Hit singles? Commercial aspirations? This band doesn’t wanna know. Their main concern is clearly to create artful and intelligent (yet thoroughly raw-boned) music that is unique, unfiltered and stands on its own terms. The result is a mutation of psych-rock that’s more abrasive than the norm. This is especially so of the lead vocals, which are visceral, throat-burning, gut-punching, loaded with as much character as lack of ordinary craft. Musicianship is likewise primitive and unrefined, following the original art-punk ethos to its downstroked T. That said, these Birds take flight with “Statue,” whose lulling chimes, xylophone and yearning vocal is engaging and, gulp, not uncommercial.
Magnificent Birds of Prey - "Sticks and Stones"