The Mynabirds

Sep 13, 2012 Good Danny's, Austin, TX

For the best audio experience, download the free Paste Music & Daytrotter app.
  1. Welcome to Daytrotter 00:04
  2. Karma Debt 03:25
  3. Generals 03:40
  4. Disaster 03:13
  5. Body Of Work 03:01
The Mynabirds

Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Grant Johnson at Good Danny's, Austin, Texas

The first time that Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds visited us, it seemed that she was busy communicating about the bitter pill of love and all that it holds. This time, with her latest album, "Generals," produced by the great Richard Swift, the Nebraskan songwriter makes us think that she's got bigger fish to fry then just something silly like love and whatever tangents one can make and take from that action. She's tackling the harder things to figure out - why people can't just be decent and good, why love can't be felt or why some folks must always feel powerless and voiceless, for as long as they live. We'd rather she tell it, with this impressive record.

With the title track, Burhenn sings:
I need a political job
In a blue collar town
So I can pay my rent
When the music is on
I get my best blood drawn
But I haven't made a dollar yet
Haven't I paid my dues yet?
Calling all my Generals
My Daughters
My Revolutionists
We got strength in numbers
And they're gon' to pay for it
We burn the money in our homes
Oh our books and bones
Are breaking down so fast
But they keep putting all our cash
Into the next bloodbath
Honey, tell you I am sick of it
Haven't we paid our dues yet?
Hey all my sisters [YEAH]
What you want [LOVE]
And all my brothers [YEAH]
What you got [LOVE]
You wanna fix it [YEAH]
Or fuck it up
Come on fix it
Cause it's been fucked
Get your black boots on
Beat your marching drum
We're gonna make 'em run
We're gonna get 'em on the run
So get your warpaint on
Let 'em know we're out for blood

With "Mightier Than The Sword," once can't help feeling that much of the talk in today's political landscape helped to shape the vitriol when she sings:
You're not alone in anything
So listen up, my love
A tiny town can tear you down
But the right word can build you up
I know their razor blade names
Cut into your arms
And opened your veins
And you think,
There's nothing you could do
They haven't already done to you
It's hard enough in your bedroom calm
To fend off the hungry birds of prey
And it's a fresh assault when the news comes on
Another one gone today
You study the lines in his face
He looked just like you
Your story's the same
Is there anything I could say
To make you stay
Love who you love
No matter what
No matter how hard it may come
And I promise
You'll be loved, my love
No matter what
You're mightier than
Their sword sharp tongues
Oh I promise
You are loved
Yes I promise
You are loved
So don't give up
When you forget the words
I will sing them for you
When I forget the words
Will you sing them for me?
When you forget the words
I will sing them for you

The Mynabirds Official Site

Share Tweet Submit Pin
More from The Mynabirds