Back in July, Detroit two-piece rock outfit The Messenger Birds released “Big Brother” as the lead single from their upcoming sophomore record, The Good Years. Now they’ve offered up a stream of the entire EP ahead of its release this Saturday.
Album artwork by Kimberly Rose Tomlin.
To open the record, it’s just vocalist Parker Bengry and his guitar on “Pay No Mind.” This rugged tune sets the tone for what’s to come on the rest of the EP. Moving into the title track and “Big Brother,” drummer Christopher Williams joins in and the two begin to really shine as a duo. Their brand of blues rock is substantive, the level of charisma these two demonstrate is rare for such a fledgling band. “Everybody Knows It” cranks up the grit and fuzz to go out with a bang.
The Good Years is essentially a call to action. You can remain complacent to the turmoil in your life, or you can challenge it and rise above it. It’s your choice to live out the good years.
The Messenger Birds are slated to play this year’s Detroit Duo Fest at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, accompanied by The Kickstand Band, Rogue Satellites, Tart, YUM, and others. This show serves as the release party for The Good Years, so if you liked what you heard above, mark your calendar to come celebrate with them.