I sat on the roof, sunbathing in the strong signal that this smartass phone says it has. On the phone was Mike Hall of Sick Sick Birds
"It was fun. We were able to take our time a little bit more and get everything we really wanted done before we put it out. There was really no deadline. It's more of a thought out record than any record I've been a part of." Hall sounds stoked on this record, and the next one as well. "I think the next batch of songs will be a lot more collaborative. It's a different lineup than what we've had in the past ... it's almost like being in the band you were in in high school, everyone's just at practice goofing around and writing stuff together."
Speaking of high school, I ask what he likes about playing music in this region. "It's where I grew up. It's just a lot of fun to play shows around here because you're almost becoming part of the history that we grew up with. So it's an honor. As songwriters, we're defiantly shaped by the area we grow up in. I grew up with Dischord, and old DC hardcore stuff. That kind of shines through a little bit."
That's all that matters. Watch the Sick Sick Birds play this Wednesday, April 17th at the Black Cat, sandwiched by Atlanta Roughriders, the Coathangers and DC's worst secret Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb. (Conflict of interest? What's that?)
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Sick Sick Birds - Your Machine (Mp3)
Sick Sick Birds - Committees (Need A Champion) (Mp3)