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San Francisco quartet Birdmonster have gained a solid, if minor, national following with their eclectic pop music and persistent touring. The band's DIY ethic recalls underground torchbearers like Fugazi, Slint and Mission of Burma, even if the songs themselves have more in common with those of indie blow-ups like Jimmy Eat World and Ted Leo's Pharmacists. Songwriter and guitarist Peter Arcuni formed the group in 2004 with three like-minded souls in his San Francisco neighborhood: guitarist and keyboardist David Klein, bassist and utility player Justin Tenuto and drummer Zach Winter. The band's debut was a self-titled EP, recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco and self-released in 2004. They followed with a full-length LP, No Midnight, which was recorded with Bradley Cook, whose credits include work with the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. Though No Midnight was also self-released, its prompt re-release by SpinArt gave the band a major distribution channel and exposed the nation to their talent for crafting fiery bricolage.
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