Monday, March 17, 2014

THE BIRDS OF SATAN: Taylor 'Foo Fighters' Hawkins' side project release their first album on April 15, 2014!






The Birds Of Satan are Taylor Hawkins (vocals, drums, piano, guitar, keyboards), Wiley Hodgden (bass, background vocals), and Mick Murphy (guitar). For anyone asking who/what/why are The Birds Of The Satan... The 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. "Thanks For The Line" and straight up hard rocker "Pieces Of The Puzzle," showcase the Birds' unabashed (some might say shameless) love of Rock & 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 Van Halen style guitar solo of this decade. Guest musicians on the eponymous album, recorded in less than week’s worth of whirlwind sessions, 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.

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