Newly announced Equal Vision Records signees A Lot Like Birds and fellow California-based labelmates I the Mighty have both been announced as support on the 2012 Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour, which will be headlined by Dance Gavin Dance.
I the Mighty has also revealed that next week they will begin recording their debut full-length album, with producer Erik Ron (Saosin, Foxy Shazam, Panic! at the Disco) in Los Angeles, CA. The band’s recently released EP, Karma Never Sleeps, was also recorded with Ron. The EP received a perfect rating, of five out of five, from Alter The Press that detailed, “Fans of anyone from Thrice to Coheed & Cambria, from Say Anything to Muse will appreciate the musicality of I the Mighty. The EP is a complete knock out, Brent Walsh’s vocals are stunning and it’s a refreshing listen…’Dancing on A Tightrope’ is as arresting as it is musically infallible. However, it is infectious centerpiece, ‘Cutting Room Floor’, that really stands above the rest and has hit written all over it - an intelligent, perfectly poetic masterpiece.”
Overseas, Rock Sound Magazine also praised I the Mighty, writing that the EP “…matches soaring hook laden vocal melodies with rich rhythms and spiraling guitars that are equal parts throatily riffling and atmospheric…the main secret to the success here is the strength of the actual material - each and every song is a muscular slice of hook-laden-alt-pop,” and noting that the lyrical concepts of karma throughout “…only adds a further layer of intrigue to what is a highly assured and brilliantly conceived EP.”
I the Mighty’s music video for “Dancing On A Tightrope” debuted earlier this year on MTV.com and was later featured on E! News. The indie rock quartet was also named one of the ‘100 Bands You Need To Know In 2012’ by Alternative Press Magazine.
Standing at the forefront of Sacramento, CA’s A Lot Like Birds are duel vocalists, Cory Lockwood and Kurt Travis, who seamlessly intertwine, layer and harmonize, while interchanging singing, screaming and spoken word duties. Guiding the melodies along with the alternating of intricate riffs and airy, ambient wails are guitarists Michael Franzino and Ben Wiacek, as well as the flowing rhythms of bassist Michael “Butter” Littlefield and drummer Joe Arrington.
In Fall 2011, A Lot Like Birds released Conversation Piece, the band’s sophomore effort and first release with the current six-piece lineup. The eleven track album was recorded at Interlace Audio Recording Studio in Portland, OR with producer Kris Crummet [Closure In Moscow, Fear Before, Dance Gavin Dance]. Conversation Piece features poetically delivered and emotionally driven lyrics powered by compelling duel vocals, with an emphasis on solid song structure and storytelling. The band will soon begin the writing process for their debut Equal Vision release, with tentative plan to enter the studio in early 2013.
Joining Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty for the tour will be Hail The Sun and the Orphan, the Poet.
Rock Yourself To Sleep 2012