Priestbird not to be confused with Priestess, Judas Priest, or "Freebird" can be confused with Tarantula A.D. That's the name under which the New York trio crafted its unique, enticing blend of classical music, freak-folk, punk, psychedelia, prog-rock, and metal before changing their moniker in recent months. Why the switch, ahead of their upcoming album, In Your Time? "For this record we [focused] on songwriting, building environmental textures, and maintaining a certain mood for a longer period of time instead of the schizophrenia-type writing that we explored in Tarantula A.D.," explains singer/drummer/organist/flutist Gregory Rogove. But fear not, loyal old fans Priestbird still employs pianos and the occasional banjo, sings all trippy, and dresses weird; it's just that their songs are a bit more epic, heavy, and hypnotic.
Michael Alan Goldberg
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March 8, 2007 | 4:00am|