The Past Meets The Future On The Birds Of Night's Debut LP.
With the amazing amount of technology available these days, it's not hard to start taking things like cell phones and iPods for granted.
One of our junior high school teachers often tried to drive this point home to us by constantly telling us that we had more technology available to us in our graphing calculators than Neil Armstrong had aboard his shuttle. Whether or not that statement was entirely accurate is beside the point. What's truly important is that this generation's musicians realize that some of the all-time great records were made in entire studios that housed less technology than a modern day laptop does.
That's a fact not lost on The Birds of Night's frontman, Andrew Rothlisberger.
The Denton trio churns out a rather convincing brand of throwback garage rock, so it makes sense that they'd opt to record it in such a manner that it captures that Buddy Holly-era magic without sounding too contrived.
Their December 2011 Fulton St. EP and their debut LP Snaps released in June were recorded in the spare bedroom of an apartment using only the three microphones Rothlisberger owned, forgoing many of the effects and mixing elements that wouldn't have been available to artists from decades past.
The results can be found in an LP that captures the punk spirit of early Costello, the grit of Link Wray and the charm of Ty Segall. Unlike Segall and the hoard of California garage revivalists currently mining the same set of '60s and '70s influences, however, The Birds of Night manage to pull off the lo-fi thing more genuinely, without relying so heavily on such preposterous levels of reverb that much of the instrumentation is rendered pretty unrecognizable. To be fair, though, none of the recording techniques or tonal qualities would matter all much if the batch of songs on Snaps weren't so catchy and unrelentingly cool, deftly merging techniques and tones from the past and future. Grab the track “Bite,” which the band has been kind enough to pass along to Central Track readers as a free download, below.