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Tours: Night Birds / Drakulas (Mexico)

Night BirdsNight Birds has announced that they will be heading on a tour of Mexico and Texas alongside Drakulas. Vocalist Brian Gorsegner comments:

“Shoutout to a fella named Dan Brenkert who shot this footage of a bananas garage show we played in York, PA last month before our string of dates with the Descendents. We feel insanely fortunate to get to do stuff like open for our favorite bands in venues with a green room larger than my actual home, but shows like this one in York at Skid Row Garage will always be where we feel the most at home.”

Tour dates along with an announcement video are below.

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Night Birds – Mutiny At Muscle Beach

Night Birds

Mutiny At Muscle Beach

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The gnashing, sloppy hooks of New York and New Jersey four-piece Night Birds make no compromise in their shift from long time underground label Grave Mistake Records to punk-rock destination Fat Wreck Chords.  The band remains every bit as unhinged as in the past with their latest full length, Mutiny At Muscle Beach, featuring no shortage of runaway pop-punk festivities and pointed societal accusations.  In fact, if anything the band may have even upped their dose of razor tipped aggression.  

Mutiny At Muscle Beach frames this crazy, eclectic batch of tunes like moving blindly around a TV set, channel surfing with little destination beyond a sort of pick-your-poison selection of content and themes.  With a band like Night Birds though, each brief stop features plenty of purpose as they spin their spiteful accusations of our modern media-fed way of life.  

Opener “(I’m) Wired” frames the album with the consumerist ADHD mentality that the band has so targetedly tackled since their early years.  The rejection of the daily survival circuit continues in “Life Is Not Amusement For Me” and swells with passion early in the rapidfire words of “Blank Eyes.”  “They grow up way too fast, when you’re watching behind glass, a life reduced to pills and padded walls,” yelps Brian Gorsegner of breeding mindless drones amidst the rattling, unkempt sounds that distinctly define Night Birds.

The band’s grimy pop-punk tendencies make for just enough pockets of catchy, jangling melody to retain their pop tag.  The title track races to a snapping drum beat and chorus of harmonizing “woah-oahs” that defines it as an easy choice for a lead single.  Likewise, album closer “Left In The Middle” stands out in its further inclusion of sweeping backing vocals strung over the insightful chorus line “Now there’s no one left in the middle, there’s no white picket status quo.”  Throw in a late-song solo and snarky attitude, and the band’s Riverboat Gamblers and Dead To Me likenesses shine like a beacon.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Night Birds album without at least a brushing of surf thrown in the mix.  While the album definitely veers away from the volume of some of their earlier surf dominated years, songs like “In The Black In The Red” sneak in a few beachy rolling riffs between chorus and verse.  Otherwise, the “Misktatonic Stomp” fits the bill as the obligatory surf inspired instrumental.  This lone interlude serves as a long standing reminder of the band’s divergent beginnings.

Night Birds were an obvious next choice to join the ranks of the modern Fat Wreck Chords family.  As Mutiny At Muscle Beach showcases, the quartet still has everything to gain in their steady career ascent.  If you were into Night Birds on Grave Mistake, then Mutiny At Muscle Beach gives every bit of evidence that you’re going to love their Fat years.

Video: Night Birds – I’m Wired

Night BirdsNight Birds have premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the track “I’m Wired” from their new full length, Mutiny At Muscle Beach, which was released back in October via their new home on Fat Wreck Chords.

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Interview: Night Birds

Night BirdsNew Jersey’s Night Birds have been making a name for themselves over the last year with their Fat Wreck Chords debut album, Mutiny At Muscle Beach. Right now they’re in the middle of a tour with label mates Dillinger Four and they show absolutely no sign of slowing down.

We caught up with front man Brian Gorsegner earlier this month to learn how the tour is going, what his own personal escape is and what Night Birds have in the works over the next couple months.

Read the interview here.

   
Night Birds

Night Birds

Brian Gorsegner

Fat Wreck Chords
By on October 1st, 2015 at Phone

 

 

New Jersey’s Night Birds have been making a name for themselves over the last year with their Fat Wreck Chords debut album, Mutiny At Muscle Beach. Right now they’re in the middle of a tour with label mates Dillinger Four and they show absolutely no sign of slowing down.

We caught up with front man Brian Gorsegner earlier this month to learn how the tour is going, what his own personal escape is and what Night Birds have in the works over the next couple months.

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Night Birds Stream New LP

Night BirdsNight Birds have premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the title track from their upcoming new full length, Mutiny At Muscle Beach, which is due out on October 2, 2015 via their new home on Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

Video: Night Birds – Mutiny At Muscle Beach

NNight Birdsight Birds have premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the title track from their upcoming new full length, Mutiny At Muscle Beach, which is due out on October 2, 2015 via their new home on Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Night Birds – Blank Eyes

NNight Birdsight Birds have premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Blank Eyes” and will appear on their upcoming new full length, Mutiny At Muscle Beach, which is due out on October 2, 2015 via their new home on Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song here courtesy Nerdlist.

Night Birds Date And Detail New Full Length

NNight Birdsight Birds have finally annoucned details for their full length Fat Wreck Chords debut. 

The album will be titled Mutiny At Muscle Beach and is due out on October 2, 2015.

Tracklisting is below.

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Night Birds – Left In The Middle

night birdsNight Birds have premeired a brand new song.  The track is titled “Left In The Middle” and will appear on both Fat Music Vol. 8: Going Nowhere Fat, due out August 7, 2015 and their upcoming next album, due out sometime in 2015 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song here courtesy The AV Club.

Night Birds Ready To Record New Album

night birdsSurf-punk act Night Birds has announced that they are ready to hit the studio to record their Fat Wreck Chords debut.

“Very excited to say we have completed writing, and have booked studio time this April & May to record our third album, and our first with Fat Wreck Chords! Extremely pleased with how these songs came out, and I think any fan of our previous output will be as well. Can’t wait to get this record in your hands later on this year.”

The record will follow their 2013 full length, Born To Die In Suburbia.

Night Birds Sign To Fat Wreck Chords

night birdsAfter already releasing a few minor 7″ vinyl EPs for the band, Fat Wreck Chords has announced that they have formally signed surf punk outfit Night Birds.  Vocalist Brian Gorsegner comments on what fans can expect:

“We are excited to announce we are in the early stages of a writing a new album for Fat Wreck Chords to be released some time in 2015. It was a soul crushing, stir crazy winter and we’re really looking forward to getting that grossness out and onto a slab of wax for your listening pleasure. Prepare for what is bound to be next year’s feel bad album of the year.”

 The band is currently gearing up for a summer tour.  Dates are available here.

Night Birds Announce New EP

night birdsSurf punk group Night Birds has announced details for their next release.  The album will be a four-song EP under the title Monster Surf and will contain four tracks, due out May 13, 2014 via Wallride Records.  One of the tracks will include a cover.

The band plans to support the release through touring.  Dates are available below.

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Night Birds - Born to Die In Suburbia

Night Birds

Born To Die In Suburbia

Grave Mistake Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

In the music industry, a good teaser goes a long way to wet the pallet and build an appetite.  More specifically, a short EP or 7” vinyl record featuring a lead single and a couple of b-sides can set the underground abuzz and quickly rocket an album onto the short list of anticipated new releases. 

Such was the case with New York and New Jersey four-piece Night Birds in the months leading up to their latest full length, Born To Die In Suburbia.  Not only did the band throw down four killer tracks for their Maimed For The Masses 7”, but they managed to score a deal with the one of punk’s longest running go-to labels, Fat Wreck Chords, despite the good folks at Grave Mistake Records handling the finished product.  And while unconventional, it’s not hard to see why Fat wanted their hand in the pot: Born To Die In Suburbia easily deserves a spot in this year’s highlight reel.

Ripe with loose hanging surf showmanship, Night Birds string together a splattered medley of hooks and jabs that plays on their reputation as tight songsmiths (think early Dead To Me or Riverboat Gamblers with more on the line).  Opener “Escape From New York” rips open with an instrumental track that’s so bang on it almost feels like cheating.  With a heavy bass and rapid surf clamoring, Night Birds instrumental tracks always get under my skin in just the right way.  Transitioning cleanly into the title track, Born To Die In Suburbia reveals a broader theme than just that of the soundtrack to a breakout party. 

Listeners come greeted with a scathing (and of course humorous) social analysis of the suburbs from which they seemingly cannot escape.  Night Birds offer a peek behind the curtains and closed doors of the picturesque lifestyle often imagined with the cheerful glow of freshly painted white picket fences.  Combining a clean-cut concept with their sloppy unkempt style, the tongue-in-cheek satire naturally raises many healthy smirks along the way.  Pointed tracks like “Domestic Dispute” expose a culture of open windows and paper-thin walls privy to spousal fighting next door, the couple in question going “at it until 4:00am.”   A few tracks later “Ads In My Eyes” spotlights the rampant consumerism defining suburban driveways and the interior of each accompanying house. 

By about the time “Pretty Poison” rolls around the insanity revs up.  “I’m Not Going Back To The Padded Room,” yelps Brian Gorsegner, touching on the taboo suburban topic of of mental health woes.  The sickness continues into “New Cults” where Night Birds take their tunes into the shrouded world of Kool-Aid drinking, “blood at the alter,” shadow worshiping religious fanatics. 

Interspersed with all sorts of zany guitar tangents and flash solos, each topic springs to life during its short run.  While most songs leave their mark in just a minute or two, a few slow down for a quick breather, extending their run time by about a minute.  “Nazi Gold” and “Less The Merrier” make the most of their time, anchored by the weight of messy chugging riffs.

If you’re a Night Birds fan, then Born To Die In Suburbia is the album you’ve been waiting for.  Framed with subject matter worth tuning in to, the smart humour and energetic pace make Night Birds’ third outing undoubtedly their best.

Night Birds - Maimed For The Masses

Night Birds

Maimed For The Masses 7”

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

In an effort to raise their profile before the release of their next full length, Born To Die In Suburbia, Brooklyn garage surf punk act Night Birds has released the brief EP Maimed For The Masses on Fat Wreck Chords.  Serving as a teaser, the four-track album features one single and three accompanying b-sides that didn’t make it on to the full release.

Kicking off with the single from which the 7” draws its name from, “Maimed For The Masses” encompasses the snotty pop-punk and garage grit of 80’s hardcore with a tight dose of surf rock.  Comparisons with looser renditions of The River Boat Gamblers and Dead To Me still hold strong. Guitarist Mike Hunchback plugs away during the verse like his life depends on it, turning out speedy hooks to pace Brian Gorsenger’s sloppy chorus jabs.  The catchiest of the four songs, the band replicates the addictive quality they’re known for.

A fun fact about Night Birds though is that the term b-side doesn’t equate with inferior output.  As last seen in the odds and ends compilation Fresh Kills Vol. 1, much of the band’s freest sounding work isn’t always their most conventional.  For instance, “Barred Out’s” breakneck pace and subsequent degradation into complete auditory anarchy by the end of its sub-two minute run time hits all the right notes by hammering wildly on all the wrong ones.  Chaos is order to Night Birds.  “Last Gasp” shuffles by as the least memorable of the bunch, but trailer hitches onto the lyric free, distortion-heavy “Boat Trash” with ease.  NoNight Birds album is complete without a heavy surf instrumental, so it’s hard to think of a more suitable way to play out the disc.

Night Birds offers four feisty reasons for fans to check out Born To Die In Suburbia when it hits later this year.  Until then, these nine minutes will just have to suffice.

Night Birds - Fresh Kills Vol. 1

Night Birds

Fresh Kills Vol. 1

Grave Mistake Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Don’t let the compilation status of Night Birds’ first formal compact disc, Fresh Kills Vol. 1, fool you, these fifteen songs were destined to reside under a shared roof.  Consolidating the New York and New Jersey four-piece’s first two years, the band tosses in all their odds and ends – even the initial 2009 demo that started it all.  If you’re like me and aren’t knowledgeable to Night Birds’ previous activities, then you’re about to get very thankful.

Combining elements of snotty pop-punk, garage grit, a light peppering of 80’s hardcore, and a tight dose of surf rock, Night Birds sound as if The River Boat Gamblers and Dead To Me had grown up playing the same dives as Dead Kennedys and Agent Orange.  The whole band takes up a catty attitude, pulling off tongue-in-cheek humour and infectiously simple hooks.  Production quality finds a middle ground between the two, but there’s a certain dirty retro feel that only serves to enhance what comes next.

Fresh Kills hosts fifteen tracks in just over twenty-six minutes, and Night Birds make good on cramming every moment with an unrelenting home-grown vigor.  Without taking itself too seriously, opener “Killer Waves” sounds every bit as pressing as it’s description of mother nature “plotting revenge” on a negligent and deserving populous.  Guitarist Mike Hunchback plugs away quickly, swinging from hook to hook against a vocal arc that tames Brian Gorsegner’s pointed jabs.  From here the group seldom looks away from their vivacious aspirations – whether it be on punchy forty-nine second blaster, “No Way Home,” insanely catchy standouts “Midnight Movies” and “Bad Biology,” or shouty rhythmic demo tracks like “Paranoid Times.”

The couple wholly instrumental surf tracks round out the Night Birds musical repertoire entirely uniquely, proving that in the right context, surf rock can offer more than a backdrop to Hawaiian novelty videos.  At that, neither of the two feature instrumentals treads on one another’s territory.  “Harbor Rats” lays claim to the album’s most casual and distorted guitar work (think neo-rockabilly), and “Squad Car” could very well be the token fast track on a Los Tiki Phantoms disc.  Surf marks the young group’s best and most balanced decision, and I can’t wait to discover what the unlikely pairing turns out next.

While above all incredibly satisfying, Fresh Kills Vol. 1 is also quite a tease for newcomers.  That something compiling four separate recordings can sound so coherent is entirely unexpected, and raises the exciting question as to the possibilities of their upcoming full length, The Other Side Of Darkness.  With nothing but good to speak for Fresh KillsNight Birds’ follow-up sits atop my most anticipated upcoming releases of 2011.

Night Birds to Release New Album

Night Birds will be releasing a full length titled Born To Die In Suburbia on July 9th through Grave Mistake Records. The album is the follow up to their debut The Other Side Of Darkness which was released almost two years ago. The first single, “Maimed For The Masses” can be steamed here

A full track list and tour dates can be seen below.

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Night BIrds Full EP Stream

Night BirdsNew Jersey surf punk act Night Birds has debuted a full EP stream of their brand new EP, Maimed For The Masses, which dropped yesterday on 7″ vinyl and digitally via Fat Wreck Chords.  The title track is lifted from their upcoming full length, Born To Die In Suburbia, which is set to be released by Grave Mistake Records sometime this summer.   The B-side contains 3 exclusive songs.

Listen here courtesy AltPress.

Night Birds – Maimed For The Masses

Night BirdsNew Jersey surf punk act Night Birds has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Maimed For The Masses” and is set to appear on their brand new 7″ vinyl record of the same name, due out May 7, 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The title track is lifted from their upcoming full length, Born To Die In Suburbia, which is set to be released by Grave Mistake Records sometime this summer.   The B-side will contain 3 exclusive songs.

Give the track a listen here.

Night Birds Announce New 7″

Night BirdsNew Jersey surf punk act Night Birds has announced that they will be releasing a brand new 7″ vinyl record for Fat Wreck Chords.  The title track is lifted from their upcoming full length, Born To Die In Suburbia, which is set to be released by Grave Mistake Records sometime this summer.   The B-side will contain 3 exclusive songs.

Details can be found here.

Tours: Night Birds

Night BirdsNew Jersey/New York-based punk band Night Birdshas announced a round of upcoming spring and summer dates including the Sound & Fury Fest in Santa Barbara, CA, The Fest 11 in Gainesville, FL, Ottawa Explosion Fest in Ottowa, ON, Bernard College’s WBAR-B-Q in New York, Insubordination Fest in Baltimore, MD, No Suck Fest in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Road to Ruin Fest in Philly. 

Additionally this spring will see Night Birds playing several shows on the East Coast, including an in-store at Generation Records in NYC on Record Store Day and sold-out shows with Ceremonyand Cock Sparrer before heading over to the West Coast this summer for the first time ever; the dates are below.

The band last released The Other Side of Darkness on Grave Mistake Records in 2011 and will be releasing a 12″ vinyl version of their early singles in a collection dubbed Fresh Kills Volume 1 which will feature the band’s out of print demo, “Killer Waves” 7″ single, “S/T” 7″ EP, and the soon-to-be out of print Midnight Movies” 7″ EP.  The 12″ will be available in July, just in time for the two week tour out West, which includes dates in California, Hawaii, British Columbia, and Portland.

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Night Birds Announce Spring Dates

Night BirdsNew Jersey punkers Night Birds have unveiled a handful of dates on the east coast as well as a Hawaii show.  The band will also be appearing on Chris Gethard Show on the New York public access station Manhattan Neighborhood Network on February 29th.  In addition Night Birds are currently mapping out West Coast and Canadian dates for the summer. 

A full list of the upcoming spring dates can be found below:

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Tours: Night Birds (US)

Night BirdsSloppy pop punkers Night Birds have announced a handful of US tour dates to conclude the year.  The band continues to support their recent full length, The Other Side Of Darkness, released earlier this year on Grave Mistake Records.

Tour listings can be found below.

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Night Birds – Landfill Land

Night BirdsBrooklyn, NY/New Jersey based punk band Night Birds have released a track from their upcoming album, “The Other Side of Darkness“, which is due out August 16 on Grave Mistake Records.

The track, titled “Landfill Land“, can be streamed on their Bandcamp page alongside their latest release “Fresh Kills, Vol. 1“, a compilation of the band’s EPs from 2009-2011.

Summer 2011 will see Night Birds playing Chaos in Tejas in Austin, TX this June, followed immediately by a two week Midwestern tour. The dates are below.

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Worriers – Made to Mend

Newly formed group, Worriers (featuring Lauren from The Measure, and Mike from Night Birds), spent time recording their debut EP in February where they recorded 4 songs ,three of which will be on Past Lives EP, and the other the band will be giving away.  The release will be in the form of a 7″ for No Idea Records.

The band is giving away “Made to Mend” for free on their bandcamp page.