Taylor Hawkins (FOO FIGHTERS), Wiley Hodgden and Mick Murphy (MY RUIN) — also known as THE BIRDS OF SATAN — will release their self-titled debut album April 15 on Shanabelle Records. Recorded in less than a week's worth of whirlwind sessions and preceded by a recently unveiled promo trailer, the record is now available for pre-order, with all pre-orders instantly receiving the track "Thanks For The Line".
For anyone asking who/what/why are THE BIRDS OF THE SATAN... Well, there may or may not be a clue in the lyrics of the instant grat track "Thanks For The Line", but as to the musical nature of this beast: That question is answered in short order by the album's opening manifesto, the near-10-minute "The Ballad of the Birds of Satan", which progresses from a typically frenetic Hawkins drum salvo into an outright heavy-prog epic concluding with an undeniable boogie groove. The previously mentioned "Thanks For The Line" and the straight-up hard rocker "Pieces Of The Puzzle" showcase THE BIRDS' unabashed (some might say shameless) love of rock and roll flash and grandeur, with Hawkins in fine vocal and drumming form (also contributing piano) aided and abetted by a magnetic chemistry with Hodgden's bass and Murphy's guitar. Elsewhere, sublime ballads "Raspberries" and the somber finale "Too Far Gone To See" showcase additional emotional dimensions of THE BIRDS OF SATAN sound — and if that gets too heavy, the listener can always skip back to "Wait Til Tomorrow" for the first documented recorded Eddie Van Halen-style guitar solo of this decade.
THE BIRDS OF SATAN are Taylor Hawkins (vocals, drums, piano, guitar, keyboards), Wiley Hodgden (bass, background vocals), and Mick Murphy (guitar). Guest musicians on the eponymous album include Dave Grohl (guitar), Pat Smear (guitar), Drew Hester (percussion), and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), among others.
"The Birds Of Satan" was produced and engineered by John Lousteau and mixed by Drew Hester.
The complete track listing is as follows:
01. The Ballad Of The Birds Of Satan
02. Thanks For The Line
03. Pieces Of The Puzzle
05. Nothing At All
06. Wait Til Tomorrow
07. Too Far Gone To See