Rhode Islanders’ David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, aka Brown Bird, following up on thier 2011 release 'Salt For Salt' which had a spot on my best of list of that year, have released the first track from their forthcoming self-produced album, 'Fits of Reason' due out Apr-2 and announced spring tour dates.
Firmly anchored in the foundations of blues and American roots music, the duo's combination of foot-percussion, upright bass, violin, cello and balladeer vocals mix to create an intriguing cemetery Folk sound.
On Fits of Reason we can hear MorganEve expanding her siren vocals adding to the harmonic layers.
Pre-order the album from their Bandcamp page.
If you missed 2011's 'Salt For Salt' I suggest you rectifiy that.
Upcoming Tour Dates
Mar 09 Common Fence Music at CFP Community Hall Portsmouth, RI
Mar 23 The Linda Albany, NY
Apr 03 The Parlor Room Northampton, MA
Apr 04 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
Apr 05 The Met Pawtucket, RI
Apr 09 Lilly’s Pad @ Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
Apr 10 FED LIVE Harrisburg, PA
Apr 11 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 12 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
Apr 13 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
Apr 16 The Southern Charlottesville, VA
Apr 17 Strange Matter Richmond, VA
Apr 18 The Saint Asbury Park, NJ
Apr 19 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
Apr 20 One Longfellow Square (TWO SHOWS!) Portland, ME
Apr 28 Stagecoach Festival Bermuda Dunes, CA
May 24 Strawberry Music Festival El Portal, CA
May 27 Sasquatch Festival George, WA
Jun 02 Nelsonville Festival Nelsonville, OH
Thomas Paine once said, “reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it”. Brown Bird’s new self-produced release, Fits of Reason, raises its hat to Mr. Paine in a flurry of cerebral themes that surface in the album’s eleven songs.
The band’s two members, David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, continue to build their sound from the foundations of blues and American roots music, utilizing the simple foot-percussion, violin, cello and upright bass that they have become known for, while expanding Swain’s vocal presence and flaunting Lamb’s lyrical mastery. Recorded in their home-state of Rhode Island at Machines With Magnets, Fits of Reason is inspired by the writings of Omar Khayyam, Christopher Hitchens, and Plato, among others, and grapples with the human condition in a smooth but unapologetic departure from the band’s previous release, Salt for Salt. With the introduction of electric guitar, electric bass, and a more prominent display of the band’s Middle Eastern, metal, and psych-rock influences, Fits of Reason delves into heavier territory and invites the listener to hear with discerning ears.
Brown Bird spent most of 2012 on the road, supporting Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Yonder Mountain String Band and Horse Feathers, and wowed the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival with their first main-stage appearance. The band will continue criss-crossing the US in 2013, with a full US tour planned in April, and an appearance scheduled at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA. Fits of Reason will be released on Supply & Demand Music on April 2nd, 2013.