Recorded throughout 07/08 in various sheds, attics and bedrooms in Galway and Mayo, and featuring additional production by Loner Deluxe, 'And Then It Rained For Seven Days' is the debut release by Music for Dead Birds.
Originally released on 3" CD in April 2009 by Rusted Rail.
The press release informs me that the album was recorded in "various sheds and attics" and the music fits perfectly into these homely environs. Acoustic patterns knit warm, cozy comfort blankets of sound....
If you like the musical rural delights of Hood, Epic45, and Anticon's acoustic electronica, then MFDB will give a glow that would keep you happy and warm in any period of seasonal hibernation. At times quirky and at others deadly serious, MFDB musically take flight where few others dare or are even capable of venturing and whilst you can hear tiny snippets of influence, MFDB are the true sounds, sights and delicate smells of the countryside in summer.
Crumbs In The Butter
Sounding at times like some bedroom folky take on Grandaddy meets early Elliott Smith, the album will tick all the right boxes for all you lovers of lo-fi indie sounds. Its got that lovely laidback loose kind of sound that will most definitely appeal to early Yo La Tengo fans with just a hint at the weirder side of psych folk. The eight track mini album comes beautifullY packaged yet again courtesy of Rusted Rail in a miniature 3 inch card sleeve. Pressed on a tiny little 3 inch cd this is another gem for collectors of limited handmade editions.
"17" is the anthem for every boy and girl rocking harder in high school! Music for Dead Birds come out "smashin" on their release "And then it rained for seven days�" on Rusted Rail Records. The additional album info describes the recording as taking place in "various sheds, attics & bedrooms in Galway and Mayo." The end result represents clear intentions and highly creative songwriting and recording techniques. Hailing from Galway Ireland, Music for Dead Birds create a sensual and driving folk influenced electric guitar rock music. The Lyrics are captivating and the vocal delivery together creates a strong focal point for the listener. Transitions between songs are surprising and make listening to this album refreshing and engaging. I appreciate the creative use of digital sampling and electronic drum programming mixed with acoustic instruments and voice. This 20 minute 3" release feels complete and sounds to me to be an important accomplishment for a band that I am sure has much more to come. I look forward to future works by both this band and their label! 8/10
The first tunelet sounds like early 90's NY style lo-fi, shouty, repetitive & noisy, stop start stuff. Hurts my ears. 'What did you expect' recalls some of Sebadoh's earlier experiments in distorted confessional pop, 'The Sex' is a tender folkish chestbeater with a hearty vocal chant, some really emotive guitar picking and a stunted primitive drum line. It gets folkier on the the sing-song 'To Grow Up Wet', the clickety dub laced snare cracks on the eerie & quite wonderful 'Pill, Oh' are a fine backdrop to the hazy boy/girl vocals and a shambling, meandering acoustic guitar. Fans of early Hood will REALLY like this one, it's boss. There's more songs but I never tell you about them all. You'd have nothing to be surprised by. Worth it for 'Pill, Oh' alone. Oh yes.
released April 14, 2009
Jimmy Monaghan - Guitar, Vocals
Donal Walsh - Percussion
Trista Monaghan - Vocals (track 5)
Produced by Music for Dead Birds and Loner Delux
Cover Photography by Declan Kelly
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