Although it’s September, alternative rock band Maybird is very much in season. I had the opportunity to see the Brooklyn-based ensemble take the airwaves at A and R Music Bar during CD102.5’s Fall Fest, playing amongst CHVRCHES, Jake Bugg and Frank Turner. With a vibe uniquely their own, I found myself at a loss when my friends asked me “What do they sound like?” before the show. I’m not sure how others feel, but when I have a hard time describing what a band’s sound is like, that’s usually a good thing - Maybird is doing music right.
The minute Maybird takes the stage the atmosphere changes. Hands clap, feet inch closer and energy is created. The band has a lot of musical diversity with Sam Snyder on guitar (overhand, by the way), Josh Netsky leading vocals and guitar, his brother Adam on the drums, James Preston on bass/synth and Kurt Johnson on guitar(s) and pedal steel. This variety of instrumentation allows for great creativity with their sound.
On their 2016 EP Release “Turning Into Water” their musical range is more than evident. Their title song Turning Into Water will make everyone in the crowd dance like never before (trust me, I was there) while tracks like Maybird offer guitar licks that nod heads and sway every beer-in-hand audience member. But I think the real take away from the concert were the shining moments when the band would turn toward each other, forget the audience if only for a moment, and completely rock out. That’s when they and the audience came alive - musical fusion.
There’s more to come for Maybird, that’s definite. For my outro I’ll leave you with a couple personal points about the band:
Best place to listen (besides live): Highway, windows down, 65 mph
Favorite lyrics: “You ask me how it feels, well, time wounds all heals” -Turning into Water