The Metal Byrds reach new heights on their driving new indie-rock single Stop Motion — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Taken from their most recent EP Moments Before Sunrise, the track sees the hard-working Houston band furthering their commitment to irresistible songcraft that doesn’t sacrifice an ounce of power in its quest for the ultimate singalong. Guitarist Sly Rye peels off some Hendrixian pyrotechnics while bassist Mac Jacob and drummer Charlie “Breeze” Janto hammer out a relentless, propulsive rhythm. Over the top of it all, vocalist Suzanne Birdie applies classic-rock grunge influences to an aggressive earworm melody that’s as infectious as the urgent lyric that accompanies it:
“Stop motion, non-stop commotion
The world’s spinning without emotion
Stop motion, non-stop commotion
You move me.”
Interestingly, the song was inspired by a colourful character guitarist Rye once knew who made his home in a self-storage container. One of his misadventures entitled driving to Texas at 90 miles an hour “loaded up on gold liquid” and, once he reached his destination, jumping out of the still-moving car. “You meet a lot of interesting people when you’re in a band,” the group note drily.
The video for the song is just as frenzied, with epilepsy-defying flashes of light illuminating Birdie and company as they literally leap for the sky. “Jumping and twirling and throwing instruments around was the best time we ever could’ve had shooting a video,” they report.
Moments Before Sunrise is the sixth EP album the group has released since Birdie and Rye formed a musical partnership and friendship in 2018. (Jacob and Janto completed the lineup four years later.) “We’re not the typical cookie-cutter-sounding rock band, and if you listen closely, you’ll hear a sound like none other,” the group promise.