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"multiple reviews, more info coming soon..."

we will add details later when we have more time. - Village Voice, Spin, Harp, Performer, Venuszine, Pitchfork Media, Said the Gramophone, Brooklyn Vega


e.p.: "Danger at Sea" 2006, self released
l.p.: "Hymns for a Dark Horse" 2007, Burly Time Records

We have radio play on stations in the U.S., the Netherlands, Italy, the UK, and Spain. We will soon be featured as a National Public Radio Band of the Day. We have been on numerous podcasts and have downloads available on many online blogs and zines. (Visit and search for bowerbirds to see examples.)



Bowerbirds – Hymns for a Dark Horse
Burly Time Records – Jul 10 2007

Hymns for a Dark Horse is the first album from Raleigh, N.C., trio Bowerbirds. Indicative of the music
they make, Bowerbirds were born of unequal parts conflict and sweetness.

Phil Moore and Mark Paulson had moved east from Iowa to form a band, Ticonderoga. In Raleigh,
Phil met Beth Tacular--a collected and published painter. Both were weary from the recent collapse of
their long term relationships but saw something special in each other. Not long before Ticonderoga
disinegrated on tour somewhere in Alabama, Phil and Beth moved in together.

While taking a summer birdwatching job in the swamps of South Carolina, Phil and Beth painted pictures and wrote songs and sang them. They started Bowerbirds and soon asked Mark to join them.

They've toured the country once in a minivan, playing small clubs and coffee shops and street
corners and camping in forests and deserts beneath the stars. They live in an Airstream trailer in the
woods, and they're ecstatic.

Built on the belief that our limited earth ("In Our Talons") is as sacred as the unlimited love that we
can find within it ("Human Hands"), Bowerbirds make acoustic music that feels good and aware and
powerful and hopeful, offering a shelter from the apathy so rampant these days.

The Rosebuds and Mountain Goats are big Bowerbirds fans, with John Darnielle of Mountain Goats calling them "My new favorite band in forever."

Bowerbirds are set to tour the U.S. in Fall '07 with Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice. They have received favorable coverage and record reviews (for "Hymns for a Dark Horse" and their earlier e.p., "Danger at Sea") in such publications as Spin Magazine, Harp Magazine, Performer Magazine, Venuszine, Pitchfork Media, Said the Gramophone, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Independent Weekly, National Public Radion, Stereogum, and numerous other publications, blogs and online zines.