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Wednesday, March 12 • 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Summerbirds in the Cellar

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The fledgling band caught its first break opening for Saddle Creek artist Now It's Overhead in 2003. Singer and star producer Andy LeMaster ( R.E.M., Chris Martin, Bright Eyes) was immediately entranced by Summerbirds, and invited them up to his studio in Athens, GA to record. The resulting release, "With the Hands of the Hunter It All Becomes Dead," is a stunning collection of songs that's long on mystery and short on cliche'. The quartet's sound is rooted in rhythm and is layered with a dense wall of guitars that spills beautifully over the listener. Chief vocalist Brad Register has a lot on his mind, and he spends the epic, ten song debut, dropping introspective, psyche-searching parables into thick, psychedelic washes of sound.. all of which is punctuated by a throbbing synth line thick enough to carpet the floor with. LeMaster's expert ears and attention to detail is vastly apparent in the graceful production of the record which also features guest vocals from Neely Jenkins of Tilly And The Wall. Summerbirds spent much of the last 4 years on the road, headlining numerous tours and supporting Now It's Overhead nationally as well as in Europe with REM. Register and Brown performed double duty on the tour, performing in both Summerbirds and as the current guitarist and bassist for Now It's Overhead. "Druids," the forthcoming full-length release, showcases staggering growth and suggests a monumental follow-up record. Summerbirds' ambitious project features a 30-person children's choir on three of the songs, and massive, epic production. While Slow January Records is tentatively on hand for the current recordings, Summerbirds are actively seeking a more seasoned label home for "Druid's" release. - Michelle Gilzenrat of Performer Magazine

Wednesday March 12, 2008 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Stubb's 801 Red River St

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