Currently located in New York City, birdbird is a rock band with an eclectic mix of members who have been making music and touring around their city for over a year. Having been a psychedelic acoustic folk act turned electric, some of the psychedelic elements from their past have carried over into their current sound, a powerful mix of alternative rock and melodic hardcore. Their debut EP entitled Corporation Setup is poised to aid the band in broadening their listener base.
The album begins with the album’s title track, a hard-hitting, uptempo rock anthem that employs classic power chords, throbbing bass and driving percussion that provides a solid foundation for Cíllin McMahon’s aggressive singing and screaming. This song starts the record with a dynamic introduction to the band and their ability to convey overwhelming energy without compromising quality.
The stratospheric levels of energy continue in “Yeah, Right,” a grunge rock-infused track that incorporates vocal harmonies along with creative, lengthy guitar solos into this emotive anthem. An acoustic set employed in “The Octopus Song” completely changes the tone of the album, as guitar, tambourine, whistling and clapping all gather around floating melodies and harmonies in a carefree, brisk ditty. This song provides a strong contrast with the previous songs on the record, demonstrating birdbird’s versatile repertoire.
Returning to their characteristic sound, “I Love The City” features cynical lyrics and relentless pounding of drums and strumming of guitars. Arguably the catchiest song on the entire EP, the simple message of the song, repeated in many phrases within the song and in the song’s title, will undoubtedly replay in the minds of listeners long after the song is over.
“Pet Boyfriend” brings the record to a dramatic, theatrical close. Alternating between downtempo and upbeat sections, the track displays the technical abilities of the band as well as their musical and artistic aptitude. As a whole, Corporation Setup is a solid debut EP for a up-and-coming band, and many fans will undoubtedly be drawn to birdbird through this album.
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