The San Fransisco rock collective known as Birdmonster has dropped a brand new eight-track EP for digital download via iTunes. Titled Blood Memory, the release consists of “casualties” from the band’s recently released second album, From The Mountain To The Sea.
Per frontman Peter Arcuni:
A year later while starting work on a new batch of ideas, we thought we’d revisit those sessions and see if there was anything there…anything that had miraculously congealed, on its own, in our absence. What we found amid the sketches and b-sides was a group of 8 tracks of a different nature altogether. It was something darker, something more perilous, more narrative, more conceptual than any of the material we’d thus far released. We found a world desperate for gunfights, confrontations with The Man On High, journeys through ice by way of the desert; If its predecessor was a stab at something concise and singular, this was a world of extremities; one where loud guitars eventually give way to desperate banjos, settling to a bed of acoustics and messy piano lines. I was left wondering, Could I have intended this all from the start?
The EP, which was produced by Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones), is available for the price $4.99. Get a preview, in the form of the track called “Yuma”, below.
Blood Memory EP Tracklist:
01. I Might Have Guessed (Mean Version)
02. Forever Gone
03. Mine To Say
04. Scatter Your Words
06. Day To Day
07. The Iditarod (Evening Version)
08. I Won’t Be Long / True Romance
Birdmonster 2009 Tour Dates:
09/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill