to get him to give me more, or to make him go longer on the solos."

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

New York Highways

"Irving Plaza has a good vibe," Young says. "A lot of bigger bands will go play there, because it's a 1000-capacity venue that feels like an intimate place. The Foo Fighters played the place right after us, for their Sonic Highways series."

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

Among the Fans

"I prefer the crowd to be directly up on us," says Young, pictured here sharing some one-on-one time with the front row. "As a music fan and a concertgoer, whenever I'm in the audience, I like to be up there. I like to see the guitar pedals the guys are using. I don't like distance; I want to get up close and feel that energy."

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The Wild Feathers perform on the last night of tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 21st, 2014.

Nicole Fara Silver

Big Happy Family

Every tour has its traditions. As the Wild Feathers' headlining set wound to a close each night, Desert Noises and the Apache Relay would come back to the stage for a collaborative version of the Band's "The Weight." "We've been on great tours with great people," says Taylor Burns, "but every single guy in both of these guys was genuinely down to earth. Good dudes, good vibes. We were all hanging out, singing the encores together, getting everybody up on stage. It was my favorite tour so far."

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