Discovery Week on The Shark - Maybird

May 16, 2016

We're feeding your musical appetite all this week (Monday 5/16 - Sunday 5/22) with Discovery Week on the Shark with Maybird!  

Give us a little overview of your last few months. Have you been on the road? Recording? Writing?

The last few months have mostly been writing for our new album and playing live shows in the East Coast supporting the EP we released at the end of April. We just started recording with Patrick Carney, who’s producing our next record. It’ll be our first full length on the label, and it’s our first time working with a producer, which are both exciting things for us. It’s sounding great so far.

How has it felt to be signed to Danger Mouse’s label?

It feels great, he’s a great person to work with. We’re all huge fans of his work and it’s inspiring to have this chance to work with someone who’s music we’ve always admired. He has plenty of great advice and insight to offer about working in the music world.

How long have you (or your band) been playing music and how did you first get started?

The band has been making music together for about 3 years. We all played music in separate groups around Rochester for a long time, but this band really came together when I’d asked Kurt to fill in for Sam, who normally played guitar with me, at a gig. Sam showed up to the gig anyway and we all played together for the first time, and it clicked!

How do you approach playing live. what can people expect from your shows?

We like our live show to sound slightly different than the record. We get creative with the songs - add little sections, change up the instrumentation, etc. and a lot of people seem to like that and it’s something we dig when we see shows. We also have some extra instrumentation on recordings that we don’t have onstage, like synths, sitar and other fun instruments that we try to replicate with guitars.

Tell us about your band name and how it came to be?

Maybird is a song of ours, it was one of the first songs I ever wrote. But when I wrote it, it was not called Maybird and it was about a girl I was crushing on in high school. I rewrote the lyrics a few years ago and made it about seeing some astounding bird and getting inspired. When we were naming the band we had a hard time finding a name that we thought represented the music well. My mom actually recommended we just call it Maybird and everybody though it fit nicely.

What bands (other than yourself) should people be listening to?

So many, but here are 3: Faces on Film, Absofacto & Tonbruket