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Sick Sick Birds – Heavy Manners – Used LP
Toxic Pop Records

Sick Sick Birds – Heavy Manners – Used LP

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Baltimore's Sick Sick Birds present their debut LP, and we couldn't be happier to be involved with this band on their third release. This album is leaps and bounds ahead of what they were doing on their "Chemical Trains" EP, which is one hell of a feat as that record did not disappoint in the least. The songs here are tighter, cleaner, and more vivid. The band takes a bit more of a relaxed approach here, but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack the same punch as it used to, its blows are just more precise. The hooks are there for sure, they're just a bit more subtle, which ends up making them all the more effective. If you've become used to the bands previous material then this stuff will certainly knock you back a bit, but it's got claws that'll grab you immediately. Elements of 1990s indie greats like the Pixies, Superchunk, Chisel, and Juliana Hatfield are prevalent, but there are also nods to Athens' Elephant Six scene as well. We were quite blown away when we first heard this recording and have no doubt you will be as well.


released June 28, 2009

Mike Hall: Guitar, Vocals
Bobby Borte: Guitar, Vocals
Melissa Jacobsen: Bass, Vocals
Matt Dorsey: Drums

Tim Baier: additional guitars
John Irvine: trumpet
Produced and engineered by Daniel Black

Toxic Pop Records #9

PUNKNEWS.COM: What makes 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.

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