A Bird’s Eye View of Fall & Winter of 2014


Welcome back to the fold, birdfans!—We hope you’ve enjoyed the end of summer, and are happy to usher in another creepy crawly autumnal celebration, fraught with ghosts and ghouls, and some really fun and fabulous freebies. What could we POSSIBLY be talking about?—that’s RIGHT!—Magnificent Birds of Prey are happy to announce we will be playing the second annual Creepfest Halloween Bash, brought to you by Fallen Angel Bookings and Gashouse Radio, on Saturday, November 1st, at Shady Katie’s (8pm, 21+, $10.00, 814 S White Horse Pike Somerdale, NJ 08083). Get there early, and plan to stay all night, because the lineup is jam-packed with local talent and friends The Defused, The Lost Will Follow, and Zymotic Flow. And If that isn’t enough to tickle your tail feathers, we’ll be giving away free t-shirts with door entry as well a candy goodie bags! Mark your calendars NOW, don’t forget your favorite costume, and prepare to be rocked, cuz THESE birds aren’t flying south for the winter!

RSVP FOR CREEPFEST II (and full details) Click HERE

What else have the Mag Birds been up to of late? Well, you’ll have to wait and see in future updates, as so many wheels are currently in motion, but we will leave you with this bit of birdseed—we’ve spent a lot of time writing and pre-producing new material for recording, and are fast-approaching “ground breaking”, so to speak, on our first LP (see also: double EP). Speaking of new music, as you may be aware, we released a split with The Defused a few months back. CD copies are still available, although they are extremely limited; however, you can feel free to stream our newest songs “Statue” and “Co-Pilot” from our YouTube channel. Be sure to bookmark it, and check back frequently, as there will be video surveillance—this musical revolution WILL be televised.

If you like what you hear, share it with a friend, and keep rockin’ on!

~ Carl MBOP


Hard Rockin Summer Update 7/7/14



It’s been a while since our last update, but the past several months have been super busy, leading up to this moment: a split CD release party on 7/17 at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe (1131 Market Street), with The Defused, followed by our first ever NYC show at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn on 7/20. Buy tickets for the record release event at Hard Rock Cafe, right here or below! ($6.00, 18+, Doors: 8:30 PM / Show: 9:00 PM)



Brooklyn Split Release RSVP CLICK HERE OR PHOTO

But first we must recap our “June in MBOP”.

Magnificent Birds of Prey followed up on our Rock 4 Paws FEST animal rescue performance in May, by playing a date at “Rock and Rescue Fest” at Mojo 13 for another awesome animal rescue fundraiser, benefitting our furry friends, and hosted by The Terribles. We had a great time, for a great cause, and got to play “the first state” for the first time together. Delaware—you’re kinda fun to play, don’t be a stranger!

The following weekend, MBOP descended on Peaceful Woodlands Family Campground in Blakeslee, PA for a special all-acoustic, solo show amongst the tall trees. Big thanks to Nikki and the Depaul family for having us out to play their restful corner of the Poconos. Bag pipes echoed our arrival on the scene, with multi-instrumentalist, Joel Adams, luring in the campers for an intimate evening of music, storys, and fun. Audience participation was encouraged, as we did our best rendition of VH1 Storytellers (minus the TV crew).

The Defused and Magnificent Birds of Prey were soon after guests on Gashouse Radio’s flagship program “Gashouse Live”, where we debuted two tracks from the pending split release. We’d like to thank Dustin Dellinger for having us on what was a particularly crowded evening (we caught Dead:Stop acoustic, prior to their electric set at Dockside).The Defused debuted rocker “The Killer”, which launches us out of our seats from the get-go, with the flick of a pickslide, and a anthemic shout of “Let’s GO!”. MBOP debuted sensitive, soulful fan-favorite “Statue”, which had previously only been available on live recordings (Gashouse and XRP Radio acoustic). We’d like to thank Connie’s Ric Rac for having us as a featured act at their open mic night this past Wednesday, as we continue to push hard on the last leg (err…wing) of promotions for our 7/17 engagement at Philadelphia’s own Hard Rock Cafe. This coming Thursday (7/10), MBOP and The Defused continue to promote the split CD release, as we play some acoustic tunes and chat on XRP radio’s Aug and Kimmi show at Hot Shots Bar and Grill. If you can’t come out and have a beer with us, tune in online at the link below so you might be with us in spirit.

JOIN US both ON AIR 7-9P.M. @ www.xrpradio.co.uk

On 7/17, MBOP and The Defused are going to showcase both our talents as live bands, as well as to show-off our skills in other mediums. The bands came together to plan and plot the project, recording all tracks, and mixing in-house, utilizing Carl and Lyle’s recording company, The Spartan Tone, while The Defused’s drummer, Kelly Messina-Lefrancis painted the artwork that graces both the CD face, as well as the front/back cover of the release. The Defused also plan to release a rockumentary about the process of creating this split recording. There will be freebies, as well as limited physical copies of the split available for $5.00 (NOTE: we now have the ability to process credit cards!). All in all, it’s about having fun with friends, and this whole process has certainly been a blast. Now we’re ready to share the music—both live and recorded—with you, our family, friends and fine-feathered fans.

With everything coming up between now and the split release, please keep your eyes on the skies—we’ll be dropping more updates on your shortly! Hope everyone is having a happy, healthy, and safe summer, and we hope to see all of you at the Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday, 7/17. Cheers!

MBOP ~ Carl J. Kunz Jr.


May We Rock You? Update 5/6/14

It’s festival season! MBOP will be busy, busy birds through the month of May, as we glide into a full weekend of rock and roll, as part of the 3rd Annual Elephants for Autism festival (5/16-5/18).


(Click flyer or here for RSVP and lineup information.)

Magnificent Birds of Prey are playing two dates Saturday 5/17 at Le Grande Fromage (7PM, upstairs, 25 Gordon’s Alley), and Sunday 5/18 at the Boneyard’s Alley stage (4:30PM, 20 S Virginia Ave). We were lucky enough to be part of the Elephant’s lineup last year, and this year figures to be even bigger, with more amazing bands and stages. It’s a great cause, with all door money benefitting the music program at the Archway School in Atco, NJ. Thanks to the hard work of event organizer, Jerry Ryan, we will be playing along side bands such as Baby Diaz, Stellarscope, The Terribles, Ego Alien, John Cook, Linus in the Sapphire, Hiding Scarlet, The Defused, Rodger Delany, Amber Ladd, Amelia Scalies, Layers and Frames, and the Lost Will Follow, to name a few. For the full lineup, as well as all event details, please RSVP above. There are plenty of reasonably priced motels and hotels nearby. We highly suggest booking one right now, so that you can roost with us for the weekend! If you can’t make it, please note Rocker’s Dive Radio will be broadcasting the full upstairs lineup on 5/18 between 5pm and 11pm.

MBOP will rest up, following our weekend in Atlantic City, prior to taking the stage on Saturday 5/31 as part of the lineup for the 2nd Annual “Rock 4 Paws Fest” (Medford, NJ), presented by the Paw It 4Ward Foundation (12PM to 6PM, free admission).

(Click flyer or here for RSVP and lineup information.)

Proceeds benefit medical expenses associated with local animal rescues. This a great cause, benefitting many of our furrier friends. We’re happy to be playing with so many talented artists, such as Rodger Delany, Road Dogs, John Cook, Amber Ladd, and featured act: The Defused.

Speaking of The Defused, we’re anxious to share more details about the impending MBOP/The Defused split release, which we officially announced late last month. The release party is slated for 7/17 at Philly’s Hard Rock Cafe (1131 Market Street), $6.00, 18+, Doors: 8:30 PM / Show: 9:00 PM, where both bands will play full, electric sets, and limited CD copies will be made available. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

The idea was to take a band with a like-minded approach to music production and promotion, and craft a four-song offering, with two new songs per band. To this end, we employed the in-house recording and production stylings of The Spartan Tone (MBOP’s own Lyle and Carl—producers!), along with professional, high-quality finishing work, courtesy of Azimuth Mastering, to create an almost completely DIY, in-house offering. Recording with friends, such as The Defused, made the entire process fun, as we got to see them in their sillier moments, and help coach them through some of the frustrations inherent with the recording process. An added benefit, which more local/regional bands should take advantage of, is combining the reach of two audiences—the goal, after all, is to be heard!

In addition to contributing rockin new tunes “The Killer” and “From the Other Side” to the split, The Defused’s own Kelly Messina-LaFrancis has created an original painting, which will be used as the cover art, and the band is also working on a short rockumentary documenting the making of the split, which will focus on all the fun we had during the creative process, giving a sneak peek into the inner workings of The Spartan Tone studios, as well as the bands in their more candid moments.

For our part, Magnificent Birds of Prey have tracked “Copilot”—a mid-tempo, rocker, which is sure to become a sing-a-long, and “Statue”, —a fan-favorite since we started playing out last year, which shows off MBOP’s chiller, more sensitive side. In the wake of JM Hash’s departure from the band, MBOP solicited furiously talented four-stringer, Scott Bluth, of Baby Diaz, to handle the low end for the recording.

The initial run will be released as CD and digital download, with the intent to press vinyl, if a short run can be done cost effectively.

Buy tickets for the record release event at Hard Rock Cafe, right here!


4/15 - “MBOP - Anniversary Update”

The weather has changed, and the blooms are a-bloomin, Spring is in the air, and these birds are a-chirping. About what, might you ask? Well, thank you for asking!


Click Photo or HERE for RSVP.

First off—you need to know about this weeks show, Friday, April 18th, at the M Room in Philadelphia, PA. The event is hosted by Saul Dratman and Jim Cunningham of Gravity Given & Forward Productions, and promises to be a barn-burner, with Magnificent Birds of Prey soaring along with Curtis Lexx, Splashing Violet, and local powerhouse Glim Dropper—if you have not yet checked out their new release “Heartsick Phenomenon” do yourself a favor, and quit dragging your feet. Great production, good hooks—both musically and vocally—melodically swirl together in a very deliberate way, as Glim Dropper continues to refine and perfect their sound. Get there at 8pm for the entire night of festivites, because the whole show promises to ruffle your feathers—in a good way. $10 gets you in, more of your own scratch gets you beer or great food, and they do have a city-wide, so enjoy a shot with your beer, have a relaxing start to your weekend, and call yourself a cab to get home safely. 21 and up, please (sorry youngins).

Now, we’d like to turn our attention to some necessary thank you’s from the past month. 

Lets start with a great big hearty thank you to all involved with Spring Fling at Shady Katie’s. The event was remarkably successful, in large part, due to the hard work of Fallen Angel Bookings and promo/games from The Defused. Big thanks to Jennifer Hillier and Lizzie Temple for the great job booking and promoting. These ladies are easy to work with, and they deliver, plus they are sweethearts, and that never hurts. Expect to see more highlights soon.


Photo Credit: Mike O’Brien (Thank you for some amazing live shots!)

We’d like to thank Amber Ladd, The Defused, and Rinse Repeat for playing great sets, as well as Shady Katie’s for having us, and the soundman for really dialing it in for the entire evening. Everything went smoothly, and we can not wait to play this particular slice of South Jersey again as soon as we are able. It’s always preferable to play with friends, or make new friends, and we can’t stress enough how frequently this has occurred for us over the past year. We do not take the continued support lightly, as it really does take the concerted and continuing efforts of multiple bands supporting one another to actually build that rapport and sense of community that we feel in the local music scene these days. Boiled down to a word: WOOT!

Moving on, we’d also like to thank Gashouse Radio for having us on-air earlier this month. We played a few acoustic tunes, which you may hear in rotation. If you haven’t heard of Gashouse (which is impossible if you’ve been reading our updates), now is the time, peoples. We suggest diving in with this new interview of Dustin Dellinger, brought to you by our good friend Chuck Old of the UTS Network. Gashouse radio is now running their own Indiegogo campaign to help with upgrading, expanding and promoting Gashouse to reach new levels. Internet radio is here, people. It is not the future—it is now. Live in the now, Carpe diem!—(or perhaps, “carpe Gashouse!”). HELP THE CAUSE CLICK HERE!

Our thanks do not end there—oh no! We would be remiss if we did not thank August and Kimmi for having us on the new “Aug and Kimmi Show” on XRP radio Thursdays Nights (7-9p.m. EST), where we were broadcast from Hot Shots as part of their live debut. That was a blast, if not a bit of a whirlwind, as we played with fellow rockers The Defused, The Terribles, and The Lost Will Follow during this all-acoustic remote from Westville. Good sets by all, thanks to all, and we’ll hopefully be playing with all of them again relatively soon.

As always, updates will continue to come fast and furiously, so always check back. We can’t wait to officially announce the “special project” we’ve been hinting at for some time now. All in due time, but deadlines dictate—SOON. Very soon. Spring has sprung, and with it comes birdsong, which you can have on-demand this Friday, 4/18, at the M Room. Hope to see you there.

Cheers ~ Carl MBOP



"The Flinging of the Spring"


(Click photo or here for RSVP and all details)

 Spring is in the air, bird watchers, can you feel it? WE CAN, so clean up your act (see what I did there?) and join us this Saturday April 5th at Shady Katie’s. We are super excited to be taking part in an all night rager to kick off the season called “Spring Fling”. This event is brought to you by the wonderful Fallen Angel Bookings. Magnificent Birds of Prey will be showing off our fine new feathery coats, as we uncork a full electric set of rock and roll on all comers. But who will be joining us in this endeavour to rock your socks right off your tootsies?

  Well, for starters, we’ve got the talented solo stylings of Amber Ladd, who has been hard at work to bring all new tunes to the stage. Amber has got the kinda pipes that will stun you into watching from the first note, until you’re shocked to realize “oh my, it’s over already”. Not to be missed. We’re also happy as heck (can’t you see the grins on our beaks), to be playing with our good pals, The Defused. These guys/gal are super fun to hang and play with. Their tunes are danceable, their beats are driving, their melodies catchy enough that we take ‘em home to the nest to sing our own lullabies. Lastly we’re joined by Rinse, Repeat who we can’t wait to meet and see live! Welcome in the Spring with Easter treats (freebies, cash prizes, and an egg hunt!), and set your sights on a date with rock and roll this Saturday at Shady Katie’s in Somerdale, NJ. See you then—support local music!


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