Date: January 9th 2013
Station: Lorimer G Line
From what I could hear at the other end of the station, it was a folksy 3-part harmony trio. And beneath their warm vocals, delicate pings of a xylophone ricocheted off the surrounding cement-and-concrete.
I clamored up and swung around three flights of stairs to the other side of the tracks, to meet Bird Courage.
Erik Meier, Samuel Saffery and Sean McMahon—on acoustic guitars and that xylophone—played a few entrancing covers of Stars and their own songs (during which a passerby mistook them for Fleet Foxes).
Their breezy sound gave testament to all that’s great about folk music: Not everyone can do it, but tuned tightly and sung from the gut, it feels unabashed, genuine, and you can’t shake it after the jam-shut of subway doors.
Silky vocals, a xylophone, and three heads of dred-able locks motivated this sloth-like writer to get up-and-stalking. And after some slap-dash internet due diligence, I present to you my intel on Bird Courage:
Upcoming Local Show: at the Paper Box in Brooklyn January 24
Site (with new albums for purchase)
Chipin (to raise money for a forthcoming tour)
And lastly, a free download of their cover of Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Stars) available here:
*You’ll like them if you’re into: Fleet Foxes, Imagine Dragons, Stars, Sigur Ros