Uncategorized - posted on June 18, 2015 by

Tasty grooves: Kitchens talk music • Musicians talk food

Our very own Noah Miles recently contributed to an article on NUVO!

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.

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review - posted on January 28, 2015 by

Indiana Locals: Von Strantz Review

| written by Wes Sims |

I stumbled upon this gem during The Do It Indy radio hour rfi.fm. Based out of Mishawaka IN, the Indie Soul band is currently touring from Florida and stopping anywhere they can on their way back home.

Leading members Jess Strantz and Kelsey Horton just released their third installment in a series of EP’s entitled “Narratives chapter III” following “Narrative chapter I Troubled Souls” and “Narrative chapter II The Line”. If you’re into well thought-out arrangements and rich melodies where lyrics match the emotion of the music, all three are a must have. These girls are serious and it shows.

Like a revolving door, the band has had many members in and out, and sometimes just for certain parts. But as far as musicianship, Jess and Kelsey hold a wide arsenal of skills. From piano and guitar to mandolin and violin, these two recorded everything but drums on their latest EP. That doesn’t mean they can’t play drums.

If Jess had four arms, she probably would be playing drums! Often performing live with a kick drum and tambourine at her feet, Jess makes it sound like a full band all while playing complex guitar parts and singing. As you get lost in wondering how she does it, Kelsey dives in with a whirling phrase from her violin and well placed harmony vocals to really tie the melody together.

With songs like “Troubled Souls” and “Fields” which hold a perfect blend of heartbreak and happiness, the highly inviting melodies will have you humming along almost immediately. “Sailors Tune” will take you on a trip through metaphoric waves. You can almost feel the mist form as Jess charges through a bluesy waltz on the sea.

The choppy piano in “1818” will take you back in time to an old saloon while the vocals gracefully glide around the notes both haunting and beautiful. “On to you” will have you tapping your foot in hot pursuit through a dark city. Very catchy with a slick “James Bond” feel.

Overall, Von Strantz has something for everyone. They are very versatile and stay busy. Currently on tour, I highly advise anyone to get to one of their shows. Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, iTunes, and they have hours of YouTube footage. Von Strantz Rocks! Enjoy!

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Uncategorized - posted on January 15, 2015 by

Pandora, CD’s, Dent Show, New Music

10888648_792104527533372_5898482306637436267_nHappy 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!

As always, thank you for your continued support!

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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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shows - posted on June 4, 2014 by

Upcoming Show with PILGRIM and Age of Taurus

Well hey there! Hope you’re enjoying the new site. We are certainly enjoying the potential to keep connected with our fans to let everyone know what’s going on.

Thanks to our friend Mona at the 5th Quarter Lounge in Indianapolis, we just got hooked up with a show with the bands Pilgrim, Age of Taurus, and Wasted Theory. These are three really awesome doom metal bands, and after listening to all three bands, we are really stoked to be a part of this show. If you haven’t heard of them, be sure to check them out.

This show is going down on Thursday June 19th at the 5th Quarter Lounge, and you can check out the Facebook event HERE.  We are keeping all of our shows updated on the website and on our facebook, and within the next few weeks we are working on filling out this website with content.

Dead Birds Adore Us Grasshopper design by Mallory HodgkinIn other news, the Kickstarter is set to end in just 3 days. We met our base goal of $1,500 in about 5 days, which is absolutely amazing! We couldn’t be more grateful for the support we have!  Initially we were considering making the base goal of $5,000, so that we can also afford vinyl manufacturing. Ultimately, we decided that getting the CD’s pressed and distributed online were much more essential than vinyl.

Currently, the project is sitting at $1,786.  If you are interested in donating, please visit the Kickstarter page HERE.  We have all kinds of cool backer rewards, including this exclusive Kickstarter t-shirt (pictured left), designed by our friend Mallory Hodgkin.


That’s all for now! Be sure to check out those bands and check out the Kickstarter page! Thank you!

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