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6/7/2006

A Birdsong Valentine - The Chicago based group A Birdsong Valentine formed in early 2005 as a jam session between former who did BENDER front man Brian Bender and MariZen bass player Chris Masta Shen. After a year of jamming together they added Oscar Diaz who has played lead guitar in Calm Like a Bomb and wdB and Brians old high school buddy Dan Macias on drums. With personal influences ranging from 311, Sublime, Rage Against the Machine, Slayer, Iron Maiden, and Gomez, the bands sound is a little complicated to put into one category. Their style is a mix of punk/rock with hints of reggae and metal. A Birdsong Valentine puts a smile on your face, love in your heart and a shake in your ass. Prepare to party!  
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Weighted Rating: [20 Votes, 2.88 Stars]
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dronjom [1/12/2018 8:29:27 AM EST]
Score: +0
God bless you. You matter. Happy New Year.
soseriouslygrown [2/4/2008 1:33:43 AM EST]
Score: +0
i'd let it play in the background at tha local shin dig
wordgirl62 [3/18/2007 1:55:54 PM EST]
Score: +0
like the energy here! Cool band name..
wordgirl62 [2/26/2007 5:29:05 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
This might be totally ignorant of me, but I like the song okay...yes, influences are showing a bit, the song is a bit predictable, but pleasing...Rock and Roll!
itchybrother [2/15/2007 5:01:02 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
that was fairly enjoyable.

and great reading too.
iconoclasticatachism [8/12/2006 12:50:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 0.5 stars
all sounds the same to me, this ...stuff. i dont care who plays it.
but thats just me. i still dont like punk or anything like it.
kashworth [8/11/2006 11:36:55 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
GREATNESS!!!!!!
mistaeyeball [6/27/2006 1:17:51 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1.5 stars
Here in my bedroom! Do you remember that lame ass wanna be pop ska song? Who was that... oh yea. Goldfinger. These guys sond like a band derivitive of goldfinger, who you know was derivitive of good bands. Good Job!
Mr. Pink [6/13/2006 10:23:29 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
could easily be the theme song in just about any of John Hughes' movies, and I like that.
psyfer [6/11/2006 10:23:40 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1 star
Forced to agree with cobain re: space invaders.

Also, they sound like they jump around a lot.
Rocketeer [6/11/2006 3:46:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1.5 stars
The offspring of No Doubt and Green day. Crummy singing. The band has some talent... except I hear virtually no originality in arrangement or progressions in this song.
drumstrainer [6/8/2006 12:45:09 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
Good Song! good groove, well played.
cuuntry [6/7/2006 11:30:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
Hi Buyer. How's Canada?
TheBuyer [6/7/2006 10:58:28 PM EST]
Score: +0
Hi #@&%!ry!
cuuntry [6/7/2006 10:46:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2 stars
a song's gotta move you to be good in my book. i was not moved.
qualcomm [6/7/2006 10:37:05 PM EST]
Score: +0
do you have any pictures of this girlfriend?
ruben remus [6/7/2006 9:06:25 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1.5 stars
This song makes me strangely nostalgic for the late 90s, when my girlfriend at the time put some stuff that sounded just like this on mix tapes she made for me. Those songs sounded tired to me then, and they sounded tired to me when I first heard them in high school a few years before. This tune is obviously derivative, which isn't bad in and of itself. The problem with it is that I can't identify a single artistic idiosyncrasy. It adheres so closely to the rules of it's genre that it sounds like a cover- in fact, I can almost remember hearing this exact same song on one of those old cassettes. The performance is not...horrible...it's just so SAFE, one can imagine that the song live would be a note-for-note reproduction of this version- again, it pretty much sounds like any cover band that you can hear any night in hundreds of bars all across the country. As for the vocals, I think the lead singer sounds just about as limp as all the bands this seems to aspire to. I have to disagree that there are "vocal errors", because he's phrasing and pronouncing his lyrics and melody the way he wants to, though I would agree that there are some unfortunate choices in that regard. When the backing vocals come in, everything is *a bit* out of tune, although I think that's one of the few things that make this sound almost like rock 'n' roll- it doesn't need to sound like a choir recital. Look at some of the Stones harmonies. These guy could probably have the producer run everything through pitch correction, but more slickness is the last thing this song needs. (By the way, did someone really mean the vocals are "archly" out of tune? As in mischievously and cleverly? 'Cause I'd be on the other side of that argument.) Anyway, I think the whole thing just lacks any sparks, although it could possibly function as background music to get drunk and pick up college girls by.
SirenEast [6/7/2006 7:32:12 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Maybe I've been in Tokyo too long, but all we have here is carefully executed rip offs or weak j-pop. I need a little raw-ness some of the time. I dig it. But I aslo dug most of their listed influences at one time or another...
fizzwiz [6/7/2006 6:59:07 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
Will H. Disney [6/7/2006 5:29:24 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
Will H. Disney [6/7/2006 5:28:12 PM EST]
Score: +0
I mean, I literally understand that he's referring to his own movie.
Will H. Disney [6/7/2006 2:57:02 PM EST]
Score: +0
I understand what Nick means.
Nick Rivers [6/7/2006 2:46:49 PM EST]
Score: +0
Might be fun to see them at an underwater saloon...
TheBuyer [6/7/2006 2:32:05 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
Didn't move me either way off the half-way mark.
Will H. Disney [6/7/2006 2:31:16 PM EST]
Score: +0
Yeah, but it'd be fun to see these guys at a bar, right?
qualcomm [6/7/2006 2:17:43 PM EST]
Score: +0
fair enough, guy.
Cobainsaxsolo [6/7/2006 12:53:14 PM EST]
Score: +0
Also what are the prospects of that lifetime ban on Danko?
Cobainsaxsolo [6/7/2006 12:52:45 PM EST]
Score: +0
I'm sorry you can't keep up, Mr. Danko. Perhaps a bit more triaining and you'll build up the stamina for my formibable intellect. As for the comments by Messr. Qualcomm: No I think its fine to beat a dead horse, as you put it, as long as you go to the effort to use a new weapon. That's to say this song felt too much a product of its genre. IT was on rails, sans the final flourish which I thought was fun. It did nothing as far as I could tell to distinguish itself from a its predecessors, i.e. Pietsters, the Never Had to Knock on Wood guys, who were in fact trying to play with something from their influences. You bring up a good point with The Strokes, but I would argue they brought a sense of Strokesiness, loungy vocals a modern sensibility, to thier songs which distinguished, albeit a little bit, from their influences. If you would have told me this song was written in 1997 I wouldn;t have batted an eye. If you would have told me that The Strokes album was produced in the early 80s on the other hand I would have been shocked. You want to talk about the Rolling Stones they were ladling from the fundemental goop that makes up rock & roll, while these guys are siphoning from a very small ghetto of that same stew. And I would be the first to criticize Rap if its more of the same banal heavy drum/bass track with tired lyrics about thugs and hoes you knows.
Mr. Danko [6/7/2006 12:26:48 PM EST]
Score: +0
I must agree with CSS about the horrible punk ska thing and point out that I stated as much BELOW!!! After that she/he totally lost me.
qualcomm [6/7/2006 11:43:55 AM EST]
Score: +0
i don't know... is any song that fits into a particular genre a ripoff, or a dead horse beating? how long do you have to wait before you're allowed to revisit a genre? the strokes made their name rehashing new wavish rock. does the fact that they came 20 years after the original stuff make them any less derivative? we've got some hiphop coming up, none of it terribly original, but i doubt you'll hear people complaining about the glut of such music over the past 10 years. as for this being "watered-down ska," i never liked first wave ska so i don't feel defensive the way danko and bb might, but come on, are you advocating some kind of "purity" in music? the stones are called watered-down blues by purists. i doubt these guys consciously made this a ska song to give it an edge. more likely, they just like how it sounds.
BrownBunny [6/7/2006 11:14:35 AM EST]
Score: +0
Mr. Danko - yes. I'm not so into watered-down ska, used just because it adds an "edge." So it would be a rip-off, but a pleasurable one.
Cobainsaxsolo [6/7/2006 11:10:46 AM EST]
Score: +0
I thought after 9/11 we all decided not to make this sugary bubble-gum punk-ska music anymore. It's not that it's not competent. There are some vocal error, but all and it is fine. (And I have to disagree with The Gibbers; I htought that going to commercial flourish at the end was endearing.) But why after the embarrassing mid-90s glut of this kind of music would you keep doing it. I mean come on! Imagine you are 11 and it is 1980 and you are going to the arcade. You hear there is an exciting NEW video game. It is called Space Attackers. You think, "Awesome! New video game!" But then you realize someone made a complete rip-off of Space Invaders and you wonder why they would lie to you, crushing your hopes and dreams. You don't want to play Space Invaders anymore. YOU DON'T WANT TO PLAY SPACE INVADERS ANYMORE!
GibneySays [6/7/2006 10:50:58 AM EST]
Score: +0
oh dude, that guitar thing at the very end is hilarious. sounds like the end to some saved by the bell episode.
GibneySays [6/7/2006 10:48:02 AM EST]
Score: +0
think they get a little lost in the chorus, especially on the vocals.
Mr. Danko [6/7/2006 10:38:57 AM EST]
Score: +0
the falsettoes may be funny but let's face it, they are also ridiculous.
Mr. Danko [6/7/2006 10:37:05 AM EST]
Score: +0
BB, do you mean if this was a straight up legit ska song in the Specials/Selecter mold or the Desmond Decker (RIP) mold you would like it more?
qualcomm [6/7/2006 10:36:57 AM EST]
Score: +0
yeah, some of the phrasing is off (like that "listen" bit), but on the other hand, the little falsettoes he does at the end of some of the lines is cute
made_in_tokyo [6/7/2006 10:36:05 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
more punch would leave some impressions
BrownBunny [6/7/2006 10:29:59 AM EST]
Score: +0
If the ska elements were more to the foreground it'd be ok--it just seems like they were hedging their bets. I'd call it "ska-inflected."
Mr. Danko [6/7/2006 10:15:13 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2 stars
I think that with a few changes this could be a radio ready song. First, the vocals are pretty horrible and especially that background wailing during the chorus. The lyrics suck and the lead singers phrasing is all off. I hate the way he says "listen" in the beginning. Also, i really hate this horrible ska revival crap. I thought we were done with it by the late 90's.
BrownBunny [6/7/2006 10:12:26 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
sub-post Punk. Totally predictable chord progressions.I would lose the guitar solo. The singing is too archly off-tune. Totally underwhelmed. 2.5 stars for a solid undertaking.
qualcomm [6/7/2006 10:05:28 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
not my kind of music, but it's pleasant enough.
GibneySays [6/7/2006 10:03:04 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
has a very mid 90s feel to it. bet they're fun to see live.
Will H. Disney [6/7/2006 6:45:32 AM EST]
Score: +0
I was reading the band page for A Birdsong Valentine, here:
http://redfizz.com/rf/band.aspx?&bandid=432159

Now, I don't have a smile on my face, but I definitely do have a shake on my ass. Not sure about the love in my heart yet.

As for the song, I like it. This would be great bar band music. I'm not sure if I'd add it to my iPod just yet, but maybe I would. I'll put in my vote once I see what other people do so I can make my vote look that much smarter.

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