No Midnight


Birdmonster used to evoke images of Godzilla's foe Rodan or perhaps that evil pigeon that endlessly swarmed you on your way to work last week. Now, however, the name will bring to mind the sounds of San Francisco's Next Big Thing. They've gigged with the likes of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, played scorching sets at SXSW and at the Levi's/FADER Lounge, and have received the kiss of support from hometown heavyweight Aaron Axelsen. And, as of next week, their debut full-length, No Midnight, is available for public consumption. Birdmonster are all over the place, somehow melding angular indie rock, agit hardcore bursts, and throwing in folksy, alt-country moments to really encompass a good chunk of the musical spectrum. Frontman Peter Acuni's vocal range helps cover the vast sonic expanse, as he sings, yells, and whispers in time with the ever-changing tempo of the tunes. Imagine Modest Mouse in a moshpit intermittently bashing listeners over the head with a banjo and you're at least heading down the right path. But you're far from all the way there. Only listening to No Midnight in its entirety can help you wrap your head around the eclectic experience that is Birdmonster. Just hope it doesn't eat the bread crumbs you dropped to help find your way back.


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No Midnight