Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BIRDS IN ROW "Collected"

Vitriol Records - the LA label founded by Justin Smith of Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, and Dangers - presents Collected, a compilation of all the recordings to date of French hardcore band, Birds In Row. As Birds In Row prepare to record their debut full-length for Deathwish Inc, Collected serves as a complete introduction to this explosive band.

Birds In Row make hardcore punk with an utterly anthemic vibe. Vocals seethe with realness while a burly rhythm section pounds out a bulletproof, mid-tempo foundation worthy of Young Widows or Sweet Cobra. Much like Ghostlimb, Birds In Row convey lifetimes’ worth of emotion without ever sounding weak. The heart is laid bare but the spine is intact.

Collected consists of the entire Rise of the Phoenix 7” and Cottbus EP (originally released on Vitriol in 2009 and 2010, respectively, but now out of print), plus the first song the band ever recorded, “Phoenix”, which has not seen the light of day until now. Collected will be pressed on vinyl only and will feature an elaborate die-cut cover, consistent with Vitriol Records’ high standard of art and packaging - see Graf Orlock’s Doombox (an actual-size fold-out cardstock "boombox" which housed the Doombox EP on vinyl and cd) for one example of this.

All music on Collected was recorded by Amaury SauvĂ© at La Senelle Studio in Birds In Row’s hometown of Laval, France, and mastered by Sylvain Biguet.

Like most of the Vitriol roster, Birds In Row is a band that Smith discovered the old-fashioned way - playing shows with them, out on one of his bands’ many tours. In their two years of existence, Birds In Row have toured all across Europe and played with the likes of Defeater, La Dispute, Punch, Loma Prieta, and City of Ships. The band's first US tour is in the works for spring 2012 with Loma Prieta, including dates with all three of Smith’s bands - Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, and Dangers.

Collected is out January 17 on Vitriol Records.