Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news and Real Midnight, the band’s poignant new Joe Henry produced album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic.
Beehive Productions sat down with husband and wife JT Nero and Allison Russell to talk about their band origins, songwriting and what fuels their creative inspiration. Featuring songs from their 2016 release Real Midnight. Filmed live in Kansas City, MO – February, 2016.