In 2005, Mike Sempert and Brian Michelson formed Birds and Batteries. The San Francisco group reworked a demo to release as their first album, Selections from Nature vs. Nature. It charted in the CMJ top 200 for three weeks in a row.
Recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio by Ian and Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, Natural Dreamers, Okay), Birds and Batteries' new album, I'll Never Sleep Again, explores rock and country, ornamented with warm keys and distorted, glitchy beats. The album begins with a spaced-out rendition of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold". Synthesizer crescendos create a lonesome soundscape on the title track "I'll Never Sleep Again".
The band played to packed crowds at the Great American Music Hall and the Café du Nord for their album release in San Francisco. They are currently on tour until November.