Mar 17, 2011


One of the questions we've been getting the most of lately is "Who is playing at our RSD2011 party?" - and while we're not ready to unveil our full line-up just yet, we're going to feature some of our musical guests here on the blog this week. Kind of a sneak peek for those of you paying attention.

For this first feature we'd like to highlight the incredible BIRTHQUAKE!

We are super excited to have this band playing our big event. This band of brothers loves record stores and music and parties as much all of us here at Slowtrain. Which means we're pretty much a match made in heaven.

Check out what Ryan Hall and our good friends at Tome To The Weather Machine have to say about Birthquake.

Rejoice The Noise (Kilby Records, 12.09)

If there is one album that has consistently been the most enjoyable experience in backtracking (still much more to come) it has been Rejoice The Noise by SLC locals the Brothers Whittaker. Every virtuosic move is expertly calculated to simultaneously put a smile on your face and flip your lid (if flip your lid translates to the physical act of being totally impressed). To bring you up to speed Birthquake is comprised of three brothers who play blistering math-tinged post-rock in the vein of The F’ing Champs, Hella and A Minor Forest but with occasional woodwind accompaniment by Mark Herrera. Living in a day where huge emotional payoffs are manufactured by the most inorganic methods thinkable it is truly refreshing to be blown away by something as primitive as drums, bass, and a killer guitar solo. The excesses of a finger-tapped guitar solo, precision timed hand-claps, whistles, hell-on-wheels time changes all point to one end, celebration. Or revelry. Or rejoicing. This trifecta of fraternal familiarity is underwritten in the very fabric of the sound, as if each members internal clock is inherently understood by the other; this awareness provides for an album with nary a wasted moment. I can’t believe I have gotten this far without mentioning Mark Herrera’s incredible woodwind contributions. His tenor sax on “Farewell, Fare Thee Well, Well “ shreds like the Eighties never happened. Absolutely top-notch stuff.

Ryan H.

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