When: Sat., Aug. 24 2013
indie, 9 p.m.
Bird Skulls, the new EP by local indie-rock band Company, is drenched in dark atmospherics and bearing some eerie production touches by Ryan Zimmerman (Brave Baby), Dan McCurry (Run Dan Run), and Joel Hamilton (Mechanical River), the 20-minute collection by songwriter Brian Hannon is well-suited to the relentless rain and gray skies that kicked off our summer. The EP’s four songs were written after the death of former Company drummer Kelly Grant, and the loss hangs heavy in the lyrics. On the track “Mt. Pisgah,” Hannon sings, “Took you to my brother’s graveyard/ His body rests below the earth/ To heal these wounds, now we must labor/ But you will not share the work.” Hamilton’s fingerprints are all over the standout track “Curse,” which he produced. With Hannon’s fey vocals echoing over ominous synthesizers, nylon-string guitar strums, and sampled drums, it is Company’s most powerful and haunting statement to date. Bird Skulls is streaming for free on the Exit Stencil Recordings Soundcloud page, and it is also available on iTunes and Spotify. CD copies will be available for purchase at the show. —Paul Bowers SATURDAY