There is a rich history of first-rate musicians in almost every genre emanating from the Atlanta area and you can add rockers Radio Birds to that ever-growing list. The four-piece make a blistering full-length debut with “Contemporary American Slang,” an eclectic gathering of 11 rollicking Southern-tinged rock tunes that should help the Birds generate some fans outside of the Southeast.
Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Justin Keller, guitarist Jaz Dixon, vocalist/bassist Chase Lamondo and drummer Colin Dean, the band members bring a variety of musical backgrounds to the table. And they all meld together to create a sound all their own.
“Jaz grew up playing bluegrass, Chase had been playing with a hardcore band called Whoremouth when he started with us,” Keller explains. “I grew up listening to James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel and was really chasing the singer/songwriter path, and I’m pretty sure Colin has played just about everything under the sun.”
After starting as JK & The Lost Boys, the guys tweaked their lineup, changed their name and their look and took flight as Radio Birds. They released an EP in 2013, but really come into their own on this 11-track release. Among the standout cuts here are “Hold on Me,” “The Beast,” “Dirty Rags,” “Miss Ilene” and “Red Wine, Hard Liquor.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)