It seems to have taken forever and a day ( a bit like this post), but finally we got there; the Butcher Birds‘ début album launch, just about 3½ years to the very day from their very first gig at The Rev on Sunday 2 April 2006. Way back then, with half the band being fairly new to playing instruments (if I remember correctly) there was an obvious and noticeable ‘rabbit in the headlights’ aspect to them playing but it’s been a fascinating and fantastic experience watching them develop over the years; becoming more proficient at playing, increasing their song repertoire with a collection of outstanding tunes, gelling as a band, and the positive difference a change in drummer made to their sound, all culminating in an excellent début, Set My Bones. The only criticism is that doesn’t include their best song, Rub It In Salt, a long time mainstay in their set as well as often being the opening number. Hopefully it will return to the fold in time for album number two?
Looking back through my archives I’m well into double figures for photographing the band, not counting all the other gigs where I didn’t have my camera. So it’s ironic that after all that I manage to miss the first couple of songs as a result of thinking that covering two gigs at two different venues in the Valley would be a good idea.
The Rev – 2 April 2006
Melbourne Trip – Lots more photos, so many favourites, here
Set My Bones Album Launch