Sick Sick Birds – Gates of Home – Used LP
Lee Blades (drums)
Mike Hall (guitar, vox)
Eric Jacobsen (guitar, vox)
Melissa Jacobsen (bass, vox)
John Irvine (trumpet on Olive, Conversation and Scaffold)
Tim Baier (guitar on Conversation and New Shoe Leather)
Daniel Black (guitar and keyboard on Gates of Home, additional instrumentation and arrangements throughout)
Produced and mixed by Daniel Black.
Drums and bass engineered by Tanuj Kundhi.
Design and layout by Michael Welch.
PUNKNEWS.COM: What makes Gates of Home, and by association just about all of Sick Sick Birds' output when you get down to it, so winning is that it treads that delicate line between punk and indie rock. Gates of Home is a great meeting point of subgenres, a '90s throwback without feeling like a knowingly '90s throwback record, a nice complement to those of us who have been digging on the Sidekicks' latest effort. "Pick and Choose" sets the tone, wonderfully. Like a lot of indie and punk rock bands, Sick Sick Birds essentially write one kind of song, but it's a good one. This track has a rollicking, bouncy beat and some nice snotty--but not too snotty--guy/gal vocals that explode on the hooky chorus. If you're looking for reliable four-on-the-floor stompers that split the difference between Armalite, Cursive and Lemonheads, Sick Sick Birds prove up to the task, gloriously so. Once the Birds really get rolling, like on the awesomely grainy, horn-laden "Olive," Gates stands out as a stellar, fun release. Starts strong, finishes strong, falters in the middle, but there's still fun to be had.