Review by Brett Pike
As far as monikers go, these guys have got it right. The Birds is the second EP from the quartet The Monikers following their debut release Mine late last year. Eight months worth of studio time, recording, mixing and mastering leading into last months launch party at Jive alongside Emily Davis and the Rising Tides, Pink Noise Generator and Mackenzie.
A cruisy, easy listening indie rock product filled with smooth bass lines and similarly smooth vocals. The Birds opens with the funky EP titled track The Birds and from there piece by piece strips things back until reaching the penultimate track Through The Night which appears more folk rock/pop than the record started.
Altogether, it appears the band is still is working on themselves, on finding their own niche sound. The Birds is a fine product without completely wowing the listener, having enough core elements there for the band to really hit their straps. This will only come with more shows, more recordings with all components heading in the same direction.
The Monikers are playing a show this Thursday night at the Crown and Sceptre for those interested, you can check out The Birds and other tracks on bandcamp if you like what you're hearing.