The lead vocalists of Birdtalker are eager to discuss their latest album, even though they find themselves in the most inspired indie location of all time.
“Right now we’re in the parking lot of an auto parts store in Boulder, Colorado,” said Zack Green, who founded the group with his wife, Dani.
Van issues aside, the band find themselves navigating small venues on their The Tides tour. As the five members of Birdtalker (the Greens, plus drummer Andy Hubright, guitarist and mandolin player Brian Seligman, and bassist Jesse Baker) make their way across the west and into Canada, the sane group finds appreciation. and support wherever it lands to play.
Felton Music Hall opens to the quintet on November 5, and the Greens are ready to bring their indie-folk vibe to the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The band’s easy harmonies and catchy lyrics evoke elements of other like-minded artists: Plain White T’s, Goo Goo Dolls, Mumford & Sons and a bit of Tyler Childers take a look at their music. While not yet mainstream, the group seems well positioned to catch fire in the coming months, and they are happy with the direction they are taking.
The Greens met in Nashville, where Zack attended high school. “My mother had a little classical guitar which I bought and which became my first friend in town. It’s hard to break into the hierarchy of a private Christian school, ”Zack said.
He met Dani after graduation and they bonded around their mutual love for songs. After their marriage, Zack began to write, Dani began to help, and a few months later mutual friends encouraged them to put their talents on the road.
“Neither Zack nor I had the ambition to start a band, so I don’t think we would be where we are right now without the guidance and support from our friends,” Dani said. “We were shy and it took a lot of encouragement to put things together. ”
Zack points out the band’s diverse musical tastes and suggests that Dr. Dog, a Philly-based band, was a sound the Birdtalkers could rally behind.
“Their music makes me excited and makes me want to create more,” Dani said. Zack agreed. “We are just trying to capture the feelings that we have felt and create an emotional and energetic experience for others. We look at each other and smile, and it’s nice for us to work together.
Zack’s road to Birdtalker was paved with a number of odd jobs, including a cult pastor, while Dani spent years teaching yoga. This shared sense of spirituality is rooted in their music, although there is no religious bent in their songs.
“It sounds like a really magical thing that you can do now” [name] noted. “The music comes out of your mind and plunges you into a moment. I can feel this happening in our shows, and I appreciate everyone who comes to share this reality that we are co-creating together. “
Given the state of the pandemic, Covid precautions for all shows are at the forefront for the group. They disguise themselves as they walk in and out for performances and feel safe on stage.
“We still feel connected to people and have started selling our own wares so that we can interact with others,” Zack said.
This is the group’s third full tour, and the record Birdtalker is promoting is their eponymous debut project; this is especially important for Dani.
“This is the first time that we have felt that we have found our place and that we have a better idea of ourselves as a group,” she said. “We made all of the music during the pandemic so it was a great experience for us as a band to create it together, but we feel the sense of separation and isolation that everyone has. Now being in a room with other people, connecting around a shared musical experience, is a blessing. “
Come make your own connection with Birdtalker at Felton Music Hall on Friday, November 5 at 8 p.m. All participants must have proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the show. Tickets are available on feutremusichall.com.