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Check out BiRDPERSON's latest 'EP'


April 19, 2016

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    The four band members of BiRDPERSON style themselves a “house rock” band. It’s a genre they made up, but it aptly describes both their style and conception. 
    “We live in a house together. We spent a lot of time together, and BiRDPERSON sort of happened out of that,” said guitarist Aaron Cooler, who might be considered the frontman of BiRDPERSON if the group did not share responsibilities and creative ownership so equally. “A lot of our lives kind of revolve around the community we’ve created: around our house, the people who come and the different characters and different experiences we have there.”
    The alt-indie rock group played their first show in March of 2015 (at their house, or course), and BiRDPERSON officially was born. The group just celebrated their one-year anniversary with the release of their first-ever EP.
    The release, which goes under the snarky title of “EP,” has four tracks, and Cooler said, “Honestly, all four songs are about girls." They are also, however, about “small-town college life,” about learning how to encounter and accept the world and the people in it. 
    It’s amazing that the four artists have managed to find unifying themes for their music when their own musical tastes are so wildly different. Cooler, a classically trained trombonist who “grew up” in Atlanta's punk scene, leans toward heavier rock, reggae and ska; drummer Wheeler Lovett prefers indie rock, with a background in both upright bass and bluegrass mandolin. As a bassist, Anthony McCleod naturally gravitates toward funk and R&B and, less naturally, heavy metal; and guitarist Trey Wilson fills in the band’s musical gaps with a general knowledge of rock and roll. Though the ensemble seems unlikely, Cooler says the four bandmates get along “weirdly well.”
    And while their “house rock” setup might seem unconventional, it lends itself to an organic creative environment. The band rarely schedules writing sessions, instead pitching ideas to each other when they happen to run into each other between classes at Georgia Southern or their work schedules. The house is stuffed with instruments. The TV has hardly been turned on in weeks; when the band mates are not doing homework or taking care of other responsibilities, they spend their free time jamming. They don’t always get a lot of organic time with all four of them in the same room, but the free-wheeling, piecemeal fashion in which the songs are created seems to work for them.
    BiRDPERSON takes a do-it-yourself approach to their musical production. All of their first copies of the self-produced EP were hand-burned, with handmade CD sleeves. And despite being a young band with great need for startup capital, BiRDPERSON released their EP under a “pay what you can” precedent.
    For now, BiRDPERSON is promoting their first EP, getting it off the ground before turning to further creative pursuits. The band will be in Statesboro for at least another year and a half as all four members finish up their undergraduate degrees. There will be plenty of time to catch them in concert, but you can get a jump start on experiencing their music by checking out “EP,” which is available on Bandcamp and Spotify.

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