In its handful of years as a band, Boston-based Morningbird has made a dedicated fanbase opening for the likes of Mt. Joy and Sons of Levin. The five-piece puts a modern spin on glossy classic rock, evoking legends like Queen and Elton John.
That makes sense, considering that, in 2013, founding members Max Challis (vocals) and Johnny Cattini (lead guitar) first bonded over a love of British classic rock, while at Berklee. Their dorm neighbors would soon become friends and bandmates, and Morningbird would release their first full-length album, Only Believe in Love, in 2016.
In advance of the group’s upcoming second album—expected sometime this year— they released the endlessly catchy “Do it Again” midway through December.
A propulsive drumbeat combined with sharp guitar licks makes for a sunny sound behind somewhat rainy lyrics:“Hitch a ride down from Boston, just a couple miles worse for wear/Just getting my $15 worth of that Atlantic Greyhound fare… I’ll meet you on the corner in New York City/and I’ll pick the wrong fight with you.” By the bridge, Challis is asking, “What’s the point?” over a riff straight out of a Tom Petty hit.
This is a song for the drive home, waking up after a long night out, and returning to routine after the holiday break: a reminder that no good view comes without a bit of tongue-in-cheek regret. (“I’m never coming back to New York City/And I hope I never see you again.”)
Or hey, maybe you left all your bad habits in 2019 and you’re “never gonna do it again.”
Morningbird recently played Great Scott and First Night Boston. While you wait for the new album, stream “Do it Again” on your preferred platform (maybe again and again), follow @morningbirdband on Instagram, and subscribe to @MorningbirdMusic on YouTube for updates.
For fans of: Mt. Joy, Mumford & Sons, John Mayer, The Decemberists