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Active Bird Community

Active Bird Community is a Brooklyn-based band formed by members Tom D'Agustino, Zach Slater and Andrew Wolfson when they were in middle school. Over 10 years later, with the addition of Quinn McGovern on drums, Active Bird Community continues to enliven the stage with their sprightly slacker vibes reminiscent of 90's indie rock. While ABC was young and experimenting with their sound, early listeners sensed something teeming beneath the surface. In the years since, they've released 3 full-length albums and played hundreds of shows to adoring fans and delighted newcomers alike. In that time, their sound has gone under numerous revisions — not out of necessity but out of a tacit refusal to stagnate or sound like anything else. As the members matured, fell in (and out) of love, moved around and made their own way, the lyrics and arrangements of each song reflected both the harmony and the discord that comes with growing up in New York. Though as anyone who's seen them live can tell you, their music is so infectious you can't help but lose yourself right along with them.

Active Bird Community "Sweaty Lake" video

Active Bird Community shared their video for "Sweaty Lake," from their new album and Barsuk debut, Amends, out worldwide on Friday, September 14. CLASH premiered the off the wall, DIY-style clip, calling it "a smash hit from another dimension." Director Nick D'Agostino – who also collaborated with the band on their video for album track "Baby It's You" – explains its inspiration: "For a song that leans heavily on the notion of breaking old habits and embracing something new, we really wanted the 'Sweaty Lake' video to feel familiar but not without an interesting twist. So we started with something so familiar to them, like all the time spent practicing in their small Bushwick studio, and decided to shine a new light on it. We weren't even sure what we were going for when I stumbled into the pitch black with nothing more than a mini DVD camcorder and a flashlight, but in the end, not worrying about it and jumping in head-first ended up being the best part." Watch now via YouTube here.

Active Bird Community will kick off an expansive North American headlining tour this fall, beginning with a hometown Brooklyn show at Rough Trade on September 27 and including stops in Chicago on October 2 and Los Angeles on October 19. The tour will wrap on November 3 in Pittsburgh. Tour dates can be found here. 12 Sep 2018

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upcoming shows

28 Dec  

Holyoke MA  @ Gateway City Arts

29 Dec  

Portsmouth NH  @ 3S Art Space

30 Dec  

Brooklyn NY  @ Rough Trade

31 Dec  

Brooklyn NY  @ Rough Trade

22 Jan  

Glasgow UNITED KINGDOM  @ Stereo

23 Jan  

Manchester UNITED KINGDOM  @ Deaf Institute

24 Jan  

London UNITED KINGDOM  @ Boston Music Room

25 Jan  

Brighton UNITED KINGDOM  @ Hope & Ruin

26 Jan  

Birmingham UNITED KINGDOM  @ Sunflower Lounge

28 Jan  

Paris FRANCE  @ Pop Up du Label