There’s an irreplaceable kind of satisfaction that comes with unplugging from our data-saturated and mentally scattered world for a moment, getting away from online tweeting to listen to the simple song of a bird. To hear those sounds on a still clear morning is to start the day off right. Birds of Chicago may not be literal birds (though did once live in Chicago) but they do capture that fine feathered feeling. The band’s combination of intricacy and purity cuts through the stresses of modern life to deliver a direct hit of emotional uplift, speaking to the buried feelings of innocence and bittersweet melancholy that lurks inside all of us.
Of course, Birds of Chicago have a wider variety of musical tools than your average songbird. Their sound is led by the soaring gospel-infused vocals of Allison Russell (of Po’Girl fame) and her co-conspirator, J.T. Nero, who shares a rare, open-hearted quality. Together, the two have built an ardent fan following, thanks to a strong collection of albums and incredible live shows. And while the duo's music may be as moving as a songbird’s, with their solid and engaging stage presence, thankfully, Birds of Chicago are nowhere near as elusive.
Biography by Ian Samuels