shows - posted on March 16, 2015 by

Dead Birds Adore Us Acoustic Show

So in case you haven’t heard the good word, we are playing our first ever all-acoustic set on Saturday March 28th. We went ahead and made a video to give you an idea of what to expect.

Dead Birds Adore Us Acoustic Show

We will be joined by Bizarre Noir and Fiber for this all ages event. Bizarre Noir was voted NUVO’s best metal band of 2014, but that’s only because “experimental demonic mind-fuck” wasn’t an applicable category. If that were the case, they’d win every year. We’ve played quite a few shows with these guys, and they are constantly getting better. More innovative, more weird, more bizarre. Don’t think you’re going to get a toned down dose because they are playing with acoustic instruments. You can check out their new album on the Bizarre Noir Bandcamp page.

This will be our first show with Fiber. We don’t know much about the band, but the music on the Fiber Reverbnation Page kicks some serious ass. Some huge tones coming from a 3-piece punk group, no doubt their acoustic set will rock too.

It’s worth mentioning that this event is sponsored by Radio Free Indy, Indy In-Tune, and Shine Indy. These guys are doing awesome things for the Indianapolis local music scene. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter… or to the store. Buy these gents a cup of coffee. If they don’t drink coffee, a cool refreshing glass of coconut water will suffice.

By the way, there will also be entertainment for children by way of face painting and magic! And we are the biggest of children.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.

Until next time!

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shows - posted on March 5, 2015 by

Birdy’s Battle Royale 2015 – Round One

| written by Ryan Sellick |

It has been a long time since we’ve played at Birdy’s Live, and the Birdy’s Battle Royale was such a great event to be a part of! The music was so diverse, ranging from alternative metal to folk rock, and from solo acoustic rock to the gasoline soaked mind-scraping havoc of black magic wizards. The 25 minute sets kept the night moving right along, pleasing my ADD very much! It was also a great opportunity to meet so many talented musicians in the area, each one of them kicking ass in their own unique ways.

Jonathan Sanders wrote an article about the event on NUVO’s Website, giving his scoop on every band that played. Here’s what he said about us:

“Dead Birds Adore Us, which finished second, provided the other end of the variety spectrum, pushing progressive rock with a bent toward Zappa-esque mathematical experimentation. They impressed the crowd with a set that wasted no time, sticking to the music for most of their 25 minutes. They consistently kept listeners guessing with their complicated time signatures and riffs which demanded our full attention.”

Wes Sims, Dead Birds Adore Us, Birdy's Battle Royale

We really appreciate the kind words! It’s nice to be recognized for playing complex music with odd time signatures. Several people complimented our music as being tight and orchestral sounding. With the grungy tone of the guitars, sometimes the intricacies of what we play can go unnoticed. We are happy to see that it isn’t.

Prowlers & the Prey had our vote for the night, and they finished in first place. They are a folk rock band from Broadripple, comprised of active musicians from several different bands in the Indianapolis area. They have only been playing together for a few months, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by their sound. Easily one of our favorite bands in the city now.

So being that we made it in second place, our next round will be on April 24th at Birdy’s Live. We will be there to support Prowlers & the Prey on April 17th. Our next show will be an all acoustic show with Bizarre Noir and Fiber on March 28th, more details to come soon.

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shows - posted on February 14, 2015 by

Return of Dent Show

| written by Ryan Sellick |

DENT is a local Indianapolis band that was well known in the mid 90’s to early 00’s, opening for the likes of Pantera and White Zombie. The band, being on hiatus for several years, had an amazing reunion performance to a near-sold out crowd at the Rockhouse this past weekend. We were lucky enough to be a part of the Return of Dent.

Alternative Rock group DENT performing at the Rockhouse cafe in Indianapolis, Indiana This show was special because there was an air of nostaglia, a sense of unity that is evidently rare in the Indianapolis local music climate. To me, it seemed it wasn’t just the band that was reuniting, but their fans as well.

The crowd mingled through the beginning of the night, engaging more and more into the music as the night went on, peaking heavily during DENT’s set.  They have such a powerful stage presence that resonated with everyone in the room. Everyone packed so thick and close to the stage that for a moment, the Rockhouse felt like the Vogue. It’s a small wonder that these guys had a successful music career, and I really hope to see them again someday.

Accompanying Dent was Mardi Belle, Dead Man’s Grill, Model Stranger, yours truly, and Join the Dead; a tasteful variety of Rock to keep the crowd tuned in all night.

Dead Birds Adore Us, after the Rockhouse show. …and if you were present, in any capacity (including “in spirit”), thank you so much. This show was special because we could really feel the energy in the air, a few select people were there supporting us with every ounce of it they had left. We feel it, we reflect it, and it makes for a kick-ass rock show.

Earlier in the day, I ran into James Kramer at Arkbarn Studio while dropping off the Bigfoot Yancey EP for Ryan Koch to mix. We talked about what it takes to build a local fan base, and he made a excellent point. He said that it’s important fans to feel like they have something special. Something real. We may not always pull the biggest crowd, but we have a damn good base of really awesome people that are moved by what we are doing. It is a really good feeling to have that kind of support for doing something you love, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

On a side note, everything ran smoothly with Bigfoot Yancey’s mixing and mastering session, and their entire EP sounds amazing. I’ve been playing it on loop for the last several days. They plan on releasing it soon, and I’m excited to share it!

In the meantime, here’s a video from the show. Enjoy. 🙂

Thanks again everyone!

With love,
DBAU

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shows - posted on September 22, 2014 by

Fall 2014 Shows

Hey ya’ll! We have a couple really nice shows lined up for ya this fall!

This Saturday we will be playing Joe’s Show, which is a benefit show for Joe Dane. This is going on from 3pm-10pm, all ages, and will be a great time. View the facebook event for more details: http://www.facebook.com/events/1527425030820002/

Our next show after that will be at the Melody Inn on October 17th, doing original progressive rock a little justice here in Indianapolis. (Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/735801113123323/)

First we have Simeon Soul Charger, a Psychedelic group from Akron Ohio. These guys reminded me of an eclectic Pink Floyd/Beatles (Sgt Peppers) swirl of psychedelic delight. A lot of mind expanding feel-goody happening here.

After that we have Black Grove, an intense, droney, instrumental progressive rock group from Indianapolis. Black Grove brings it in a way which is very underrated and under appreciated in the Indianapolis Music scene, but certainly not by us. It’s hard to do these guys justice with words, but here we go. Mind bending tones delicately woven on a psychedelic landscape of neurotic doom. How’s that? We love those guys.

And finally, we have Born Under Burden. The band remind me of Tool’s Undertow era, with a raw Deftones feel with blood curdling screams. The guys describe themselves: “The band, much like its music has grown in its scope and vision, developed in its complexity, and has become layered with the changes, odd times, and explosiveness that can only be honed in the crucible of time.” We have yet to see these guys live, but they make for an exciting addition to this show.

Sounds good? We think so. Be on the look out for the 7 eyed cat of psychedelic doom. He’s hard to miss.

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album, shows - posted on August 1, 2014 by

Official Release Date = Saturday 8/23

Hello everybody! The Album has arrived, and we have decided to officially release it at the Rockhouse Café in Indianapolis on Saturday August 23rd!

This is a Will Schlosser (Formerly LazyHawk) Family Reunion Show, featuring Model Stranger, Midwest State of MindDead Man’s Grill, and Bizarre Noir (NUVO‘s voted #1 Metal band of 2013)!

This is a BIG deal to us! We have been working on this album for a very long time, and we are so stoked to finally release it, and share it. Please come out to this event! Buy yourself a copy of the album and show some support for some fantastic local and regional rock music! Check out the Facebook Event and click “Attend”!

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