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Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds Working On New Album

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering BirdsBrendan Kelly has made known that he is actively working on the sophomore album for his project, Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds

The material will follow their 2012 full-length, I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever, available now through Red Scare Industries

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds - I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds

I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The effects of children and middle-age on the hard-rocking psyche are among the great curiosities of punk. In 2012, men with sagging earlobes and burst capillaries listlessly patrol the malls and Disneyland. They shush teenagers in movie theaters and bend wide arcs on the sidewalk to avoid skateboarders. Enter Brendan Kelly, angry old man of punk.

His new album – solo with accompaniment? Soloesque? – opens with the cheerfully cruel “Suffer the Children, Come Unto Me,” in which a flattering line directed at a girl in a bar quickly gives way to dark and perverted introspection on the learned heartlessness of sexual predation. Not the illegal kind – criminals of that kind become the target of the narrator’s wrath elsewhere on the album – rather, the kind inspired by too many nights in the dens of iniquity that set the stage for several of the album’s spine-tingling tracks.

The misanthropy that permeates the I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever is a refreshingly brutal narration of the kind of life other artists are often, perhaps out of a sense of self-preservation, tempted to render with sterile romanticism. Undergirding the subject matter is a rock sensibility conventional by self-dubbed “conceptual album” standards that makes the contrast all the more powerful. The epithet at the end of “Suffer the Children” and the build-up to the drop of “Dance of the Doomed” are as poignant musical moments as Kelly has ever taken part in.

Where the offense fails and gives way to introspection the song-craft is a little thinner, and tracks like “Ramblin’ Revisited” are largely wasted opportunities, opportunities really only available on conceptual albums put together by soloist offshoots from already-popular groups. (In punk this is a surprisingly sizeable population) Elsewhere, tracks like “American Vagina” partially impress by demonstrating Kelly’s unflinching command of his voice, without really taking off. The bold exposition that permeates “Dance of the Doomed” and “Latenightelasticbags” has elements of Tom Waits’ grungy sexuality that, if Kellycan get a band and enough studio time for more than one album every three years, will put him in the annals of the genre.

After the final chorus of “Covered in Flies” the album ends with a whimper in “The Thud And The Echo,” in which the piece’s main character seems to apologize for what was just heard. However the song seems largely unsuitable for touring and, given that this is Kelly’s stated vehicle for the album its likely that its best songs will land solidly in the punk lore, reassuring its listeners and Kelly’s growing legion of fans that he is at the helm of punk’s next chapter.

Video: Brendan Kelly (Lawrence Arms) – The Profiteers

Lawrence Arms - Katie HovlandBefore hitting the stage last weekend in Toronto for Riot Fest, Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms sat down with Exclaim!TV to record an acoustic version of a brand new song called The Profiteers.

The song can be heard below.

This isn’t the first new song the front man has performed acoustically, having released These Pigs Seem to be Getting the Best of Me back in May. All of which are hinting towards a new Lawrence Arms album in the near future.

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Brendan Kelly And The Wandering Birds – Switchboard Sessions

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering BirdsBrendan Kelly And The Wandering Birds recently sat down to perform a pair of tracks. Kelly performed “Your Mother” from hi 2012 record I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever and a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Hair” from her 2011 album Born This Way.

Kelly recently released his new debut under the new moniker, entitled I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever, out now on Red Scare Industries.

Read a full Switchboard Sessions write up and listen to both tracks here.

 

Stream: Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds – I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds

The new album from Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds (featuring Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms and Falcon fame) is now streaming in it’s entirety online.

The album, called I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever, was released today through Red Scare Industries.

You can listen to it here.

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds – Suffer The Children, Come Unto Me

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering BirdsAbsolute Punk is streaming a new song from Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds. The song, called “Suffer The Children, Come Unto Me,” can be heard here.

The song will appear on the upcoming full-length, I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever, due out March 27, 2012 through Red Scare Industries

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds – What’s a Boy to Do?

Brendan KellyAlternative Press is streaming a new song from Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds. The song, called “What’s a Boy to Do?,” can be heard here.

The song will appear on the upcoming full-length, I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever, due out March 27, 2012 through Red Scare Industries

 

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds Detail Debut Full Length

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds have announced that the Lawrence Arms frontman’s new side-project is set to release their debut album, I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever. The album is due out March 27, 2012 via Red Scare Industries.

Track listing can be found below.

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Brendan Kelly And The Wandering Birds: A Man With The Passion Of Tennessee Williams

Brendan KellyBrendan Kelly, frontman of The Lawrence Arms and The Falcon, has released the first song from his new solo project, Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds

You can hear the song, A Man With The Passion of Tennessee Williams, right here. The song is the title track from Kelly‘s 3-song single/EP that comes out tomorrow on iTunes and Amazon through Red Scare Industries.

He will be releasing his debut full length in March 2012.

Brendan Kelly (Lawrence Arms) Announces New Band

 Brendan Kelly and the Wandering BirdsThe Lawrence Arms bassist/vocalist Brendan Kelly’s has revealed details about his new solo project, Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds.

The band, which predominantly features Kelly and his long time friend  Nick Martin, has finished work on a full length record that will be available though Red Scare Industries in February. However, they will release a three song digital EP, A Man With The Passion of Tennessee Williams, on December 27th. 

Kelly gave more details to Alternative Press saying:

“After Buttsweat And Tears came out I didn’t really feel like I had any ideas for any new songs, or at least nothing that seemed interesting to me. I also didn’t have a lot of time because I was suddenly a dad. After a while, I started to get really antsy to create something new and different, but I had no direction. I remembered an old interview with Billie Joe Armstrong that I read in like ’99 where he said something to the effect of, “When a song’s lyrics make me nervous, when I’m kind of apprehensive to show people, those usually end up being the songs that turn out the best, the ones that are the result of me stepping out of my comfort zone.” This resonated with me at the time because I had felt so in my comfort zone with the last two Lawrence Arms records that I couldn’t figure out where else to go, creatively.

SO, I decided to start writing songs that made me nervous. I wrote words that came from a much darker place than before, and songs about things that are usually not the subjects of punk rock songs. This record isn’t an autobiographical one, it’s more of an exploration of some fucked up situations and mental states. Lots of these songs are about feeling pretty trapped and caged and the way that the human brain twists and warps when it can’t do what it wants. That’s where all sorts of fucked up crime and deviance comes from and that’s kind of what this record is exploring, content-wise.”

And no, The Lawrence Arms are not breaking up.