WEATHER »

The Mynabirds

Generals


On the title track to The Mynabirds’ latest, Laura Burhenn instructs her listeners to “put your black boots on.” It’s just one of many empowering calls to arms that Burhenn embraces on Generals, which finds the band successfully forging a new path with plenty of backbeat and backbone. It seems Burhenn has shed a new skin since the pop whimsy of her previous duo, Georgie James, and the lighter, folksier Mynabirds debut, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood. In their place, we get Dead Weather–style blues-rockers like “Wolf Mother” and “Disaster” and the electro anxiety of tracks like “Radiator Sister” and “Body of Work.” The album ends with “Greatest Revenge,” combining a Motown sway with Burhenn’s frustration: “What happened to our chivalry?” she sings. It seems The Mynabirds have lost innocence in exchange for an angry confidence and newfound strength.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Judge Strikes Down La Casa de la Raza Bankruptcy

The nonprofit's board of directors was not assembled properly.

County Jail Grievances Drop

Response and medical treatment rates are on the rise.

Santa Barbara Unified Spends $1M on Mental Health Services

New program will put at least one therapist on each campus.

Amtrak Strikes Man on Tracks in Montecito

A man was killed this morning on the railroad tracks near Montecito's Olive Mill Road.

Montecito Manhunt Underway for Third Suspect

[Update] Third suspect apprehended Thursday afternoon; police have been searching since Wednesday evening for burglary suspects.