Stream The New Birds Of Night LP In Full.
If Andrew Roth Rothlisberger's decision to record the first two releases from his band The Birds of Night in the spare bedroom of a Denton apartment while using just three microphones and anachronistic equipment is, as the frontman likes to say, a nod to his love of toy cameras and their visual aesthetic, then the band's latest effort is the aural equivalent of playing with Instagram.
Recorded in part by Midlake guitarist Eric Pulido at his band's studio and mixed by Pulido's bandmate, drummer McKenzie Smith at Denton's Redwood Studio, We're a Family Now plays out like a bass-ier, only slightly fuller take on the throwback, '60s soul-meets-garage sound displayed on 2011's Fulton St. EP and last summer's Snaps LP.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. The Birds of Night's blend continues to process Rothlisberger's vocals with that same, trademark thin, fuzzy, heavily retro-inspired treatment that has sort of become the band's most defining quality. Behind the vocals, though, the frequent hat tips to '60s garage rock found on Snaps have become more sparse as the band seems to be aiming for the broader appeal of a slightly more updated sound this time around.
For instance, on “I Don't Know What You Want,” the jangly eighth notes played by new guitarist Travis Stafford against the backbeat of drummer Brandon Seitzler and Rothlisberger's effected vocals sound like the same southern take on The Strokes as heard on Kings of Leon's 2003 debut, Youth and Young Manhood — and, again, that's not a bad thing. Later, the seven-plus minute journey on the down-tempo “Gold” finds the band stretching out its songwriting legs in a way they've never previously attempted, proving that there is more substance to the band's songs than simply the ability to so convincingly ape a particular style.
You can grab a physical copy of the disc on Saturday, April 27, at the band's Dallas release show at the Prophet Bar. But, first, the band has been kind enough to pass along a stream of the entire record, which we've posted below.