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Digital FORT: Hear a perfectly unpolished new Kills Birds demo

Laid over VHS tour footage captured by the band’s lead singer Nina Ljeti.

March 31, 2020
Digital FORT Day 1 is now over, and this video has been removed from The FADER.

Kills Birds are one of the buzziest rock bands on the West Coast right now. Their self-titled debut album, released last year on KRO, was a smoldering and sludgy thing that dived into mid-’90s grunge melodies with little warning and secured them a slot on tour with the legendary Hot Snakes. Before that tour was cut short last month, lead singer Nina Ljeti was documenting their time on the road, capturing beautifully grainy VHS footage as they traveled around the U.S. Ljeti — a filmmaker in her own right who directed James Franco in Memoria — cut that all together for Digital FORT and overlaid the footage with a new demo, which she’s calling “Natalie.” Watch it at the top of the page.

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Digital FORT is a two-day event bringing together over 100 artists to help raise money for those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. To find a full list of charities, funds, and resources we’re highlighting throughout FORT, click here.

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Digital FORT: Hear a perfectly unpolished new Kills Birds demo