“This is our summer jam for interesting times,” says Alli Russell, “our ‘Bombs over Baghdad’ or ‘Rock the Casbah.’”
The upbeat track centers on moving on from “faded constellations” and “lost tears”; an ode to leaving unpleasant memories in the past, leading with the resounding affirmation “never go back.” This is not a time for contemplation, but one that requires all hearts on deck and full immersion in the present moment. With “Never Go Back” Birds of Chicago deliver that wake-up call in an incredibly catchy 3-minute dance-floor wrecker.
Led by JT Nero and Allison Russell, Birds of Chicago are known for their seamless combination of rock n roll meets “near perfect Americana” (No Depression). Nero and Russell recently recorded Love in Wartime, an album envisioned as a cinematic rock n roll suite, with producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago. During the band’s recent interview with Chicago Tribune, music critic Greg Kot expressed that the new album “channels the band’s increasingly volatile energy as a live act while upholding its penchant for soul-searching lyrics.”
Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation. For more information on tour dates and artist updates visit birdsofchicago.com.
APR 12 THU – South on Main – Smokey & The Mirror – Little Rock, AR, United States
APR 13 FRI – Bike Rack Brewery – Bentonville, AR, United States +
APR 20 FRI – Stadsschouwburg de Harmonie – Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, Netherlands
APR 21 SAT – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
APR 22 SUN – Cultureel Cafe De Amer – Amen, The Netherlands, Netherlands