Birmingham Alabama is bursting at the seams with incredible talent, from an amazing visual arts community to some of the best music in the Southeastern region. We have all the talent but not a whole lot of resources to find out about it.
Welcome to Monotonia is a Birmingham web series designed to expose the pure raw talent of both the local and traveling artist and musicians who perform in our city!
Compiled here in it’s entirety, from Subrstrate Radio, is the incredibly binge worthy Season 2 of Welcome to Monotonia.
If you’ve spent any time in Birmingham, Alabama, you’ve seen a Dirty Lungs sticker slapped on something. Though the city’s musical landscape has changed dramatically since the band formed in 2006, the Dirty Lungs are still standing–and they’re just as gritty and focused as ever.
Several tours and member changes have contributed to the constant evolution of their sound. The Birmingham-staple garage-surf outfit has continuously reinvented itself and now moves forward as a four piece. They’ve shared the stage with bands such as British Sea Power, Jacuzzi Boys, The Clientele, and many others. This summer they prepare to release their Communicating Vessels debut.
Their new record is not, by any means, the archetypical Nirvana-esque rehashing of an old Kinks record that seems to egress from every garage in America these days. The influences beneath Dirty Lungs are indeed abounding, and Mitchell’s vocals are the force that unites them all.
To compare Dirty Lungs to any particular album would be unfair–their latest release is an extension of their own sound reinforced by a focused exploration into new musical realms. Produced and Engineered by Michael Shackelford (studiophonic) with mixing by Lynn Bridges, they assured the band’s music would leave listeners anxiously…
“Step Pepper Turns 5” will be featuring a total of 14 bands throughout the day sponsored by Good People and more…
Featuring… Null Ant’lrd Nowhere Squares Urbandy Omari Jazz AF THE NAYSAYER In Snow Freaky Deakys Loveislight Yakuza Dance Mob Cosmonaut on Vacation Onehundreds Balcony View Vawter Sponsored by… Good People Brewing Co. Seasick Records Communicating Vessels The Spring Street Firehouse Substrate Radio Barbecutioners Pixie Ice Cream
Commitment. An adventure. A journey. Peoples use these words all the time in relation to marriage, in vows and explanations and elegies. So, too, do husband and wife Ryan Peoples and Rebekah Goode-Peoples of Atlanta’s Oryx & Crake. Though, chances are they mean it in a totally different way.
“There’s a beast in me/and I know you know this,” Ryan sings on “Strange as You Are,” the opener of the band’s latest album, Marriage. But knowing and seeing are two different things entirely, and Oryx & Crake make hay of the tension that lies between the two loading on Patterson Hood’s “duality of the Southern thing,” abandoned religion and nods to more than one of the great post-apolcalyptic novels of our time for good measure. Ostensibly, Marriage is about commitment – in a broad sense, not just between romantic partners – but it’s even bigger than that. Marriage is also about ambivalence.
For an album to tackle such big and slippery themes, it almost has to be cinematic, and in that regard, Oryx & Crake do not disappoint. Marriage displays the grandeur of Arcade Fire’s finer moments with the lyrical…
IN SNOW is a four-piece instrumental band from Birmingham comprised of Christopher Suda, Michael Pocus, Brooke McCarley and Samuel Porter. For an in-depth account of the In Snow story, read Anthony Vacca’s recent exposé for WELD magazine.
The album was recorded and mastered at Feedback Audio in Birmingham, the band having won the studio time at a raffle for DIY Birmingham‘s second anniversary party. It’s a powerful, sweeping, and sometimes heart-breaking record. The ensemble consists of guitar, drum, bass, violin, effect pedals and even sampling.
Guitarist Chris Suda (who also produces experimental music under the name Loveislight) applies his signature sampling sensibilities here, infusing the traditional rock model with thoughtful and contemplative atmosphere.