Q&A Scene: Tom D’Agustino of Active Bird Community

Tell us about your recent release?

We just premiered our first single ‘QB Sneak’ off our upcoming album Stick Around, which should be out sometime in January. The song was written during our senior year of college and tries to depict the bleak underside that can sometimes present itself when you’re away at school, trying to figure who you’re supposed to be to certain people and what that really means. As the first song, it definitely sets the tone for the rest of the record – introducing some of the anxiety and restlessness from entering “the real world” after school ends, but also some of the relief that comes with growing older. The next single should be out some time this month so keep an eye out!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

I think Stick Around definitely my favorite thing we’ve done so far. I guess it’s pretty common for artists to obsess over their latest project or release, but I feel like this record has so much of ourselves in it. We really took our time with it, struggled over what we wanted to say, how we wanted it to feel to the listener but also articulating how it made us feel and how it continues to make us feel. It’s a fluid project to be sure, nothing is super set in stone in terms of meanings etc., but I am proud of how it came out and think its some of our strongest stuff so far.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

During our senior year of high school we opened up for Men Without Hats at a Mexican Restaurant in New Jersey. It changed me.

What, or who, inspires you?

Hearing demos from bands I love is really inspiring I think. Because a lot of the time when musicians make demos, the song is really new to them and they just want to get it down so they can hear it back. There are times when you can hear in someone’s voice how unsure they are about the song they are singing. Other times you can hear them imagining what the end product will be. Comparing the final version of a song and the first scrap says so much about the song itself.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Dystopian Dream Girl – Built To Spill

What’s next for you?

We’re playing at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans on October 28th, then planning out a winter tour for the release of our record in January.

What’s your scene?

Not really sure what our scene is. We just moved to Brooklyn, so we’re not really a part of any scene yet. We book a lot of the shows ourselves and try to make bills with bands we’re into. It’s definitely a friendly and fun environment at our shows, we try to welcome everyone and have a good time.

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