Eureka Birds
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Eureka Birds

Baltimore, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Baltimore, Maryland, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
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Baltimore is a melting pot of artists. It has the plethora of metal bands (enough to round out Maryland’s Deathfest each year), top-shelf indie bands like Beach House and Wye Oak, and once held Animal Collective. Eureka Birds seem to fit somewhere into the indie category, especially with “Mila Don’t Make a sound”, the first single off the new album Strangers. “Mila” is a strong indicator that Eureka Birds are set and willing to explore the weirder, art-damaged side of pop music. - Chunky Glasses


“This Baltimore, Maryland group specialize in beautifully lush, languid, and dreamy indie pop that goes super heavy on the hypnotic wonky atmosphere. Bland and conventional this low-key spacey stuff sure ain’t, as the offbeat percolating keyboards, subdued, yet steady drums, and soft whispery vocals clearly confirm. The exquisitely spare and moody nature of this music gives it a certain quietly mesmerizing quality that’s soothing and captivating in equal measure. A lovely and perfectly relaxing album.” - Joe Wawrzyniak, - Jersey Beat


"This is one of the best songs of the year." - Baltimore City Paper


Baltimore’s Eureka Birds play on their strengths well, penning a kaleidoscope style of rock that might be hard to pinpoint but is quite easy to enjoy. Baroque pop, piano ballads and moody psyche-rock are ideas all kept in their arsenal and dispensed meticulously, and the consistent melodies make songs about not so upbeat themes into tuneful, playful indie-rock. Available for a free download at their Bandcamp and well worth the time to listen. (Tom Haugen) - New Noise Magazine


It’s not every video we get to see a couple of strong women in leotards, a Mexican wrestler, a tattooed sailor, a fireman, and an astronaut in a foot race, but that’s just one of the many flights of fancy on display in this exquisitely animated video for Eureka Birds’ “Fastest.” That’s before we get to the rocket flight to Mars. - BULLETT


"Oh! My Dear," "The Still Life," "Found", and "Mila Don't Make a Sound" on rotation at 89.7 WTMD.

"Oh! My Dear," and "Goodbye Space and Time" peaked at #7 and #22 on Hype Machine's pop chart. CMJ #162 CMJ Radio 200.

"That Mountain is a Volcano" peaked at #9 on Hype Machine's pop chart. - NA


Baltimore natives Eureka Birds feel a bit out of place in the current musical climate. They don’t adhere to any particular fad or set of sub-genre tendencies. They don’t dwell in dream pop proclivities or on electro-pop aesthetics but seem to reside somewhere in the murky borderlands between half a dozen different genres. Brewing their own prismatic pop concoction, the band filters their influences through modulated synthesizers, driving rhythms, and a sense of claustrophobic musical tension – though they’re not averse to dipping into swells of orchestral synthwork on occasion. We’ll be able to hear more of their interwoven strands of inventive arrangements when they release their latest album, Strangers, on October 29th. - Beats Per Minute


Rating: 9.2/10

The setting here is important. A stormy, windy October night when the red rear lights of a pickup start to fade away - then Eureka Birds plays. Complete with the subtle whispers, dying chimes and the type of ambiance that opens the mind up, this Baltimore group hit the nail on the head with their self-titled debut album that released last month.

What Justin Levy (vocals, piano), Dave Rogoza (guitar) and Allin Hinton (keyboards, synthesizer) thought up, they delivered. With the help of Tyler Watkins (Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s) in the recording process, not only did Eureka Birds capture a dynamic sound for the season, but they have also dipped into an expansive sound that enabled them to pick up Dami Soh (cello), Jason Hoffheins (drums) and Mike Passariello (bass) for their live act without missing a beat.

Any new listener to Eureka Birds can find comfort in that fact that the album doesn’t need to be played all the way through to find a decent track. Every song works well on its own. The tracks that best present the group’s mystical sound are “The Still Life”, “Oh! My Dear” and “Dinosaurs”.

Opening up the album in a slow motion groove, “The Still Life” exhibits just a morsel of the creative engineering behind the 11 tracks ahead. The use of a patient electric piano and simple drums set the pace for this track as it slowly winds along with Levy’s lyrics of “All these crazy things you think”. The addition of a metal rumble strip-sounding clip halfway through this song sends a relaxing, yet mystic feel that sets the mood and tempo for rest of the album.

[Eureka Birds] Containing the almost spiritual haunting within the album is “Oh! My Dear”. Whining violin strings, presumptuous horns and the low end piano playing capture this mystic mode most completely out of any track on Eureka Birds. Outside of lyrics that sing “There’s an unexplained creaking underneath my floorboards, and if you listen close you can hear the most haunting sound”, the instrumentals manage to define this creepiness as heavy trombone and spiraling downward noises add to this bizarre song.

“Dinosaurs” offers another imaginative look into the album, as it sings to dinosaurs acting like people. The whole concept lends to metaphors, but really any song about these long deceased reptiles that roamed the Earth works wonders for a wandering mind. To make the glue to this song stick stronger, Levy’s vocals meet every rising fear the lyrics and slammed hi-hats create.

Over the course of this 11-track album, the electric piano does stand out a bit more than the other instruments, although with a such great number of instruments supporting it, each time the piano shows up, it comes across with a new supporting cast and overall sound. The complete list of instruments on this album includes: vibraphone, drums, xylophone, guitar, bass, violin, bells, trumpet, trombone, organ, tambourine, and regular, electric and electric pianos. This album also featured nine artists.

Eureka Birds has everything one could ask for from an indie rock band that leans towards a down-tempo approach. Harnessing the talents of so many artists outside of the original three places Eureka Birds in a class few bands can touch. Although Levy’s vocals really are never exploited, they work for for the mood they sing in. As each song can stand alone, it should be noted that the flow of the album never throws a curve ball.

This album easily qualifies as one of the top albums of the year due to this concerted, quality effort loaded originality. Since it only was released in October, the staying power of the group’s sound is still yet to be determined as they move forward as six and not three. Check out the mp3s below and let us know what you think. - Music Under Fire


Baltimore’s own Eureka Birds, are like a pared down, indie rock version of Radiohead. And that’s a good thing. Their music lacks the boom and pomp and, most noticeably, the breaking-and-creaking voice of Thom Yorke, but retains the spaced out vibe that achieves intimacy, paradoxically, by creating distance from the listener. The painful torture of each song calls to mind Death Cab in their earlier days, but the production is more shoegazey and atmospheric. Every song sounds far away, but feels close and lonely.

The band’s self-titled debut is both a grower and a shower. Opening track, “The Still Life,” is eerie and enticing, and it is the perfect beginning to the “Now They Rise” closer, about the dead who will live again. What are Eureka Birds talking about? It’s impossible to know for sure, because the lyrics are often abstract, but each song seems to be directed at a particular person. Some individual who has crossed paths with Justin Levy at some time in the past, perhaps broken his heart or stolen his car, and the singer is trying desperately to reconnect.

Levy, the frontman, is the vocalist and piano player. It’s not unusual to have a band led by the ivory tinkler, but there’s nothing conventional about Eureka Birds. Every time I hear this record I like it more. This is a fascinating debut, worth more study, worth your attention, and worth your money.

I recommend it highly. Go check it out. - Berkeley Place


The self-titled release by Baltimore’s Eureka Birds late last year took out my feet from under me. From there the sound of the unsigned group has found its way to our friends and readers. At Philadelphia’s North Star Bar, the six-man band’s entrancing eloquence quivered beyond the surround brick walls, perhaps ushering in a new wave of fans.

About a year ago at the North Star Bar, we were smart/fortunate enough to catch Sea Wolf. Behind the vocals of Alex Brown Church and all of the well-timed and cleanly projected instruments, the show (not concert) of the year took place. Harnessing many similar aspects of their show as Sea Wolf, Eureka Birds glimmered behind Justin Levy for another memorable showcase at the hallway bar.

While Church and co. formed around a folk rock mystique, Eureka Birds integrated the same spacey feel of an acoustic show with a hollowed-out and edgy creation, courtesy of Levy’s down-tempo and controlled keyboard work along with Dami Soh’s winding cello play. When their synthesizer added to the keyboard and soft sticks hit the drums, the group most effectively projected their portentous presence. Add an electric guitar capable of a solo at any whim and a bass emptying the dead space and the music emitted a feverish tremor.

The songs “Oh My Dear” and “Goodbye Space and Time” commanded the most attention from the hour long set. Chants of “more cello” resounded from the back of the bar after Soh’s cello whittled together the eerily uptight “Oh My Dear”. In “Goodbye Space and Time” several guitar solos, lyrics that slowly faded in and out, and a jazz hall composition closed the set as our video below shows.

After talking with the group after the show, we found out this was their first trip up to Philly. They also mentioned plans to begin working on a new album and possibly take their act on the road full time. Eureka Birds currently have three shows slated for next month, including one with The Reign of Kindo, another group we have monitored since their formation in the wake of This Day & Age’s end.

For more on Eureka Birds, check out their website and MySpace. To check out our review of their album, head here. The album is also on iTunes. - Music Under Fire


To write a long and detailed review of this album would be pointless, because honestly the songs speak for themselves. Remarkably it’s their debut album, which beggars belief because they’ve got it so, so right. It’s a finely crafted, excellently produced piece of musical loveliness that evokes sadness, joy, melancholy, hope and just makes you feel like everything’s going to be alright in the end.

Buy it, listen to it, listen to it again and again – you’ll get something new out of it every time. - Insomnia Radio


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Baltimore natives Eureka Birds dare to ascend their local musical trends and create twisted art-pop guided by crystalline melodies. Emerging out of a city where artists are typically fenced into a particular genre - be it ethereal dream pop, experimental punk, or electronic music - Eureka Birds play kaleidoscopic tunes that effortlessly jump from style to style, whether it's Caribbean rumba, psychedelic fuzz rock, bombastic piano ballads, or 1960's soul.

Eureka Birds began with Justin Levy's early forays into songwriting at the University of Maryland, where he was introduced to ace guitarist Dave Rogoza in 2004. After catching the attention of Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos bassist and producer Tyler Watkins, they worked together to record their debut self-titled album in 2008. They then connected with the group's missing links in 2011; bassist Scott Hesel and drummer Dan Vellucci, solidifying the current lineup.

With a full band finally settled, Eureka Birds flexed their muscle on 2013's "Strangers". Recorded in a swift ten days, Strangers reflects both the instrumental skill and the wide range of influences the band draws upon, and these diverse influences help frame singer Justin Levy's wry and self-deprecating lyrics on lofty ambitions, failed relationships, and late night debauchery.

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