Author: Falling James
03/05/2012 | LA Weekly | www.laweekly.com | Live Show Preview
"Get your warpaint on," the Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn declares on "Generals," the title track of her upcoming album. Based on the early evidence, the provocative, Omaha-based singer is moving away from the alt-pop introspection of previous albums, such as 2010's What We Lose in the Fire, We Gain in the Flood, toward a more purposefully confrontational and political persona. Of course, musicians brag about starting revolutions all the time — seldom do they actually get their hands dirty or do more than preach to their already converted fans. However, Burhenn (who got her start in the Washington, D.C., project Georgie James) has such a persuasively soulful delivery that it's not impossible to imagine her inspiring and rounding up her own army. The Mynabirds' Saddle Creek labelmates Big Harp say "Goodbye Crazy City" with stubbornly rural and rootsy folk-country rambles.