Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird

 Berkeley, California, USA
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Jonathan Devoto steps out as singer/lead guitar/writer after 3 Epitaph albums and 8 years as Matches' lead guitar/back vox. Blends Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind. Four piece, all sing. Rich harmonies over bold but melodic guitar-driven rock ignited by JD's highly acclaimed guitar prowess.

Biography

to SXSW 2010 staff
- Bird by Bird's Devoto played SXSW 2008 and 2009 as lead guitarist of the Matches, headlining several parties and a showcase each year, drawing large crowds (overcapacity for the evening showcases). Fans eager to check out Devoto's new project will look for his band at SxSW 2010.
- Bird by Bird debuted in Berkeley as a club headliner in August 2009, selling out the Berkeley CA club. A few other Bay Area shows followed, and a revised line-up will debut as headliner at their next show, Jan 2, headlining San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill. Touring beginning Feb 09 being booked now.
- After a few months with just acoustic demos streaming on myspace, new full-band recordings (here as early mixes on this EPK Nov 09) will be first available to the public just before the Jan 2, 2010 S.F. club debut.
- Matches' Shawn Harris and Devoto, impromptu street performance Austin, SXSW 2009, on the back of a police cart, captured by Alternative Press mag: http://altpress.com/features/thematchesvid.htm ...Exclusive video: The Matches perform "Wicked Walk" acoustic at SXSW

bio
Jonathan Devoto surprises some long-time fans as he bounds forward to front his own band, Bird by Bird, as lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and songwriter. However, those who have followed his eight year career with the Matches, the popular Oakland-based (and constantly touring) rock band with Devoto handling lead guitar and backing vocals, are familiar with his intense and fiery live show and magnetic stage presence even in his support role.

Through three albums (Epitaph Records) and years of international touring, Devoto generated raves and accolades. Alternative Press magazine identifying him as one of current music's three best guitarists of 2008, declared: "Devoto brings a chameleon-like quality to the lead guitar slot in the Matches, as he's equally adept at sunny pop and lo-fi fuzz as he is on theater-punk and loud rockers."

The new songs Bird by Bird deliver are woven with sharp and nimble wordplay, fusing driving, syncopated rhythms and compelling melodies, much like the Matches' music. However, Devoto's material leans toward a more emphatic, more robust rock sound, unabashed guitar glimmer supporting melodic charm and layered harmonies.

Devoto and his writing partner have shaped a sonic blend with echoes of Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind, and, yes, the Matches. Emotional, intense, vulnerable, and vivid -- the songs, the vocal delivery, the guitar moves, the instrumental interplay all convey the passion of Bird by Bird's complete and confident music vision.

Lyrics

She Calls

Written By: Jonathan Devoto, Miles Hurwitz

drops her glass, it breaks, she sweeps
broom in hand, shaken, she weeps
glisten / sharp / shattered / shine
a careless grasp and a dangerous mind

it's late, she calls
lately, she calls me
she calls me crying
she calls me crying
though I just listen
if feels like lying

treasured gift in her hand, strand strained tight
hazy rift, beads land, take flight
glisten / smooth / scattered / shine
a desperate grasp and a haphazard mind

it's late, she calls
lately, she calls me
she calls me crying
she calls me crying
though I just listen
if feels like lying
it's late, she calls
lately, she calls me
she calls me crying
she calls me crying
she must need me listening
she needs... she must need this lying

she's no idea why things have gone, gone this way
wonders how she's to blame for bold collapse after sly decay
she cries, she's so shocked, so broken
so undone with few words spoken
"go on, tell me, tell me more," ...'s all I say

Where Did You Go?

Written By: Jonathan Devoto, Miles Hurwitz

chanted "revolution," evolution held the truth
signs high, crowds loud, radical you, restless youth
rains feed mountain creek to stream, river to sea
see who leads us now
somehow we're closer than we've been to where we're meant to be

marching through the streets
you are the change
where did you go? where did you go?
where did you go?
shouting down the walls
you are the change
where did you go? where did you go?
where did you go?
sang out 'bout love
"love is the change"
it's been two score
the song remains the same

we hear those years were fueled by passions' flames
chaos ruled and rules became the domain of the tame
was the gun ever beaten into plow?
echoes now of vows from history
are we no closer than we've been to where we're meant to be?

we must be the change, we must be the change
we must be the change, be the change
Great Soul said
we must be, we must be the change

where... where ... where did you go?

It'll Be Alright

Written By: Jonathan Devoto, Miles Hurwitz

ay oh
ah ay oh
ah hey ay
ah hey oh

we're holding to our promise
it was more than just a Maker's dare
we left Kate the keys and a three-page note
we begged her to understand it's not that we don't care
unfolding, unscripted
beyond feel-good fluff
this life, our life
it's not a bluff
tonight we weave our legend

so pack your bags light
we leave tonight
we leave here tonight
it'll be alright
we can name this escape
or we could claim this as fate
we leave here tonight
it'll be alright

we're mapping out our exodus
running from or running to?
let's not hide our stumbles, disguise our gamble
it's hard enough just to know, so hard to know, what is true
not some trite freedom song --
this life, our life
it's drags us along
tonight we weave our legend

Set List

30-45 min