This comes on stunning half black and white vinyl. Also includes free digital download of album. 140 gram vinyl encased in a beautiful reverse board jacket, with a nice lyric sheet inside. It's been said many times, 'it's not the destination, it's the journey,' and nothing could be truer for Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Barry Brusseau, who spent twenty years playing everything from metal to hardcore punk, with fifteen of those years spent touring in the pop-punk band The Jimmies, who signed to Lookout! Records before eventually disbanding. That journey lead to Brusseau's complete one-eighty with the release of his debut solo album, A Night Goes Through, released exclusively on vinyl and digitally. Following it up with an EP on CD with handmade packaging, Brusseau is ready to return with his sophomore full-length, the stark, folk-based Royal Violent Birds. 'I'm very insecure about the imperfections of my voice, and spend lots of time beating myself down about it. I'm feeling accepting and much more confident on this album, though. American Idol, I'm not coming. But, I'm proud of this album,' he says with both joy and laughter in his voice. 'I wanted it to feel a little more like a David Lynch ride, artful creepiness and soothing hypnotics. This is closer to the live show.' For the next two years, he put $50.00 away from every pay check, saving up enough money to record at Portland's Type Foundry Studio with Adam Selzer. Instead of the loudness of his other projects, Brusseau went in an opposite direction, using the subtleness of an acoustic guitar and the tenderness of his baritone and created real personal and heart warming music, music that cut straight through any fabrications or fluff, sounding as raw and immediate as it did in his bedroom. 'I would make demos of [these songs] on my four track, and play them back for my wife,' recalls Brusseau of how A Night Goes Through eventually came to life. 'She encouraged me. [She said] I should try and just do this myself. I set myself up with some voice lessons, and started the horrifying journey of getting out in front of people and playing open mics.' Brusseau had found a new sound for himself, no longer hiding behind loud guitars, the nakedness is all that appealed to him. 'It's minimal in instrumentation and big on heart. It's personal and intimate,' he says, describing his style of atmospheric indie-folk. He played out as often around town as he could, always around his work schedule ('I'm a simple laborer for a living,' he says), and continued to write songs. He followed up A Night Goes Through with a limited edition EP, all while beginning to work and save up to release another full-length on vinyl, which would become The Royal Violent Birds. The title comes from Brusseau contemplating band names while passing the time at work. It would eventually become the album's title track. 'During work one day I was contemplating band names. I just dig the word 'royal,' so I started there,' he recalls. 'The work I do gives me a lot of time to brainstorm. 'Violent' is another impactful word, and I liked the two together. I thought it should be softened at the end so it came to rest as 'The Royal Violent Birds.' A band title for a future project maybe? I just wrote it down, and let it rest.' He continues, 'One fine day at work I was standing next to this line of industrial battery chargers. There was a loud hum coming from this team of electric juicers. In the key of that droning note I started singing to myself. The melody and first verse of 'The Royal Violent Birds' just spilled out. As I worked I pulled my note book out regularly as the rest of the lyrics came very quick. It's about the unknown, and not being afraid. The violence and chaos of mother nature are good.' Whereas his debut was recorded completely analog, this time Brusseau entered Jackpot! Studios with renowned engineer Larry Crane to record digitally. 'On the first album I had the pleasure of working with Adam Selzer at Type Foundry Studios, and going all analog. This time I went to Jackpot! Studios to wo
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