Birdmonster is not your typical quartet. They will not stand on stage with their feet locked. They will not whine about girl troubles. They will not act as if music is a chore. Instead, Birdmonster stomps their feet with abondon, plays bass with a tamborine, and slips seamlessly between radio-friendly indie rock, jangling ho-downs, and epic rock-outs. They make music for people to dance and yelp and sing to: No one leaves a show without a goofy smile.
When bassist Justin Tenuto was busy schlepping crepes in a San Francisco café, he met singer/guitarist Peter Arcuni. Peter had spent the last few years howling country and the occasional punk back east while Justin had been playing instrumental rock in a Central California garage with drummer Zach Winter and guitarist David Klein. Thinking nothing of it, they all met one afternoon in David’s living room. The chemistry was instananeous.
Since early 2004, Birdmonster has packed venues up and down the West Coast. They’ve brought their own sing-along brand of rock to Seattle’s Rainbow Room, San Diego’s Scolari’s, L.A’s Spaceland, and dozens of Bay Area venues, notably the Great American Music Hall, Café Du Nord, and the Bottom of the Hill. Fans return time and time again, assured that every Birdmonster show is greater and different from the last. Part Fugazi, part Tom Petty, yet strikiningly unique, Birdmonster has developed their own style of indie rock. At any given show, punk, country, dance, and good old fashioned Rock & Roll blend together smoothly - the songs are catchy and complex at once.
Recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone with engineer Justin Phelps (Cake, Mr. Bungle), Birdmonster’s self-released EP displays a wide cross-section of their sound, showcasing dueling melodies, honest twang, and drums that your feet can’t help but notice. The Birdmonster EP is avaible at online at CDBaby and iTunes, and is in heavy rotation on various college radio and internet radio stations, alongside popular indie acts like Pavement and The Arcade Fire. In the end, Birdmonster does “more in three songs than most bands can manage in a full-length album,” says Performer Magazine’s Rian Rochford. “This band is on the verge of explosion.”