True to my personality and music taste, I’m going to do a complete 180 from the dance-o-rama of yesterday’s Daily Tune and ease us a little closer to the weekend by introducing you to one of my favorite new indie rock bands, Yellowbirds and their single The Rest Of My Life.
To my close friends I’m probably known as the guy on the pulse of what’s hip and cool in music. However, to other writers and fellow music geeks, I’m probably about 10 months late in discovering the latest bands. So, while I’m sure Yellowbirds will not be new to anyone who knows a thing or two about the indie rock scene, they’re new to me and one of my favorite discoveries of the last few months.
Unlike most of my fellow gays and lezbatrons, I didn’t grow up dressing like Madonna or one of the Jacksons. Instead, my musical upbringing was firmly entrenched in the music of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. And sandwiched into that era of groundbreaking artistry in the 1950s, is where you’ll find some of my favorite singers such as Ricky Nelson, The Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison; all reasons why I love Yellowbirds.
Yellowbirds is the brainchild of Houston-born, New York City-based, singer-songwriter Sam Cohen and his debut album, The Color, pulls from the music of that era of the 1950s and, to my ear, throws a little bit of 60s French flare in there as well for good measure. The album is at times psychedelic, always melodic, and (to steal a word from my mother) dreamy.
The first single (to my behind-the-times knowledge) is for the lead track off the album, The Rest Of My Life. The video for the song is pretty visually orgasmic and the album deserves your money. So buy it, bitches!