Noah Miles works at Bluebeard and plays in Dead Birds Adore Us:
Art, food, and music. That’s what it’s all about. These outlets coincide with one another allowing me the freedom to create in many different mediums be it canvas, amplifier, or plate.
I have a deep love for food that I discovered at a young age. I was weaned with hot sauce! I love working in a kitchen for a lot of obvious reasons. I get to work with great people — executive chef/owner Abbi Merriss, head baker/owner Charles McIntosh, the Battista family, as well as other great chefs that have left to pursue their own projects, not to mention our wonderful bartenders, managers and wait staff. I get to try new things on a daily basis as our menu at Bluebeard is ever-evolving. I am never hungry. We may fall in love with a dish and then change it the next day as ingredients dictate. I love the fact that we have the freedom to change at a minute’s notice. We don’t have to necessarily make the same thing day in and day out, which can become monotonous and wearing on the creative soul.
The same is true with the music I play in Dead Birds Adore Us. We can play anything we choose because we trust each other musically. We have the ability to create what we think is pretty A-okay, good old-fashioned Dead Birds Adore Us-style sound. We get together and bounce around notes until we have something to build on. Our songs come about by constantly listening and tweaking the composition until we are all in approval — and we may still decide to change something. It’s much like in cooking, where I can bounce ideas to the chef and fellow cooks to determine first the direction of the dish, then other key elements that support the intention of the dish until we have a final product — all the time tasting and tasting. I find myself learning from everyone as we come together to produce a greater good, weather it be in music, or food, or even art.
I enjoy painting when I’m not cooking or playing in the band. I am currently working on a horror movie series I will be showing in October.
With these outlets at my disposal I am able to exercise my creativity. Yes, I may work long hours in a kitchen, but when you’re in a good one, with people you trust, bleed, and sweat with every single day, you feel like you’re with family and that is important. The same holds true with a band. You wouldn’t spend all your free time in a van driving to gigs with people you couldn’t stand as a form of relaxation. No, they become your brothers and sisters. It is satisfying to know that what I make and send out into world is received and appreciated by someone in the way of food, music or art.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
…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. 🙂
Happy 2015 ya’ll, it’s been too long since we’ve given you a solid update!
We were recently accepted by Pandora! They are going to enter the entire album into the Music Genome Project, and it should be live very soon! The Music Genome Project matches new music based on a system of tags and categories. I’m curious what they will say about us! 😉
Also, you can now buy a CD on the website! Just go to the home-page, and click the paypal link under “Buy”, or just click here.
We are making progress on some new music that we are excited about. We are exploring a bit more psychedelic funky tones, and we can’t wait to share it!
Our only booked show at the moment is The Return of Dent, on Saturday, February 7th. The 200 pre-sale tickets have SOLD OUT, so your only shot to get in is to get there early and be one of the first 100 people in the door. We are stoked about this show!