Here is yet another Bay Area-based band that will perform at our showcase at SXSW 2011. Birds & Batteries is one of the more interesting electro-pop bands that I have listened to lately. Their sounds are catchy, complimented by somewhat trippy sounds and psychedelic lyrics — it all works, making a real pleasure for the ear, something I’d like to listen to while driving in the car or riding on my bike across the bridges of Amsterdam. I hear a mix of modern-day, electronic sounds, coupled with more classical 1970s and 80s rock standards. Ultimately, and most importantly, though, the sound is their own, creating a unique combination of the old and the new.
The first song, Panorama, off their eponymous new album, is a great introduction to their work. Singer Michael Sempert uses his funky and folkish voice to bring the listeners up to speed in his world. When I said before that the band seems to seamlessly merge classical tunes from the 70s and 80s with more dynamic, electronic tracks of the current era, this is precisely what I mean. Give it a listen:
For me, some of the band’s other songs recall the Belgian electro-pop band Das Pop, which found success at the end of the 90s, and now finding somewhat of a resurgence in their sound. However, Das Pop tends to use more classical instruments, such as violins and cellos. What makes Birds & Batteries so compelling for me is that they have found a unique sounds which is both grounded in traditional rock, yet simultaneously looks relentlessly towards the future. A must-hear band at our SXSW 2011 showcase at the Palm Door on the 19th of March.
Check out their website: http://www.birdsandbatteries.com