I asked Birdmonster to play my showcase on the strength of a 3 song EP, and some serious word of mouth about their live show. I felt like I was probably setting myself up for disappointment, but after seeing the band play 4 times on their Texas visit, I can safely say that they somehow managed to exceed my huge expectations. I love this band. I love the way they bring it every single time they go on stage (they draw blood more often then not), and I love the fact that they are some of the nicest, most talented, unassuming, and least pretentious musicians on the planet.
Still, to be honest, I was skeptical that the songs on the new album, No Midnight (out April 11), could convey that magnetism, that spark, that unbridled energy that shines through in their amazing live show. Alas, my fears were once again for naught. The album sounds much different, and much better, than I'd hoped. What it lacks in polish and production is more than made up for with raw intensity and sheer emotion.
As I listened to the record with a friend, we talked about how frontman Peter Arcuni sounds like he's channeling Bruce Springsteen at times, and how this is more than another "indie-rock" record; it's just rock music, in the classic sense. No pretense, no attempts to be something they're not.
Ironically, one of my favorite tracks from the record is one that I don't think they played live. This song is the quintessential album closer. "Spaceman" captures that moment right on the verge of a second wind, filled with exhaustion, but exhaustion you can see beyond. The moment you decide if it's best to call it a night, or simply move the night somewhere else. The band has played their collective heart out, they're exhausted, you're exhausted...but no one is ready to go home.
Birdmonster Spaceman mp3
visit Music For Robots for another great track from No Midnight
Pre-order the album here, and thank me later.