It’s 2014, so that must mean it’s time for a new Tweak Bird album. For those of you who have been paying attention, not much has changed for Tweak Bird. As can be expected, the band lurches through 11 tracks of drugged-out pop psychedelia filtered through the haze of Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Brant Bjork, et cetera. And the Brothers Bird are no less than impeccable on Any Ol’ Way, the surprisingly capable musicianship within it belying the California philosophy that would be just as comfortable on the latest Wavves release.
Each song speaks volumes to the Melvins-esque sludge, but manages to subvert the cliché and the noise by the simple virtue of writing pop music. Heavy pop music, though, there’s a difference. And though Tweak Bird will appeal to the unwashed burnout far more than the tween-pop crowd, the band plays with confidence and influence beyond their years, paying homage to ‘60s-era Beach Boys and 13th Floor Elevators within the trappings of the two-piece. But, considering Tweak Bird have been together for the better part of seven years now, it really shouldn’t be surprising. Really, the worst thing you could mention about Any Ol’ Way is how little it veers from previous outings. But, when the results are this good, can you blame them?
By Aaron J. Marko