Our band started together in middle school, within two years of playing we were writing original material and recording in professional studios, even catching the attention of former Sony Music Chairman, Don Ienner. Unfortunately our band broke apart once high school started. Our drummer moved away to Texas after freshman year and after spending two years apart left home and went to New York for the summer to get the band back together. After spending the summer playing shows together and recording, we all saw that we could really take our band somewhere. With that our drummer decided to stay in New York to try and make it happen. over the year, we've been playing bigger and better shows and making the best music we've ever made. Now that we're out of high school were ready to take our band to the next level. What sets our band apart from everyone else is that we've been playing together and recording music since age 11 when we first picked up instruments, were childhood friends and wont stop until we make it.
Andrew Wolfson - Lead guitar/ Vocals
Carter McNeil - Drums/Guitar
Tom D'agustino - Guitar/Vocals
Zach Slater - Bass
Magnum Opus, May 2012
Imaginary Talent Show, August 2011
This Time. April 2012
ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY – “READY TO GO” [NEW MUSIC]
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ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY – “READY TO GO” [NEW MUSIC] It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’ve barely h...ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY – “READY TO GO” [NEW MUSIC]
It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’ve barely had time to listen to music, never mind write about it, but I was so intrigued by Active Bird Community from New York City that I had to take a minute to share. They just released the Ready To Go EP (click the cover above to download).
My introduction to the band was through their May release, Magnum Opus, and what stunned me is how much I struggled to pin down the albums influences and genre. Ostensibly, their tracks are all easily classified as “rock,” but they’re birthed from such a marvelous mix it’s tough to get more specific. For instance, this first track, “Honors Student” off Magnum Opus:
Those first few seconds, that’s Brand New! It’s almost plagiarism it’s so similar, but then the second they sound like Brand New, they sound like Blink 182, but the second they sound like Blink 182, they sound like a woozy throwback to college indie rock circa that time everyone knew all the words to “Flagpole Sitta.” I can’t tell if the lyrics are juvenile or stoned or both or if anyone involved knows how throwback this cover looks:
That’s not of the era of Instagram and cheap digital SLRs; that’s a photo from a time when disposable cameras walked the earth and Athens, Georgia was a musical mecca. It’s a dead ringer for the kind of CD (Meaning “Compact Disc.” Ask your parents.) I would pull out of a discount bin at Sam Goody (also a thing once). Some of the confusion comes from being so used to bands over-producing tracks within an inch of their lives that it’s jarring to hear so un-AutoTuned, so relatively raw. Active Bird Community don’t sound like guys who put their first tracks together with a $5000 Pro Tools rig. They sound like they recorded this in a garage, maybe on tape. It’s a little jarring at first, but all the imperfections draw your ear in and, in some ways, highlight the songwriting that still shines through the dirty surface.
Barnburner “Pretty Old” will stay in your brain all day if you let it – “If we die young/then we can be pretty.”
- and “Woke Up” off Ready To Go sounds like it starts halfway through an Explosions in the Sky song and only gets bigger from there:
I’m not sure what’s brewing here – or if the band members are even old enough to drink – but the recipe is potent. Get downloading and stay tuned.
Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |