by Evan Cook
The music genre of modern psychedelia has been expanding rapidly within the past decade. Artists such as Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips have popularized psychedelic rock by adding a modern twist to classic styles from the past. Maybird is one of those bands that can be included into this category. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the band was formed when singer-songwriter Josh Netsky joined with pedal-steel guitarist Kurt Johnson. They sought to move towards a more laid back, psychedelic vibe than Netsky previously had in his solo project. The band’s sound, having memorable guitar leads and lush vocal harmonies, can be described as energetic, noisy and hallucinatory. Oftentimes, in songs like “Maybird,” their catchy pop rock structured songs turn into free, mind-expanding jams by the end. The group’s lead single, “Turning Into Water,” is a fun, twangy trip through time and space. The band is also known for their eclectic live performances. Band member Sam Snyder was given the nickname “Overhand Sam” for his unorthodox style of guitar playing. Maybird is currently on an east coast tour supporting their 2016 release Turning Into Water EP. For fans of The Strokes and Electric Light Orchestra. Catch Maybird Upstairs in Philly on December 1st!