by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com
Look, I know who The Derby Birds are. I’m asking if you know who they are.
The Derby Birds are Tony Bonacci (ex-Hyannis) – vocals, guitar, keys, percussion; Gabriel “Tonko” Burkum – upright bass, electric bass guitar; Michael Hulstein – lead electric guitar, and Jon Seevers – drums.
I know this because I got an email out of the blue from Bonacci with a link to this band’s 13-track debut, available here on Bandcamp. Other than that, I haven’t seen this recording or this band mentioned anywhere. I mean anywhere. If they’ve played out somewhere it’s news to me.
So, unless you know Tony or any of the other members of the band, there’s no reason you should have heard of The Derby Birds. And that’s a shame because the record is pretty good. Bonacci has never sounded better, and the music is (for the most part) upbeat and fun, though it can become a bit overwhelming taken in all at once. The tracks fit in well when they show up in “shuffle mode” with the rest of my 2nd Quarter playlist. Check out the embed at the bottom of this post.
Anyway, it brings up the whole question of why a band would create a recording and then not promote it. Maybe Tony sent this link to all the local writers and they all just ignored it or didn’t get around to listening to it (I’m told Omahype mentioned it).
Why not play live? Is there a reason why The Derby Birds aren’t playing the occasional showcase? Only Tony (and the rest of the band) can say for sure.
We live in a digital era where, if you have the equipment, talent and know-how, you can put out your own stuff, but that doesn’t mean anyone will listen to it…
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