The Messenger Birds
The Messenger Birds is not a rock band. It’s just two guys. But there is more to this two-piece than meets the eye and a lot of noise to back it up. The Messenger Birds have quickly gained a reputation for putting on an intensely loud and energetic live show, and if you weren’t paying attention, you’d think there were five people on stage. With catchy hooks, monster riffs, and unapologetic lyrics, their Detroit brand of alt-rock is often reminiscent of bands like Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and even Nirvana.
In 2017, The Messenger Birds released their debut music video for “The Good Years” and a single entitled “Around the Sun,” only to follow up in early 2018 with another juggernaut of a single, “Self Destruct.” The duo has toured the Midwest heavily over the last year and a half, extending into Canada and the East Coast, recorded a live, analog studio session at Daytrotter, and supported national/international acts including The Fall of Troy, Wilson, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Hinds, Bear Vs. Shark, Thunderpussy, and more. The Messenger Birds also had their song “Honest Lies” featured in YouTube Red series Impulse and, in October, premiered their music video and second single of 2018, “Phantom Limb,” via Consequence of Sound.
Phantom Limb has since accumulated nearly 3 million streams on Spotify and is the band’s most popular single to date, but this is only the beginning. The Messenger Birds released “No Pardon” on July 26, 2019–a punk rock anthem that details their disdain for a system that doesn’t work for the people and a call to action to rise up against the status quo. Immediately following the release of this single and music video, The Messenger Birds took Mo Pop Festival by storm, playing alongside household names like Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Lizzo, Kali Uchis, and many others.