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''Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic has found a common ground amoung 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.
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.
In 1988, Roger Miller left the group to concentrate on solo projects. He was replaced by saxophonist/keyboardist/percussionist Ken Field. Birdsongs' new lineup recorded "Faultline", released on Cuneiform (Rune 19). Their second Cuneiform release, "Pyroclastics" (Rune 35), appeared in 1992. Shortly afterwards, guitarist Michael Bierylo replaced Martin Swope, who moved to Hawaii. Supported by tours on both U.S. coasts, "Faultline" and "Pyroclastics" gathered excellent reviews, airplay on college radio, & sales.
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.