Raleigh combo named “best in show” by national
By Blurt Staff
Birds of Avalon is a rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina
whose sound fuses elements of psychedelic and progressive rock. According
to CityBeat, they “can tear it up in
a three-minute barn-burner or lure you into an extended psychedelic journey,
wandering schizophrenically like a Brian May guitar solo.”
Since their inception in 2005, Birds Of Avalon have toured extensively,
sharing the stage with bands such as The Flaming Lips, Ted Leo and the
Pharmacists, The Raconteurs, The Fucking Champs, Oneida, Mudhoney, Valient Thorr and The Hold
So we’re giving away copies of the band’s latest, self-titled release on
180g vinyl. Enter here to win.
With their third full-length, Birds of Avalon have completed the
stylistic-aesthetic shift that had been bubbling around in their sonic stew for
the past few years. It’s a transformation that may have perplexed early fans
who latched onto them circa 2007’s Bazaar Bazaar, a boatload of
‘70s-centric boogie par excellence; yet as anyone who came up during that
decade will tell you, there was more to the ‘70s than just BOC and BTO, which
of course is where 2009’s Uncanny Valley, with its Prog-tilting
dissonance, and general sci-fi vibe, came in.
Birds of Avalon telescopes in on the band’s core strengths,
tautly-wound riffage powered by precision rhythms, with sleek melodies and
harmonic counterpoints (particularly in the way the vocals are structured)
galore. Elements of Prog remain – surging keyboard fills are another of the
band’s signatures – but it’s in no way excessive, more towards the kosmiche end of psychedelia than any noodly notions that the term “Prog” might
suggest. It’s pop, actually, but with pizzazz.
The Raleigh, NC, group clearly is marching to a different
drummer compared to many of its indie-rock peers on the Triangle music scene.
Yet by extracting bits and pieces from multiple genres and eras and still
managing to force a uniquely identifiable sound, these Birds ultimately fly
higher and farther than most of those peers.