Adam Bird, formerly of Those Mockingbirds, has gone solo as A Bird and dropped a single last week, released by Mint 400 Records. “Polluto” is the first of the string of 2017 releases Bird teased in his interview with N.J Racket in February, and dudes, it’s pretty killer.
With an almost bluesy rock intensity behind him, Bird sings with raw emotion, “I don’t care, I’m never giving up/Starting over is still starting somewhere.” This song strikes me as anthemic, as a declaration, as the mission statement for the music we will see from A Bird. Between the slamming riff, the shrieking synth, the droning guitar over the chorus, and the piano that comes in adding a sense of urgency above the rest, this track gives so much energy and makes a powerful first impression.
Bird has said of the track, “I wanted to write this song as my own personal anthem of reminding myself to stop worrying about everyone else’s opinions to the detriment of my own.” It would seem as that mission has been a huge success as he has truly broken the mold of his previous releases with this premier solo work. A statement has been made that A Bird is back with a whole new bag of tricks, and the local scene has already taken notice. This is an artist who is going to excel doing whatever he wants, and we at N.J. Racket are pumped to hear what comes next from him.
Carrie is N.J. Racket's copy editor and contributor of many album and EP reviews. She also has a puppy named Halo and loves Mac N Cheese.