Birds & Batteries are a San Francisco band mixing electronic and acoustic elements into dynamic indie rock. The band's latest album, Panorama, came out October 12, 2010 on Spune/Velvet Blue Music, and finds the quartet reincorporating some of the alt-country/Americana elements that weren't present on 2009's funky, synth-focused Up To No Good EP. This is Birds & Batteries the rock band, with compelling guitar hooks and a heartfelt twang complimenting bandleader Mike Sempert's thoughtful lyrics. The layers demonstrate Sempert's skill as a sonic craftsman, committed to transforming the unique melding of sounds into winning, honest music. Lucky for him (and us), he's surrounded by bandmates with the talent and determination to pull it off.
The Bay Bridged sat down with Mike and and Jill to discuss the long process of crafting Panorama, and the band's mixture of electronic and acoustic elements. Four Birds & Batteries songs (three from Panorama) are included in the episode.