Friday, January 4, 2019

New Lyric Video from aBIRD... ...And a 2018 Top 5 List

"The Lights"

In the fall of 2018, we got the debut LP, Hard Times in Two Dimensions, from aBIRD. The new project of Adam Bird, formerly of Those Mockingbirds, aBIRD trades that old band's baroque alt-rock for synth-soaked pop. When Adam came to me and asked if I'd like to share aBIRD's lyric video for single "The Lights," I said sure. I also asked if aBIRD would like to contribute to our ongoing series of year-end lists.

Bird and bandmate Nick Ivory went a little high-concept in the list department, giving us a peek into the absurdity that can befall a band's group texts. In Bird's own words, "Like any band, the aBIRD group text is 90% jokes and memes, 10% actual planning and constructive conversation. So we decided to share some of our most favorite and absurd John Lennon-themed memes for our end of year list. Though we love the music of John and the Beatles, it's healthy to find macabre things funny too."

But before we get to the list, here's aBIRD's lyric video for "The Lights." Bird has found himself with this new sound, and the song's theme of being yourself despite what others may think is one that has come up a few times now in aBIRD songs. The synths give this one kind of a retro, cyber-punk disco vibe. The video was put together by Rob Fitzgerald.

Now, with that out of the way, I give you aBIRD's Favorite John Lennon-Themed Memes of 2018.

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