Back in December, I started a conversation on instagram with Birdperson, out of Statesboro, GA., concerning their bandcamp page. (Ok, that should tell you something. If your Music is good and you post it up on bandcamp, you will get heard.) Come to find out, they were in the final stages of getting their new project mixed and mastered at Spotlight Sound Studio in Alpharetta, Georgia. Their local engineer, Jason Andrews, was putting the final touches on their project, and a mini-tour was being put together for March.
BiRDPERSON is a an off-shoot punk band. They aren’t quite full on punk; they are math-rock with a blend of shoegaze and emo. Aaron describes it better in the interview. I listened to their newest single probably 10 times before I really got a feel for what math-rock is. Now that I can recognize it, I still can’t describe it in that genre’s terms. But I can say I like it and that it reminds me of the post punk music I grew up on. You can hear its roots stretching back to the punk and skater bands of the 80’s and 90’s. It feels like emo, only more experimental and maybe wearing a collared shirt……but untucked.
Aaron Cooler – Vocals/Guitar
Anthony McLeod – Bass/Vocals
Trey Wilson – Guitar/Vocals
Jarrett Thompson – Drums
And now for the not-so-standard interview!
1. How do you describe your music to people?
We play songs that have the time changes and technical elements of math rock, the washy reverb-and-delay walls of shoegaze, the lyrics and jangly guitars of modern-day twinkle-emo, and the energy, spirit, and DIY-philosophy of punk.
2. Tell us about your local music scene.
In our hometown, every mainstream venue is mainly a bar, and because of the laws in Georgia, people under 21 cannot even set foot in most places that host live music. BiRDPERSON combats this oppressive measure by hosting an all-ages house show once or twice a month at their home, the BiRDHAUS, featuring locals and touring bands as far away as Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Texas. This has given many underground artists a platform to have their music heard in a town in which the only bands that usually get gigs are country bands and jam bands. Our specialties are cross-genre shows, and a show at the BiRDHAUS will feature everything from punk, metal, and hardcore to blues, R&B, and Hip-Hop.
3. It is the weekend, who should we be checking out in your town?
Local favorites include:
Hard Fabric, acoustic folk-punk two piece
SNUZR, goth-blues two piece
Over The Counter, emo/noise three piece
REIGNcloud, alternative hip-hop collective
Rising Tide, hard rock/metal five-piece
4. What’s the immediate future look like for your band? Tours, festivals, working with
other bands, etc.
We’re leaving for a tour and putting out our new EP on the same day, March 10th. We have a second tour in the works for May and a third one in the summer as well. We’ve already got plans in the works for splits with some of our best friends in Goodfires (ATL emo/math) and Sine Cura (South TX Emo) after The Michael Jordan of Baseball has been out for a while, and we’re also playing a 24-hour dance-a-thon in Savannah to benefit the local Riverkeeper in April.
5. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
We feel so inspired by the bands we love who are doing what we want so badly to be doing; writing lots of music, constantly playing shows that have a positive impact on people, and basically spending their days sharing music with people and doing what they love. We look at artists living that lifestyle in the national and regional scene and just use it as motivation to continue moving forward. There’s always going to be people out there that are looking to be touched by music; we just have to reach out to them by working really hard and putting out the best songs and live shows we can.
6. What three bands are you listening to right now?
Aaron: The Get Up Kids, Orchid, Algernon Cadwallader
Anthony: Flying Lotus, Aesop Rock, Maximum the Hormone
Trey: Jeff Rosenstock, The Physics House Band, That Fucking Tank
Jarrett: Invalids, Jank, Tiny Moving Parts
7. What is that one piece of equipment you can’t live without?
Aaron: I really dig my old Boss DD-6, there’s lots of great delay sounds in it
Anthony: Do my fingers count? If not, then my Epiphone Thunderbird
Trey: 1mm tortex picks
Jarrett: My Sabian HHX Ozone Crash Cymbal
Check out BiRDPERSON’s new EP!
The Michael Jordan of Baseball EP was recently released complete with a tour kickoff gig at Swayze’s, in Marietta, GA. Catch BiRDPERSON on their EP release tour:
March 13th- @ Valley Cat in Winchester VA w/ Like the River
March 14th- @ Rocket Town in Nashville TN w/ Us And Them
March 16th- @ Lucky You Tattoo in Tampa FL w/ Shurwood
March 17th- @ Shanghai Nobby’s in St. Augustine FL w/ The Ned
March 18th- @ The BiRDHAUS in Statesboro GA w/ Goodfires