You may recognize the names Tim Brown, Donna McKean and Stewart Anderson. The first two were key members of Lunchbox, and the latter is the Boyracer master drummer. Together, the created a new project called Birds Of California and filled it with hazy indie-pop/punk guitars and infectious, upbeat vocals. Rounding out the group are Amr Toppozada on guitar and moog, and Jeremy Goody providing horns and keyboards. “Great Expectations” is their first single and it can be found on the free digital single series from Tweefort Records.
Opening and closing tracks “Great Expectations” and “Laugh Out Loud” are both complemented by Anderson’s signature erratic predilection toward snare-heavy drumming, while Goody drives home the horns throughout. And Brown’s vocals are precisely that which gives the twee-pop fan their jollies. Birds of California has a sound you’d expect to hear from bands on labels like Magic Marker; this is no surprise as Lunchbox released several items on the label. It’s true, though — the band has that bouncy, sloppy pop sound that makes the music immensely good and insatiably fun.
As I noted before, you can download Great Expectations from Tweefort Records. Here’s a taste of indie-pop heaven:
Download: “Great Expectations” by Birds Of California
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Tweefort Records [Digital Single, 2010]
1. Great Expectations
3. Laugh Out Loud