END Q&A: Maybird on new single, Turning Into Water

May 16, 2016

"Twangy psychedelia with a funhouse bounce," is how the band Maybird describes its sound. While a bit of an obscure description, one listen to "Turning Into Water" clears things up quite a bit.

Three years into playing music together, these three guys from Rochester, New York kind of stumbled into becoming a band. Their first gig together happened to also be the first time the three of them had played together at all. 

From throwing together a live show and learning each other's styles to recording with famed Danger Mouse (Broken Bells, Gnarls Barkley) things have been coming together for Maybird fast. 

Check out the recent Q&A we did with Josh from Maybird about what the band has been up to lately: 

Listen to Maybird's "Turning Into Water" for free

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

MAYBIRD (Josh): 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. 

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

MAYBIRD: 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 whose music we’ve always admired. He has plenty of great advice and insight to offer about working in the music world. 

END: How long have you guys been playing music and how did you first get started?

MAYBIRD: The band has been making music together for about three 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! 

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

MAYBIRD: 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. 

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

MAYBIRD: 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. 

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

MAYBIRD: So many, but here are three: Faces on Film, Absofacto, Tonbruket.

Listen to Maybird's "Turning Into Water" for free