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Listen: “Thanks for the Line” from Taylor Hawkins’ new band The Birds of Satan

on March 06, 2014, 1:17pm

Earlier this week, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins announced the launch of a new side-project called The Birds of Satan. Also featuring Mick Murphy and Wiley Hodgen, of Hawkins’ Chevy Metal cover band, the trio will release their self-titled debut on April 15th via Shanabelle Records. Now, for our first taste of the seven-track effort, the Birds have unveiled “Thanks for the Line”.

From the opening cascade of drums and strutting guitars, “Thanks for the Line” is an unpretentious rock romp, easy on the ears and a solid head-bobber. Hawkins’ voice may not have Grohl’s sturdiness, but he moves it playfully through the chorus, giving it all the peaks and valleys a flashy prog-rock band would ever want. Still, he’s got other tricks, too, like the unexpected piano ballad he delivers halfway through the song that’s unexpectedly torn to shreds by Murphy’s vicious guitar shredding. With a kind of punkish approach to the whole prog-rock concept, Hawkins and Co. make grandiosity and intricate musical structures seem just like good old fashioned rock and roll.

Listen in below:

The Birds of Satan Tracklist:
01. The Ballad of the Birds of Satan
02. Thanks for the Line
03. Pieces Of The Puzzle
04. Raspberries
05. Nothing at All
06. Wait Til Tomorrow
07. Too Far Gone to See

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