Forming in early 2015 BiRDPERSON comprised of Aaron Cooler (vocals/guitars), Anthony Mcleod (bass/vocals), Trey Wilson (guitars/vocals) and Wheeler Lovett (drums/vocals) have already released some music. Their latest is a four-song EP which shows a young band still trying to find their niche while also displaying some potential.
The production and recording is around demo quality, arguably a bit higher. I heard some of the normal things you hear such as not enough separations, cymbals with too many high frequencies and vocals that could have been treated better. That being said you still get an idea of where the band is at and where their talents lie.
What do a bunch of young guys in their early 20’s have in common? It’s usually that all they can think about is members of the opposite sex and school. Hence, it makes sense that's what you would write songs about.
Things starts off with the upbeat and slightly funky indie rock song entitled “Days With Sun.” The instrumental work across the board is tight and I was impressed off the bat. I have to admit it took me a couple of spins to warm up to the lead vocals. Cooler doesn’t have golden pipes by any stretch but his singing works in the confines of garage rock. He sounds best when he is relaxed and does not stress his voice to the point where it becomes nasally.
“Tsunami” is the next song, which is fairly straight indie rock with no surprises. There is a stellar guitar solo which fades out the song and the guitar work in general is inventive. The beginning of “Bobby Moynihan” is tight. I enjoyed the unorthodox guitar and explosive drums and bass. They close with “Voyager” and Cooler changes his vocal style, which at times sounds eerily similar to Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’m not sure if any one noticed or what but it feels like a tip of the hat to Kiedis any way you look at it.
The band's biggest strength is their technical ability along with having inspired moments of creativity. They still have a decent amount of work to do in regards to defining a unique sound but that's pretty much expected considering how long they have been together.
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