Active Bird Community share video for new single ‘Sweaty Lake’
New album ‘Amends’ due out 26th October via Barsuk Records
Active Bird Community have shared their new single ‘Sweaty Lake’, which is taken from their forthcoming album and Barsuk Records debut, Amends. CLASH premiered the video describing it as “Off piste and defiantly surreal” before going on to say, “it somehow hangs together remarkably well, like a smash hit from an alternative dimension.”
Speaking about the new single the band, says “It’s a list of won’ts. A motivational speech telling myself to not let good days become bad days. I feel like I spend so much time waiting for something to happen, waiting for something to throw my life right into place. Needless to say, life doesn’t work like that. Sometimes battling complacency is refusing to sit to still, pushing through mundanity. It’s an active force – this song tries to capture those qualities that I aspire to have in daily life…”
This is the third single to be released from the bands forthcoming album, following on from their recent Nick D’Agostino-directed video for ‘Baby It’s You’, which was released last week and can be seen HERE. The band also recently released their first single from the album, ‘Unwind With Me’, along with a claustrophobic and cathartic video filmed in the back of a moving truck (also directed by D’Agostino), which can be seen HERE.
Recently signed to Barsuk (Death Cab For Cutie, Charly Bliss, Rilo Kiley and more), the band — who have been playing together since middle school — have previously toured with the likes of Cymbals Eat Guitars, We Were Promised Jetpacks and more, and have already seen significant support from the likes of Billboard, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Audiotree and more for their distinct brand of indie-rock.There’s lyrical depth to their output and their music is brutally honest, but not without being completely infectious.
‘Amends’ dwells in the intricacies of relationships — broken bonds between friends, family, and lovers — and hoping to heal. A contemplation on loss and forgiveness, the album volleys between the perspectives of D’Agustino and co-songwriter/lead guitarist Andrew Wolfson. “We’ve both written for the records before,” Wolfson says. “But on Stick Around it felt like Tom’s voice was the protagonist and mine was the narrator.” D’Agustino’s anxious search for maturity was countered by Wolfson’s hesitation to stop and absorb the world around them. A similar step-ball-change of action and commentary drives ‘Amends’ forward, only this time specific memories are unpacked, and the past is explored and confronted rather than avoided.
The 11 tracks deal with universal themes including the tension of family, loss, and learning to move on without resentment (“Amends,” “Lighthouse”), breakups (“Unwind With Me”), anxieties (“Downstairs”), and hope for the future (“Silver Screen”). As a whole, ‘Amends’ represents Active Bird Community’s efforts to contend honestly with the pain of their experiences and explore the empowering nature of forgiveness.
Amends will be released on 26th October 2018 via Barsuk Records and is available for pre-order HERE. The band will also tour North America in support of the release – a full list of dates and more info can be found HERE.