Golden Birds, from San Francisco, CA, have been described as everything from Post-Rock to Indie-Folk to (our favorite) "Brutal Pop".
But Transamerica is a step in the gentler, more stripped-down direction, with all songs composed only of acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, glockenspiel, accordion, and a whole lot of voices. Thematically, it is a record about separation and distance. A collection of love songs: to those who are elsewhere from people stuck "here", but also to the East Coast from the West, to the "West Bay" from the East, and to the simplicity and innocence of the past - when life was an open frontier, when love was single-minded and all-consuming - from the convoluted, fractured present.
Transamerica was released to coincide with Golden Birds' "Fifty" tour - performances on the steps of each capitol building in the United States during the summer of 2005. More information can be found at http://www.goldenbirds.com/fifty.