Saturday, February 4, 2012

Slick Midwestern Rock n' Roll...


"Disguised as Birds was born in 2004 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although Disguised as Birds’ power indie rock sound tends to have a lot of dreamy, shimmering, jammy qualities, it regularly returns to explosively heavy rock bombast that puts their overall approach on grounds close to those of Shiner, Regulator Watts, Jawbox, Shipping News, Juno, etc. Still, despite the artsy leanings, Disguised as Birds unquestionably has the vibe of a classic rock band. In spirit (if not in incessant riffing) they pack a great deal of SOUL into every measure of every tune.

Still, Disguised as Birds can be dubbed nothing but original. They have formed a ridiculous amount of musical telepathy and toghetherness that is rare for an indie band. Originally conceived as a power trio (Kristopher Endicott: guitar/vocals, Tony Ciske; bass, and Christopher Bongers; drums), Disguised as Birds rehearsed and played out in and around the Midwest for a year before recording a full length record with Shane Hochstetler (CALL ME LIGHTNING) in 2005. Looking to recreate the record’s layered vocal harmonies live, the band recruited Chris Chuzles as a second vocalist - just in time to sing on five of the self-titled album’s tracks. Chris Bongers then moved to Madrid, Spain to play with punk-rock band Los Bultacos, so the Birds added Milwaukee ace drummer Kevin DeMars to the fold.

Disguised as Birds have a loose and powerful live sound. Influenced by all things rock and roll, art, and the often cold and bleak environment in which they live; this is a band that can pummel, sprint, or soar."

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