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No Birds

No Birds began August, 2003 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (originally named "It Will Clearly Be A Pyramid").  Their first timid public appearance was in an echo-y community hall, opening for local punk-rock bands.  They were flabbergasted when people approached with compliments after their set, and when Steve Reed of Teargas Recording Tree expressed interest in recording their material, they decided to stick together and make more music.

Since then, they have played with many notable Canadian and international bands and musicians such as Clann Zu, Sea Ray, A Northern Chorus, Fractal Pattern, The Faunts, All Purpose Voltage Heroes, The Absent Sound, Blood Music, Mahogany Frog, Holzkopf, and Maybe Smith.  They sold over 200 copies of their first release, 'Don't rely on dying young,' in Saskatoon and have found wider distribution for their second album, 'Flowers', during a cross-Canada tour in August, 2005.  'Flowers' was released in early July with the help of Teargas Recording Tree.

No Birds, alphabetically:

Toby Bond - viola / Charlotte Dykes - horn / Mitch Grier - alto saxophone / Will Kaufhold - guitar, trombone, violin / Ali Lake - drums, glockenspiel, vocals / Ian Potts - guitar, trumpet / Adrienne Tastad - violin, accordion / Robin Wilson - cello / Nathan Young - drums, percussion / Mehta Youngs - bass



Don't Rely On Dying Young

(out of print)

Debut album from Saskatoon's newest and most promising post-rockers in the vein of Silver Mt. Zion and Rachels. Their lineup consists of: Adrienne Tastad (violin), Robin Wilson (cello), Mehta Youngs (bass, arrangements), Ali Lake (drums), Will Kaufhold (guitar, violin, trombone), Ian Potts (guitar, trumpet), and Mitch Grier (sax).


'Flowers' is an album of pyschedelic pop music by No Birds, a ten-piece instrumental ensemble from Saskatoon. We spent nine months at the robot homestead recording & mixing with Steve Reed to make 'Flowers' at the same time we performed regularly, gradually shifting toward a more free approach to rhythm while maintaining our focus on simple tunes.

The album is organized so that tracks often use entirely different instrumentation. Featured instruments inlcude guitars, drums/percussion, saxophone, 'cello, viola, violin, double bass, accordion, piano, trombone, French horn, glockenspiel, field recordings, pump organ, and electronically manipulated sub-bass harmonics.



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