At the beginning of this year on MEB I boldly wrote, “There is literally nothing to dislike about Birds In Row.”
And I will not be corrected. There is literally nothing to dislike about Birds In Row.
Sure Deathwish Inc. is a label full to the brim with amazing yet carefully selected bands, but I’m thinking this French band will settle out higher than some the more You, Me & The Violence is heard.
This 12-song record is a heavy packed statement. Yes, it has the pure shouting along with the push and pull of instruments. As the single, “Pilori” cuts listeners in half as you realize what the title of the record means. It’s you, me and the violence – it seems that’s often the case between two people. You guessed right; the lyrics are equally heavy and dark like in “The Illusionist”: “What you are sure to see, what I give you to believe/ A wall of smoke to hide the fact that I don’t even believe in magic/ But the important thing is to show people way more than you know.”
Feedback and fast tempo changes occur often, making Birds In Row distinct in their own nature (They can be perhaps compared to label mates Touche Amore or a Converge-light). Such a growth from this band since Collected too. While the gritty “Guillotine” and “Walter Freeman” will remind you of the oldies, “Last Last Chance” is that interlude break, much like “Outro” on the Cottbus EP except like a more mature part two replacing the original king.
But if this rant isn’t enough, just give “Police & Thieves” and “Lovers Have Their Say” a shot. The first has lighter guitar chords for hardcore but it’s a great song. The second mentioned song is the 13-minute closer that is slow, distant, and spacious to collectively be a masterpiece in its own right. It’s an apt title, “Lovers Have Their Say,” because it fades out and you think…isn’t that what it is?
You, Me & The Violence may very well be one of the best records this year. Thinking about that, Birds In Row are a band from a tiny town in France that wrote “Kid Called Dreamer.” No need guys, it’s safe to say you’re welcome here.