After a nearly decade-long career which saw them amass a devoted following in the progressive post-hardcore scene, A Lot Like Birds officially called it quits earlier this year. Since the band played their final show last month at Sacramento’s First Fest, there has been rampant speculation about what creative endeavors each of the band members would turn their sights to next. And perhaps the most attention of all has been paid to the future of the band’s primary vocalist and lyricist, Cory Lockwood.
Across A Lot Like Birds’ four albums, Cory provided the humanizing weight that grounded the band’s frantic and constantly morphing compositions. He touched upon familial tragedy, relationship tensions, loss, and insecurities in a way that felt deeply relatable, and yet exhibited a deft sense of poetic awareness rare in a genre scene where naked aggression and lamentation are frequently the norm. He combined the genre’s emotional touchstones with an admirable degree of introspection, earning his passionate vocals a rabid following. I recently got the chance to speak to Cory about his new project, which is simultaneously unexpected, and perfectly fitting.