''Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic has found a common ground among garage band rock, classical, minimalism, UK progressive rock, and it's own favorite noises.''
-The New York Times
''...fantastically innovative music.''-Exposé. ''...a fresh & almost indescribable fusion of rock, jazz, modern classical, sampled sound & noise.''
-The Boston Phoenix
The Fossil Record is a collection of rare & unreleased studio recordings by the original lineup of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic: Erik Lindgren, Roger Miller, Rick Scott and Martin Swope. While you can hear the original studio recordings that the band released + mucho bonus material, on our double release "Dawn Of The Cycads", this is like an alternate history of the band from their beginnings until Roger left the band.
Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic began in 1980 as a side project by half of Boston's famed rock band, Mission Of Burma: Roger Miller and Martin Swope. Miller and Swope joined forces with Rick Scott and Erik Lindgren for what was originally conceived as a recording project only. In 1983, they released a self titled EP, "Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic".
With the demise of Mission Of Burma at about the same time as the EP's release, Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic became a full time band for all members. In 1985 they released another lp, "Magnetic Flip", and set out on extensive touring to support its release. A year later they released another EP, "Beat Of The Mesozoic", and again set out on tour.
Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic has earned international recognition for their innovative sound. The New York Times called them "the world's hardest rocking chamber music quartet." Their unlikely mix of rock, punk, classical, minimalism, and free-form sound appeals to a broad range of musical tastes. Birdsongs' instrumentation is also quite extraordinary: piano, two synthesizers, guitar, and saxophone blend with electronic and acoustic percussion, creating an end result that is rich in texture and pleasing to the ear.
Besides their frequent live shows and critically acclaimed releases, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic has gained wide attention for music they composed for "To A Random," an award winning film by Boston film maker Michael Burlingame; this music is included on The Fossil Record. In addition, the band collaborated with New York City's "Wooster Group," released a video featured on MTV, and composed a piece used on PBS' "NOVA" series.
released March 29, 1995
Erik Lindgren: Minimoog, Memorymoog, CompuRhythm CR-78, Oberheim DX, percussion, upright piano (2)
Roger Miller: upright, Wurlitzer electric and Yamaha CP-70 pianos, pump organ (1)
Rick Scott: Farfisa organ, Yamaha DX-7, abbreviated clarinet, percussion
Martin Swope: guitar, percussion
Michael Cohen: percussion (3-5)
1-2 recorded May-June, 1980
3-5 recorded August 10, 1982
6 recorded October, 1983
7-10 recorded March-June, 1986
11-14 recorded August, 1987
15 recorded May, 1986
16 recorded July 11, 1984
All music recorded at Sounds Interesting, Cambridge, MA. by Erik Lindgren
Mixed and produced by Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic