After 5 years and countless self-released tapes and CDs, Megabog - the brainchild of songwriter Erin Birgy - has completed their debut album and best work to date; a swirling pop cloud called Gone Banana. Today we are pleased to share the first cut from the album, lead single "Year of Patience".
pening with an exuberant burst of saxophone, "Year of Patience" blooms triumphantly into a bold and effervescent jazz-rock infused pop song, indicative of the joyous declaration of artistic independence and purpose that weaves its way throughout Gone Banana.
Starting today, the band will also be heading out on the road for a mini-tour with Sheer Agony. Check the dates below.
07/16 - Montreal, QC - Brasserie Beaubien*
07/22 - Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub*
07/25 - Halifax, NS - New Khyber*
08/13 - Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn*
08/15 - Seattle, WA - Fusion Cafe*
08/16 - Seattle, WA - Renezvous*
Gone Banana Tracklisting
1. Intro (Bird Bridge)
3. Goobie Krishna
4. Cologne in the Night
5. Wet Moss
6. Gone Banana
7. Year of Patience
9. TP - 89 (edit)
10. Lady Rachel (by Kevin Ayers)
Due out September 23rd via Seattle's Couple Skate, Banana influenced equally by the emotional psychedelia of Kevin Ayers and the pop whimsy of Steely Dan, is the story of a chronic goofball insisting on being taken seriously. A celebration of melancholy; using music to force yourself off the floor when you hit the bottom. Birgy is an enigmatic musician and a true weirdo - Megabog changes lineups and configurations faster than most musicians change clothes.
Alternately a tender songwriting project, a blazin-hot jazz-rock combo, or an open forum for goofy one offs and fragile experimentation, it is ultimately whatever Birgy wants it to be on a given day. For 'Banana' she has gathered a loose group from Seattle's thriving experimental pop and improvised music scene, including members of local mainstays like Neighbors and Iji, along with hotshot sax guy Jacob Zimmerman. Sounding equal parts Ariel Pink and Prefab Sprout, they rip through 9 hazy burners with a sneaky tightness hidden behind layers of drizzle and reverb. Birgy's rich voice croons and bends around the shifting walls of sound, organizing and refocusing the swirl. Representing a unique moment in Birgy's songwriting and a budding maturation for a bouncy community of oddball pop addicts, 'Gone Banana' is an immersive listening experience and a peek into the life of a truly strange soul.
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