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The latest from Laura Jane Grace might be a perfect song. "Birds Talk Too" is a two minute punk rock song, complete with abundant gang vocals, particularly on the chorus. Grace is just spitting venom in her vocals, but in a positive way. As forceful as her lyrics are, they still come across as positive and joyful. Then there's her guitar playing, which has that bouncy, solo Paul Westerberg sound to it. "Birds Talk Too" is just simply a killer song, and an early contender for Song of 2024.
Laura Jane Grace says of her latest single:
“10 years ago I started getting tattooed by a Japanese tattoo artist named Gakkin. I traveled all around the world getting the work done literally starting with my feet and ending with getting my head tattooed in Amsterdam in July of 2022. At the end of our session, Gakkin gifted me a hand-painted Gretsch guitar, covered in beautiful, intricate, swirling design. I took the guitar back to my hotel room and immediately wrote ‘Birds Talk Too’. The lyrical references are all Amsterdam: Schipol is the airport, Rookies is my favourite cannabis cafe and Champagne Haze is my favourite strain.”
You can listen to "Birds Talk Too" below. Hole in My Head is due out February 16 on Polyvinyl Record Co., and is available for pre-order here. For more on Laura Jane Grace, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.