Active Bird Community today debuted their video for ‘Baby It’s You’, the second song released from their new album and Barsuk Records debut, Amends. The lighthearted Nick D’Agostino-directed clip can be seen now HERE.
Amends will be released on 26th October 2018 via Barsuk Records and is available for pre-order HERE.
“‘Baby It’s You’ is a song about love. But I think the song leaves me with more than just an ‘I’m in love’ feeling and more of a feeling of confidence that comes from loving yourself,” explains singer/guitarist Andrew Wolfson. “I think it’s reciprocal: confidence comes from self-love but it also takes confidence to love yourself. This pop star character Nick D’Agostino and I created in the video has all the confidence in the world and it felt great being that hero for a day.”
‘Amends’ dwells in the intricacies of relationships — broken bonds between friends, family, and lovers — and hoping to heal. A contemplation on loss and forgiveness, the album volleys between the perspectives of D’Agustino and co-songwriter/lead guitarist Andrew Wolfson. “We’ve both written for the records before,” Wolfson says. “But on Stick Around it felt like Tom’s voice was the protagonist and mine was the narrator.”
D’Agustino’s anxious search for maturity was countered by Wolfson’s hesitation to stop and absorb the world around them. A similar step-ball-change of action and commentary drives ‘Amends’ forward, only this time specific memories are unpacked, and the past is explored and confronted rather than avoided.
The 11 tracks deal with universal themes including the tension of family, loss, and learning to move on without resentment (“Amends,” “Lighthouse”), breakups (“Unwind With Me”), anxieties (“Downstairs”), and hope for the future (“Silver Screen”). As a whole, ‘Amends’ represents Active Bird Community’s efforts to contend honestly with the pain of their experiences and explore the empowering nature of forgiveness.
Active Bird Community’s 2017 album, ‘Stick Around’, was self-released last year and hailed as “a scrappy punk slugfest rife with immediate post-college struggles” (Billboard), and “superb…full of addicting cuts” (Earmilk). The band — who have been playing together since middle school — recently played a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory as part of Northside Festival, have toured with artists including Cymbals Eat Guitars and We Were Promised Jetpacks, and performed at festivals including Panorama and Audiotree.