Conversation Piece

Conversation Piece

by A Lot Like Birds


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Conversation Piece

On Plan B, the debut album by Sacramento, California band A Lot Like Birds, the group was an amorphous collection of musicians from the local scene assembled by guitarist/singer Michael Franzino. For the second album, Conversation Piece, the outfit has coalesced into a unit in which Franzino is joined by guitarist Ben Wiacek, bassist Michael Littlefield, and drummer Joe Arrington, supporting the alternately singing and screaming vocals of Kurt Travis and Cory Lockwood. The musical style also has become more focused, although A Lot Like Birds still court a degree of anarchy, their punk-influenced hard rock edging toward heavy metal sometimes, but occasionally subsiding into near-ambient passages. Franzino seems to have been influenced by '80s West Coast bands like Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, while also wanting to incorporate elements of new age and jazz fusion. The singer/screamers convey angst and bombast, as reflected in song titles like "The Blowtorch Is Applied to the Sugar" and "What Didn't Kill Me Just Got Stronger." The band's intentions are most fully realized on the seven-minute "Tantrum," which takes the musicians into all of the stylistic realms that interest Franzino. It's a complicated vision, and if the group has narrowed its reach on Conversation Piece, this remains an ambitious, if a little ragged, bunch of musicians.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
Label: Doghouse
UPC: 0790168955921
catalogNumber: 162

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lot Like Birds   Primary Artist
Dominic Garcia   Conga,Guest Appearance
Kurt Travis   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Littlefield   Bass,Group Member
Michael Franzino   Guitar,Group Member
Cory Lockwood   Vocals,Group Member
Ben Wiacek   Guitar,Group Member
Sean Farnworth   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Joe Arrington   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kris Crummett   Producer,Engineer
Patrick Maxwell   Artwork,Layout
Eric Rushing   Management
Bradley Edwards   Artwork
Michael Franzino   Programming
Aaron Poletti   Management
Nate Burger   Logo

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