Well, we’d like to start out by thanking everyone who came out to Big Shots in Burlington, NJ, as we played our first full-length acoustic set last Saturday (11/16). We had a fantastic time, and felt lucky to play first, so we could kick back and roost while The Defused, The Lost Will Follow, and The Mainestreet Band (brothers) rocked us deep into the (“acousticky”) night. The jams were chiller, the sound less-deafening, but the rock was still present in high spirits. I’ve always believed if you can’t rock it acoustic, in some capacity, the song has flaws from a basic songwriting standpoint. I believe our acoustic set, featuring a percussive array of “what did he just play?”, courtesy of our multi-instrumental rhythm section, really helps to show off the raw spirit, and the true essence of MBOP’s meaning and message. I am proud that our songs seem to flex, and fly, and, well—just breath—separate from the boutique pedal shop we normally tap dance through in our regular, electric set (40+ band pedals and counting LOL).
Tonight we have practice in preparation for Tom and Jerry’s this Friday, 11/22. We are playing with recent, well deserved, WMMR artist of the month, The Good Excuses, and extremely excited to meet and see Mo Lowda and the Humble. It’s going to be a great evening, and we’re hoping to see many of your smiling faces. There will be a new, larger batch of MBOP Face Pins, due to popular demand. We ran out of the previous batch quickly at our last show. These are silly, free promotions. Keep on the lookout, as we’re planning to hold a “create the next MBOP pin” design contest (great for all you designers out there!).
What else has MBOP been up to you, you ask? The answer is: “A LOT!”.
Lyle and Carl (via The Spartan Tone) have been working with the very talented Amber Ladd, to assist with tracking the last of her vocal tracks for the pending new album, eleKtro. Can’t wait to hear the final product, and we think all ya’all should mark your calendars for 12/14 @ Dobbs for the official album release.
Lyle was in attendance at the first Gashouse Radio Open-Jam at Dobbs. It seems to have been a great success (unfortunately, I was not in attendance, keep reading to see why), based on the large number of pictures posted across the interwebs. Looks like it was an absolute blast. Lyle, would you like to interject here: SWELL, mighty SWELL my friends, so glad this was just the beginning!
Carl (that’s me!) and Jeff hit up Fishtown, and Kung Fu Necktie for Turning Violet Violet (possibly their last show, so sad—such a great band—we were lucky to play with them, previously, while in Mini Mammoth), and Elsinore. Elsinore came all the way out here from Champaign, IL on tour to support their new album (out now!), Push/Pull. They are a uniquely poppy blend of rock with many subtle, spacey elements, and vocals that range dynamically from loud to soft, while maintaining a beauty that feels pushed to just before the edge of shattering. Simply awesome stuff. They say they will be back here soon, hopefully this coming Spring 2014. Be sure to check them out, as they are NOT to be missed.
In case we don’t get to see you before the New Year, we would like to wish you all a Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and SAFE New Year, as we look forward to trimming our Thanksgiving turkeys (our less “manificent” breathren), and knocking back some beers at the pending Gashouse Christmas party. It’s ugly sweater weather time, people. Make with your favorite ugly sweater, be grateful for all that you have, and be sure to find something to be hopeful about, as you look towards 2014.
2013 has been very good to Magnificent Birds of Prey, but this is just the beginning. We have things in the works for new merch, new songs, new recordings, and more shows. Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the skies, because THESE birds do NOT fly south for the Winter.
MBOP ~ Carl J. Kunz Jr.
The leaves are falling, a crispness is tinging the air, and the MBOP Family Extravaganza is in our rearview—with much fun had by all. What else have Magnificent Birds of Prey been up to lately? We are so glad that you asked—we have this spooktacular update for what ails your post-candy coma, Halloween hangover.
Pre- Halloween we kicked things off proper and went to Gashouse Radio (one of our favorite hangouts), and were guests on Gashouse Live to promote CREEPFEST 1 at Shady Katie’s —hopefully some of you heard us. Thanks, as always, to Dustin and Jim for having us in to promote and hang.
We played the aforementioned gig, with friends Amber Ladd (now playing with Dustin “Bowie” Dellinger on guitar), The DeFused, and The Lost Will Follow (playing fire drill on the drums quite well, as they continue their search for a full-time drummer). Big thanks go out to Jennifer Hillier of Fallen Angel Booking and The Defused for booking/promoting/scheduling/organizing the event, which went off without a hitch. Additionally, we must send mad props and thanks to Ashley Guest of Break the Glass Photography, as she was busy snapping incredible action shots of all the creepy, crawly rock & roll action, until there was no more action to behold. CHECK OUT THE FANTASTIC PHOTO RECAPS, JUST CLICK BELOW! Thanks to all who came out and made this event successful. We hope to see many more of you out, as we continue to play with our friends in South Jersey over the remainder of 2013.
Creepfest Album 1 (Amber Ladd/The Defused)
Creepfest Album 2 (Magnificent Birds of Prey/The Lost Will Follow/everyone shots)
Let’s just pause a second. You don’t just get to play a Halloween show every year. It was nice to see all the bands, and many of the patrons, embracing the costume party theme—really buying into the evening of entertainment, booze, good times, and rock and roll. What’s not to love about this? We were thrilled to be included, and are grateful that some nights—such as Creepfest—everything falls into place like tumblers in a lock, resulting a hoot of an evening, and what are sure to be many fond memories.
Next up, we are playing on Saturday, November 16th at Big Shots Bar & Grill (835 U.S. 130, Burlington, NJ 08016). Happy to be taking the stage once more with The DeFused, The MaineStreet Band, and The Lost Will Follow. “Hey!” you say, “I’ve seen this lineup before at Final Score Bar and Grill!—what gives!?”. Well, here’s the curve-ball, guys and dolls (that’s sports player talk for a “twist”), this is a full-on acoustic show, marking the first such event for MBOP. While we have played short acoustic sets in the past (The Boneyard, Gashouse Live, Hebe), this will be our first time playing a full acoustic set list. We hope many of you will come out and enjoy the more subtle side of our personality, and really take advantage of the chance to hear the stripped down soul of Magnificent Birds of Prey.
We continue to promote our self-titled debut EP—limited physical CD copies are still availabe—with new tunes in the works. You might even hear one or two of ‘em at Big Shots. Boom—incentive! Come on out and say “I heard it first!” We’re also pretty stoked to have been nominated for “Best Non-Local Indie Act of 2013” as part of the 4th Elephant Talk Indie Music Awards. Please vote for us by tagging us, or entering our name (you can do this daily) as your choice for “Non Local Indie” in the link below. So get out there and vote, people!
VOTE CLICK HERE and name MBOP for non local indie.
Be sure to bookmark our website, subscribe to our mailing list, and “Like” or “Follow” us on all your favorite social media sites, so you are kept abreast of all things MBOP, as we march towards 2014 with big, brimming grins on our faces. We are grateful for all of the support in this, our first full year of public existence, and are thankful for all the friends, family, and fans who have supported us thus far, and hope you will all keep walking along this path with us.
One last matter of business—be sure to mark your calendars for 11/22 @ Tom & Jerry’s in Folsom, PA. This is our last show in PA for 2013, and we’ll be playing with recent WMMR “Band of the Month” The Good Excuses. Let me guess, you’re kinda a little hot and bothered now. It’s okay, the update is over, you’re free to go smoke a cigarette, or take a cold shower, or get a breath of fresh air.
Keep on supporting local music!—we hope to see you soon.
(Photo Credit: 28Rose Photography)
We would first like to thank Finnigan’s Wake for helping make Carl’s birthday bash a fun evening of rock and roll, full of friends, family, cake and rock. We would especially like to thank Silver Skies, Amber Ladd, and The Lost Will Follow for playing with us, as well as everyone who came out, continuing to support us, as we continue to promote our debut EP. The night was filled with great memories and absolutely one we won’t forget.
Speaking of our debut EP—we now have another limited run of 50 (51-100), of the self-titled MBOP physical CD, with artwork courtesy of Philly-area rocker and artist, Scott Patrick McBride, available at shows.
Thanks to all who purchased some of our new merch, as this was the first time that we were offering our sapphire blue shirts, designed by our own bassist, JM Hash, as well as our live DVD, packaging design by drummer, Joel Adams. The t-shirt features a black bird in flight, with the band name displayed underneath. We even have a few women’s tank tops left, and we figure we’re probably going to have to order more as we are down to two remaining.
The new DVD is also available and the design is styled after the Who’s “Live at Leeds”, paying homage to the fact that simplicity is often the best design choice. This live DVD contains the entire MBOP set from our date at World Cafe Live (7/5/13), and was filmed/recorded/mixed by Frame By Frame Media. Be sure to pick a live DVD up from us at a show sometime soon, as these are priced to sell at only $5.00, and we have a limited run of only 25. Big thanks to Clayton Foltz (bassist/TLWF) for purchasing hand-numbered DVD #1!
This last weekend Carl and Lyle got to rock out to John the Conqueror, Black Stars and East of the West at Dockside (9/14), enjoying yet another amazing Gravity Given Production. We can’t stress enough how fantastic the view, the staff and the sound is from this venue. Here’s to hoping we get to play there sometime, as it would be cool as hell to watch the bridge—the lights—the boats on the water, let alone all your smiling faces—as we rock out into the night. Speaking of rocking out!?—Roberto Chavez has a wireless mic now, and apparently is an absolute madman—in a good way—on stage. East of the West was insanely entertaining. Can’t wait to catch them again.
Keep an eye out, bird watchers, as we may be releasing another video shortly, to promote our upcoming gig:
with Little Miss Love Jones, Tru Souls, and our pals The DeFused, and The MaineStreet Band. While we are no stranger to playing with fellow Gashouse Radio Live retired champs, The DeFused, this will be our first time playing with fellow PMC (Philadelphia Music Coalition) members The MaineStreet Band, so that’s pretty exciting. We hope some of our friends from the northern ‘burbs, as well as Northeast Philly will descend upon Bensalem that evening, and help us make it memorable.
Please also mark your calendars for Krik Fest IV, in Langhorne, PA (10/12/13, all ages, 2pm), playing with Black Sun Rising, Red Letter Life, Disco Machine Gun, Fantastic Planet, and our pals The Lost Will Follow, and Suns of Krypton. We are excited to be included in a nice Fall festival, which kind of dulls the “end of the summer blues”, and eases us into the mood for hayrides, pumpkins and trick-or-treating.
So there you have it, our update for the month, as the late summer heads towards the rearview. Let’s keep on looking towards the future—more shows, more recording, more merch, and most importantly, more friends made, as we continue to enjoy this life that is rock and roll.
cheers to all of you, our fine, feathered fans.