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…
SUSTO is the brainchild of Justin Osborne. It was born out of collaboration between Osborne & various colleagues including but not limited to Johnny Delaware, Wolfgang Zimmerman, Nicholas Scott Woodley & Camilo Miranda. These collaborations took place between 2011 & 2013 in Charleston & Havana.
Early writing & recording for SUSTO began in late 2011.
In early 2013 Osborne began performing solo in South Carolina & Cuba under the name of SUSTO. By August of that year SUSTO was performing as a full band. In addition to Osborne covering rhythm guitar, keyboards, & lead vocals, this line-up included Taylor McCleskey on drums, Eric Mixon on bass and Johnny Delaware on lead guitar & background vocals.
By early 2014 the debut self titled album was finalized & subsequently released by Osborne & Delaware’s label Peninsula Records on April Fool’s Day (04/01/2014).
After an extensive North American solo tour (Summer 2014) in support of SUSTO’s debut album, Osborne returned to Charleston and began to solidify a permanent live band. SUSTO’s full band line-up eventually came to be Corey Campbell (Guitar, Keys, Vocals), Johnny Delaware (Guitar, Keys, Vocals), Jordan Hicks (Bass Guitar), Marshall Hudson (Drums/Percussion) and Justin Osborne (Vocals, Guitar, Keys).
The Old Paints rock hard, they jam a little country, they ebb toward the psychedelic sea. It all works, together, as a self-professed pure-pop, rock n’ roll, country-folk-jangle trio from right here in Birmingham, Alabama. Andy Harris, resident twang master on guitar and vocals, also crafts posters and zines for the band and other outlets, such as Birmingham Zine Fest. Drummer Breely Flower’s voice sounds like an angel who just discovered cigarettes, her percussion skills lifting her up and out of innocence. Breely recently won Girls Rock Birmingham‘s songwriting contest, earning studio time at Communicating Vessels and airtime on Birmingham Mountain Radio. Bassist Joel Nelson keeps it calm, cool and collected, playing on and off again with the band but hopefully settling in as a more permanent member.
The Old Paints get their title from what cowboys sometimes named their horse (“Old Paint”) in Country Western songs and movies of days past. Dialing into this persona, The Old Paints take you for a ride, carrying you into lonesome sunsets via gallop-worthy riffs and grooves.
Catch a cool breeze between your fingers and the reigns with the endlessly catchy “What Did Rock & Roll Ever Do…
Cracker. Cracker have just released their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.
Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.
As Lowery explains, “On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup – Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup…