The last time we covered The Mynabirds, we longed to hear this band in a less acoustic venue than Swedish American Music Hall. Tuesday June 7th, we get our wish as the band headlines The Chapel in the Mission. Anthemic, powerful, sincere and ridiculously gorgeous music comes from this band – led by Laura Burhenn who, among other things, has toured as a member of Bright Eyes. After stumbling upon the band covering a Thao Nguyen Noisepop show a few years back, I have become a disciple. In fact, it is difficult to write a static review that will just sit on this blog page. If I could, I would reach through your screen and stare intensely (but kindly) into your eyes until you agree to clear your schedule and get down to this show.
The Omaha, Nebraska based band – on Saddle Creek Records – covers a lot of musical territory in the course of a set. Indie-pop at its core, The Mynabirds quote from folk, classic rock, electronic and mainstream pop style with ease. You will think of Jenny Lewis, My Bloody Valentine, Jefferson Airplane, Kate Bush, early Rolling Stones, Patty Griffin. And you will likely be drawn in by Burhenn’s immense talent and a generous and warm performance.
The show is presented by (((folkYEAH!))) & the Huichica Festival, where the band will play a few days later in Sonoma, after a 6/8 show at the Henry Miller Library. As if this band alone were not enough awesome, local greats Foxtails Brigade open the night. Tickets are here.
Below is the most recent album Lovers Know, released in 2015. If you make it to the show, let us know what you think.
Preview by Annie Bacon / @anniebacon