Philadelphia’s Birdie Busch, with the help of 137 patrons through PledgeMusic, has made her 4th full length album entitled Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night. Recorded over the summer of 2012 in studios in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, the new album was just released digitally to patrons in October, and is available here as now as well.
This recording gathers together what Birdie loves best: playing in a band with other like-minded folks where melody, rhythm, dynamic, and songwriting are all getting their time to shine.
While the group that makes up Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night have toured and recorded a lot together in the past year, this was the first project that allowed them all to devote a week to focused recording, arranging and experimenting. The full band recorded live with Nathan Sabatino, the engineer for Dr.Dog’s Be the Void, and then cut vocals and mixed at the Honey Jar with Devin Greenwood in DUMBO. “Everything was happening at once, the feeding off of each other’s energies, the guitar licks calling and responding, the eye contact, the instantaneous reactionary arrangements”. “Best recording experience ever” says Birdie, “we recorded the band live, with all the instruments leaking and the band just peaking”.
The new recordings show growth, maturity, and risk taking. The instrumentation is lush, yet angular and muscular, with prog rock textures, psychedelic references, trippy vocal effects and instrumental interludes, all fronted by a woman with a ‘58 Kay. With the propulsive rhythm section in songs like “Part of Apart”, there are transcendent moments when the band achieves acceleration and lift, a transfiguration, and a reaching in, and out, and up. There’s lots going on in these recordings and they only fully reveal more with each listen.
For booking and other inquiries contact:
Charterhouse Music Group
released January 8, 2013
Produced by Birdie Busch and The Greatest Night
The Greatest Night is:
Birdie Busch-lead vocals, guitars
Todd Erk-bass, background vocals
Ross Bellenoit-guitars,marimba,lap steel, background vocals
W. Craig Hendrix-keys, background vocals
Glockenspiel on “Wilderness” by Devin Greenwood.
Additional background vocals by Devin Greenwood, The Zeitlyn Sisters, Andrew Gray, and Robert Berliner.
All songs written by Birdie Busch ASCAP Maltese Rooster Music 2012.
Recorded by Nathan Sabatino at Meth Beach, Philadelphia, PA in August 2012.
Lead vocals and additional background vocals recorded by Devin Greenwood at the Honey Jar in Saltlands Studios, Brooklyn, NY in August 2012.
Album mixed by Devin Greenwood at the Honey Jar in Saltlands Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Album mastered by Ryan Schwabe in Philadelphia, PA.
Album design collaboration by Emily Busch and Angela Miles of Carpe Diem Construction Co.
This record is in dear memory of Mr. Donald Carl Cheeseman.
In addition to all our amazing patrons, I’d like to thank our friends and family for believing in us so fully. To Biff, for your time, hard work, and friendship. To Angela the giver, for your generous help and guidance. To Em and Bernardo, for helping get this started. To Ali cat, for helping me get it done (and being a lady of the world). To Lisa and Tommy, for sharing your space for rehearsals with us and everyone :)! Nathan and Devin for jumping right on into this project with us. Ryan for your master touch. To Fred Morgan, for your dedication to the artists you love. Mr. and Mrs. Erk, for the Philly touring adventures. To mom and dad, for being so loving to our family. And to the band, you guys are such great musicians and friends, I feel blessed.
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