Birds of Prey was written on the spot one night at 600 Studios in Tuscaloosa. I believe we were doing some additional tracking there following the Inner Fool sessions. The song was eventually recorded at the Sweatbox in Austin, TX and produced by Tim Kerr in 2003. Craig Gates was on bass and backing vocals. We used the track as our contribution to the landmark Birmingham compilation Low Dose Exposure (Skybucket Records) in 2004. This version features the whole band and differs from the solo version we ended up using on Save It for the Campfire a couple of years later.
I believe I was inspired by some of the material Elliott and John of the Dexateens had been writing for the Red Dust Rising LP as it is decidedly more country skronk than anything I had written previously. Birds of Prey is essentially about a couple of friends who passed on around that time.
As for year ending announcements Model Citizen will be playing a special holiday show at Bottletree in Birmingham on Friday, December 23. The show will be put on by the Friday On My Mind DJ’s. These kids consistently put on the best dance night in Birmingham with their mix of 1960′s and 70′s soul and funk, all spun on vinyl. In honor of their invitation we’ll play a set of 1960′s rock n roll. It’s unbelievably hard not to spill the beans on our song choices, but you’ll have to show up and see. Jody Nelson of the great Through the Sparks will be helping us out with some keys and additional guitar badassery. There may be some other guests as well. We hope to see you there!!
Please visit our Bandcamp music page for a high quality download of the song.