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Fusing expansive psychedelia with evocative roots rock accents, Maybird are originally from Rochester, New York. The group was formed by Josh Netsky, a singer and songwriter who released four independent albums and performed frequently on the East Coast. The Josh Netsky Band had a fluid lineup for years, with drummer Adam Netsky the sole constant except for brother Josh. However, when guitarist Sam Snyder was unable to play a gig, Kurt Johnson, who plays six-string as well as pedal steel guitar, was recruited to take his place for the night. Josh and Johnson found they communicated well musically, and soon the Josh Netsky Band's indie folk sound gave way to something more exploratory. The group also relocated to Brooklyn, adopted the new name Maybird, and finally settled on a stable lineup, with the Netsky brothers, Snyder, and Johnson joined by James Preston on bass. In 2013, Maybird made their recording debut with an ambitious independent album, Down and Under.
As Maybird developed a growing following on the East Coast, they were approached by producer Danger Mouse, who had heard and enjoyed Down and Under. Danger Mouse asked Maybird to sign with his new label, 30th Century Records, and the group's first project for 30th Century, the EP Turning Into Water, was released in April 2016. A second EP, Unravelling, featuring production by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney appeared the following year. ~ Mark Deming
- Rochester, NY