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Birth’s highly anticipated debut studio album, “I WILL” offers 9 new tracks of raw minimal Los Angeles synthpunk. For those unfamiliar, Birth (also commonly known as BIRTH!) is Douglas Halbert, of a Denver deathrocker origin then scraping by feverishly in LA much of this past decade. His songs are blunt and driving, and his physical performance is as explosively engaging as any in the rich/depraved history of Californian experimental punk. Since the conception of Birth in 2007, Doug has toured both US coasts (with Realicide and various others), was featured in a European tour surrounding the Drop Dead Festival in 2008, has been a consistent figure in most events bizarre in the LA area, and has had a killer tape of demo recordings in circulation. For those already acquainted, “I WILL” shows substantial evolution in this project. Not only is it Birth’s first properly produced work with more layering of various keyboards and vocal work, but the songs are overtly more autobiographical. Whereas previous songs dealt in a somewhat more generalized expression of anxiety, lust, rage, etc. the content of “I WILL” describes much more personal situations of loss and the struggle to build a life from an array of very broken experiences. The album is dark but conveys a determined optimism, evident not only in the words themselves but within the unhesitant energy of their delivery. Coming from deathrock doesn’t have to lead to a lifetime of sulking after all! Watch out for BIRTH! at Drop Dead Fest 2010! Mastered by Mavis Concave. Full color artwork by Robert Inhuman. CD comes with a lyrics sheet and 4×4″ sticker. 8 February 2010, for Realicide Youth Records. (1st edition 1,000 CD)



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