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Maybird's Colorful Visions on Their Debut, Things I Remember From Earth

Maybird's musical vision is made for a future that relies on pulling from the past. Toy-sounding synthesizers, acoustic guitars plus distorted and processed guitars, and the chorus-like harmonies that make their music sound a bit like it's from a retro movie give the band cinematic flair. The band has a taste for writing truisms, and perhaps their nostalgic sound adds to the emphasis. The story behind their debut album, Things I Remember From Earth cuts to the core of the human experience in terms of what people are searching for and come to find self-evident. The journey to writing the album comes from Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan as a crucial source for inspiration. The philosophical themes surely inform the thoughtful hooks, which sometimes admonish looking too far into the future. 

A key influence behind Maybird is the reputable rock band Dangermouse, who helped them release the EP Turning into Water after discovering them in 2016. The four-song EP Unraveling followed soon after in 2017 with the help of producer Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. The clash and eventual concoction of these experiences resulted in the songs on their debut, all of which are tinged with the right amount of apathy that ultimately makes their music so cool.


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Maybird opens for Mt. Joy with psych heavy alt-rock at Rough Trade 05.03

The similarities between ‘70s psychedelia and the synthesizer and effects-heavy sounds of modern alternative music aren’t hard to find, but it’s a connection we rarely note. Maybird finds itself in the middle of that intersection. While by no means following in the direct veins of those rock forebearers, the manipulated guitars and electronics found throughout the band’s music keep an eye on psychedelics as inspiration far more than most alt-pop peers. You can hear it in the ripped fuzz guitar riffs on “Turning Into Water” or the background organ of “To The Stars.” Live, Maybird captures its sound by frequently bringing along pedal steel guitar, saxophone, and even incorporating an unusual overhanded guitar playing technique. You can catch the band live on May 3 at Rough Trade Records when the group opens for Mt. Joy. ­– Cameron Carr


Buzz Alert! Maybird opens for Portugal, the Man + lands September residency at The Knit

2017 has been a good year for NYC's melodic psych rockers Maybird: after releasing the "Unraveling" EP back in June, including the single “Keep In Linefeatured by The Deli a few months back, the band was asked in quick succession to play a September residency at the Knitting Factory and to open a couple shows for Portugal, The Man during their upcoming fall tour. At the Knit, on September 14th, 21st, and the 28th, you'll also be treated to fellow NY psych-flavored projects Evolfo and Steady Sun, the former joining their performances on the 14th, and the latter on the 21st. But for now, check out Maybird’s most popular single 'Turning into Water,' streaming below. - Pearse Devlin

Psych pop quartet Maybird releases new single, plays Union Pool on 06.03

Maybird, a Brooklyn based four-piece band from Rochester NY, recently released their newest single, "Keep In Line" produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. It's a song that the band's songwriter's Josh Netsky wrote about that "feeling of restlessness [felt] when someone you're used to having around is out being productive and you're not, but wish you were." A paradoxical thought that ended up becoming a productive one, since it inspired this song. With its plodding tempo and lazy psych-pop melody, the single expresses Josh's desire to travel and make music. That desire will be soon fulfilled through a short North East tour and a performance at Union Pool on June 3rd.


A Deli NYC Video Premiere: Maybird's "Two Horizons"

The right soundtrack always throws some magic dust over all the here's and there's of the city. You know this. It can turn your rainy day halal truck lunch into winning cinema, or a late night stroll into the moment you first see someone. The video for "Two Horizons," from Maybird's debut album "Down & Under" is filled with beautifully shot moments of humans being humans in NYC, a narrative as old and developing as citylife itself. The song is at times a story recounted and at times a log of premonitions and preparations for what sounds like an eerie future. Psychedelic Brooklyn band Maybird is comprised of members Josh Netsky, Sam Snyder, Mike Schuler, Kurt Johnson, and Adam Netsky. More premonitions point to shows in May and a second album titled "Things I Remember From Earth". - Leora Mandel, video directed by Michael Faller.

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