birthday(photo: Matt Araquistain)

Everybody loves the Stranger Things soundtrack, right? I’d dismissed it as unearned hype until I’d like, actually watched the show and fell in love with the creepy blend of modern-yet-retro sounding synth instrumentals. Shortly after that, we received a submission from the copy-and-paste-able B/I/R/T/H/D/A/Y and their track “Skyropes”. It starts off with guitars that instantly make me feel like I’m in an F-14 with Tom Cruise, but over the course of the song, the synths take on a more and more prominent role and transport me to Creepy Indiana quarries. It doesn’t hurt that they can shred the guitar:

B/I/R/T/H/D/A/Y also recently released their second single, “Late Night Tails,” which should transport you to a montage that involves cocktails, dancing, a mysterious walk down a moonlit alley, and who knows what else? Like “Skyropes”, it’s an homage to a specific era that manages to avoid cheesyness that often plagues ’80s tribute — B/I/R/T/H/D/A/Y is far too earnest and executes with too much talent to be considered a joke.

B/I/R/T/H/D/A/Y’s debut live performance is tonight at Milk Bar. Proceeds from the show will be split between Planned Parenthood and International Institute of the Bay Area, a non-profit that provides low cost immigration legal services to people in the Bay Area.

Rad Dad, Sophia Prize, B/I/R/T/H/D/A/Y
Milk Bar
November 18, 2016
9pm, $8