Rising from the ashes of the much-loved Lunchbox, which released a string of critically-acclaimed albums in the late-1990s/early 2000s on the seminal Portland, Oregon-based indie label Magic Marker Records, Birds of California played their debut set at the 2009 San Francisco Popfest.
By turns spacey and sunshiny, their fuzzed-out, horn-driven sound is equal parts shoe-gaze, mod-pop and “Pet Sounds.” Fronted by former Lunchbox members Tim Brown and Donna McKean, the band features veteran indiepopper Stewart Anderson (Boyracer) on drums. Ron Mckean, Amr Toppozada, and Jeremy Goody round out the six-piece.
All songs were recorded and mixed by Tim Brown, Stewart Anderson and Jeremy Goody at The Cave of Anti-Matter in Roslindale, Massachusetts, The Desert Redoubt in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Megasonic Sound in Oakland, California.
“The three songs … on the Birds’ side from ex-Lunchbox personnel engagingly intertwine reverb, indie jangle and spirited brass in a way that takes its cue from Lunchbox’s “Summer’s Over” mini-album but which takes it a little further, giving it a spacey, even dubby vibe.” — In Love With These Times, in Spite Of These Times, January 2010 (review of split 7” with Kristin Mess on 555 Recordings).