After Image

by Bitter Birds

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    Bitter Birds debut full length featuring Singer Mayberry on guitar and vocals and David Lujan on drums, vocals and bass organ. Playing music together since around 2004 in their former band Red Leaves, Lujan and Mayberry started this new project as a duo in 2011. Discovering the best way to act as both drummer and bass player for the band, Lujan built a foot pedal organ keyboard to play live and record with. They are now on their second iteration of bass pedal keys and the result can be heard on this album.

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The first full length record by Bitter Birds, Afterimage represents a body of work spanning two years of writing and performing.

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released June 6, 2017

Singer Mayberry - Vocals, Guitar
David Lujan - Vocals, Bass Organ, Drums

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Bitter Birds Austin, Texas

Bitter Birds “lures the senses in with a brooding, slightly more experimental side of indie pop, which some fans have compared to early Cure – less poppy and more deliciously bleak.” – Laurie Gallardo, Austin Music Minute KUTX 98.9

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Track Name: Sudden Stop
Its not the fall
its the sudden stop
when she can see you
for everything your not
from room to hall
faces turning taught
and words aren't all
your eyes deliver shots

we can talk
to make this go away
but you're taking stock of
everything I say
to make this stop
I'd give anything
cause what I've got is
a sickness I can't see
Track Name: Culture Vultures
everywhere I look I stare
nothing is worth chasing
slowly stepping walk through life
round in circles pacing
back and forth I where the floor
and all that it's encasing
people's lives of long ago
trampled by my pacing

cause I'm a black bird
I take the things I see and wrap them in dark words
I never meant to bring you down
I'm a vulture
I feast on the absurd and they've got no culture
I don't intend to make this sound.

everyone is watching me
to see which way I'm facing
round in circles carelessly
to nowhere I've been racing
delicious things
you always see
but never good when tasting
restless days and evenings
time you should be wasting
with drink in hand
a mouth of sand
know the drug you're lacing

cause I'm a black bird
I take the things I see and wrap them in
dark words
I'm a vulture
I feast on the absurd
and they've got no culture
I don't intend to make this sound
Track Name: Long Way Home
we can take the long way home
but I have to write this down before it's gone
we can ride slow pushing on
If we ride slow we'll make it home.
you know me I always feel alone
I want you I want you, all I know
too many things between stop and go
you're leaning to the side about to fall


all we have to do is take it slow
If you want you've got to take it slow
we can touch our bikes to the road
if that's what makes you happy my love
it's dark outside with nowhere to go
we were happy in the past or so I'm told
no I could never be so bold
to suggest there's better things
down the road
Track Name: Rotten Friends
Look out
for the signs of rotten friends
because he's coming around again
He won't
be around when life grows thin
think twice at a cheat to win

turning all my dreams to schemes you sell me
nothing ever seems to turn out right
I know that your not helping
it just bottles up and I don't want to fight.

You fight
and you scratch your way back in
but it wheres you down so thin
getting back out again
Talk down
and you lecture all your kin
bite my tongue feel the blood pour in

Turning all of my dreams to schemes you sell me
Nothing ever seems to turn out right
know that your not helping
it just bottles up and I don't want to fight.
Track Name: I Would Die 4 U
I'm not a woman
I'm not a man I am something that you'll never understand.
I'll never beat you
I'll never lie
and if your evil I'll forgive you by and by cause...

I would die for you...

I'm not your lover
I'm not your friend
I am something that you'll never comprehend
Don't ever worry
don't ever cry
I'm your messiah and you're the reason why cause...

I would die for you...

I'm just a sinner I am told
bring you fire when you are cold
make you happy when you're sad
make you good when you are bad
Track Name: Carnival
Turning your world upside down.
Change from your pockets goes out windows.
Don't know how we can sit so quietly,
backwards in circles don't look now.

I'm feeling strange my head is loud.
I can't see straight I can't sit down.
Don't know how anyone sits comfortably
hands in the air once more around

uh oh uh oh

Turning my head up to the clouds,
can't hear you scream its just so loud.
I'm letting this thing take control of me.
I'm feeling stuck i can't get out.

uh oh uh oh
Track Name: Cheapest Excuse
Nobody cares
they won't love her until she is dead.
She won't talk to me, tell me what's in her head.
I never sit next to her
I watch her from outside instead.
People admire her persistence in being so sad

White lies
never fooled him just made him see red.
Every few weeks
we'd hear something abut what he did bad.
Shot guns and broke hearts
and knew just how to make them mad
the cheapest excuse was the fact that he never had a dad
Track Name: Streets We Know
Avoiding all of the streets we know
we only go down new ones
think of the places we could go if we discount those blue ones
I can't see why this can't be this thing can't be true
love
if you just tell me what this means
what this means to you
love

all we do is tear ourselves in two
just to be re-glued
all we do

avoiding all of the people saying
things we thought we knew
love
all I see is different kinds
never seeing true
love
you say lose your eyes and just
listen for for the truth
love
if need be I would cut mine out
cut mine out for you
love

all we do
is tear ourselves in two
just to be re-glued
all we do
Track Name: Pirate Game
the light from one side hides the other
the darkness you always try to cover
will take you and make you to her lover
like shadows at noon we're still part of each other
everybody wants to see me fight
but I'm still trying to use these hands for right
I hope I hope that we can still recover
from all the wrong I've done to you my lover

put your lights on little girl
so I know your home
with our flags unfurled
we can sail on

he talks to me about things discovered
I look at him and all I see is his father
we can talk or scream and fight each other
but I still remember you as my brother
can anybody really say whats right?
we all agree potentially he might
but he's lost inside and he takes too many lovers
the light from one side always hides the other

put your lights on little girl
so I know your home
with our flags unfurled
we can sail on...