The State Of Music: Part 21: Virginia - The Revolving Birds
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Following on from Nebraska's The Benningtons, I thought I would be nice to feature a band who also have a slight retro UK sound to their music. So please welcome The Revolving Birds from Virginia. I am not sure what makes them sound so British, I guess the music is rather lovingly understated with 60's inspired vocals. Either way, it is worth a listen and the album is also FREE!
CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are The Revolving Birds and where in the world would we find you?
Colen LoCoco, Jeff Midgett, Matt Labudzik and Tyler Weiss. Four starry eyed boys from Virginia, USA.
CMM: How long has the band been in existence and how did it all start?
We've been a band for a little over a year now. Jeff and I (Colen) started making a record in my laundry room and later crossed paths with Matt and Tyler, both of which heard it on the interweb after it was released.
CMM: How best would you describe your music?
I call it Trash Pop but i don't really know. We get Beatles comparisons quite a bit which is kind of odd to us.
CMM: What is the music scene like in Virginia right now? What the genre of choice out there at the moment?
The music scene here is almost nonexistent. There are some good DIY internet radio stations like "Your Music Show" and a few good bands here and there. We live in a military town so families are constantly moving in and out. If there is community here I don't sense it, and if there are any musical roots here... they're not very deep.
CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?
Not at all honestly. I don't loathe Virginia by any means but I've never really felt at home here.
CMM: What other influences does the band have, musical or otherwise?
Musically we're all over the place I guess. Some favorites would be Midlake, Deerhoof, Belle & Sebastian, The Beatles, Sigur Ros, The Avett Brothers, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Breeders just to name a few.
CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?
So far we've released one full length and one split single with our friends in DC called Drawbridges. We've been on a number of compilations in the U.S and in other countries as well.
CMM: Like most bands I am sure you like to play live when and where you can. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?
We've played in New York and Washington DC but have yet to play a show in our home town for some reason. We're still a baby band and figuring things out as we go but so far i'd have to say DC is alot of fun. The inability to find parking anywhere near your venue couple with having to stand on the street corner and guard your gear until the band before you finishes their set is kind of exciting in a strange way.
CMM: What's next in the pipeline for The Revolving Birds?
We are currently working on our next record. It's called "Head For The Hills". We don't have any release dates yet but we will be releasing a single or two before the new year.
CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?
We have a Myface and a spacebook page but we rarely ever use them. The most direct way to get in touch with us is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our record is everywhere e.g Itunes, Amazon, CD Baby etc but you can get it for free now on our Bandcamp so i'd recommend going there. We wanted to make our money back on what it cost us to make the record. We've done that so now it's free. www.therevolvingbirds.bandcamp.com
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