By Ashley Morris
Wrongbird’s EP Who is Wrongbird? debuted towards the end of 2018 and the eclectic band just now released their music video for “Leap Year Birthday” a sunny rock tune on the album.“Leap Year Birthday”’s piano driven track is amplified by energetic percussion and guitar set in opposition with Eric Baker’s nonchalant, unassuming vocals and ambiguous, riddle-like lyrics.
“Leap Year Birthday” is a goofy satire complete with temper tantrums and a cake fight to finish. The video’s setting is a sunny park during a child’s birthday party, but the children are all adults, featuring members of the band. The cinematography is simplistic with a home video feel to it, adding a DIY touch. But the video itself is anything but simplistic, with multiple things going on: the “parents” watching the birthday party drinking near the presents, various “children” playing on the playground, and the birthday girl playing tag with frontman Eric Baker. The interesting idea of portraying children as adults adds an endearing, awkward whimsy to the composition.
The video depicts a zest for life, both its pitfalls and its high times, through the lens of childhood scrapes on a playground and making fun out of things going wrong. The idea that “life is strange, but it’s fun” drives Leap Year Birthday. The chorus “I’m standing here, up to my knees in the milky way/ thanking God for when he said “breathe in breathe out breathe in let’s call that life what do you say?”/ And all his people said okay/ you can’t stop me” reflects a punchy optimism mixed with childlike wonder of the music video.
Goofy and endearing, Wrongbird’s new video for “Leap Year Birthday” will make you smile with its optimism and silly cast of characters. A reminder never to take life for granted, but also, don’t take it too seriously.
In front of a tightly packed house, a spectacle of talent graced the stage last night at the Austin Music Awards, all coming to a head with Austin legend Alejandro Escovedo's duel performance with Jakob Dylan and a heartwarming tribute to MC Overlord.
Hosts Laurie Gallardo and Rick McNulty announced the winners of the highly contested local music poll. This year, the competition was stiff, but unlike previous years, the roundup of winners seemed more deserving than in the times past.
2019 AUSTIN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS BY CATEGORY:
BEST MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR -- Shakey Graves
BEST AUSTIN BAND -- Shinyribs
BEST NEW AUSTIN BAND -- Black Pumas
BEST SONG OF THE YEAR -- Black Pumas, “Black Moon Rising”
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR -- Bob Schneider, Blood and Bones (Shockorama)
BEST NONE-OF-THE-ABOVE -- Bob Schneider & The Moonlight Orchestra
BEST ROCK -- Bob Schneider
BEST MALE VOCALIST -- Bob Schneider
BEST SONGWRITER -- Bob Schneider
BEST AVANT GARDE/EXPERIMENTAL -- The Octopus Project
BEST BLUES/SOUL/FUNK -- Guy Forsyth
BEST MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUMENT -- Guy Forsyth (Harmonica)
BEST COUNTRY -- Willie Nelson
BEST ELECTRONIC -- Ghostland Observatory
BEST FOLK/BLUEGRASS -- Wood & Wire
BEST HIP-HOP/RAP -- Magna Carda
BEST JAZZ -- White Ghost Shivers
BEST LATIN -- Gina Chavez
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST -- Gina Chavez
BEST METAL -- Black Heart Saints
BEST PUNK -- Sailor Poon
BEST WORLD MUSIC -- Grupo Massa
BEST BASS -- Roscoe Beck
BEST DRUMS/PERCUSSION -- Brannen Temple
BEST GUITAR -- Jackie Venson
BEST HORNS -- Grupo Horns
BEST KEYBOARDS -- Emily Gimble
BEST STRINGS -- Carrie Rodriguez
BEST RADIO STATION -- KUTX
AUSTIN MUSIC HALL OF FAME -- Ruthie Foster
TOWNES VAN ZANDT SONGWRITING AWARD -- Alejandro Escovedo
MARGARET MOSER WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARD -- Dianne Scott