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Brendan Kelly And The Wandering Birds To Play Their Second Show Ever

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 15, 2013 7:00PM

Photo via Brendan Kelly's Facebook page by Lauren Lukacek.

When Chicagoist catches up with Brendan Kelly to ask why his band The Wandering Birds have only played one show since the release of their debut album last year, he’s blunt with his answer: “It’s a pain in the ass.”

It’s not hard to see why that might be the case when you keep a schedule like Kelly’s. Currently, he’s busy being a husband and father, bartending at beloved Wrigleyville tavern Gingerman, blogging about boning and straight edge culture, fronting the Wandering Birds and writing new music for his other band, punk trio The Lawrence Arms. Finding time to get all of the members of the Wandering Birds together to perform a show, he admits, is a challenge.

Tonight, February 15, is different though. Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds will be performing songs off their well-received first album “I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever” at the Beat Kitchen.

If you’re a fan of the Wandering Birds, you’ll want to catch them while you can as it might be awhile before they can flock together again. Kelly revealed to Chicagoist that there are already 12 songs written for The Lawrence Arms new album, which he hopes to have out by the fall (with supportive touring to follow). Before that though, The Lawrence Arms are scheduled to travel to Australia to tour on the Soundwave Festival with headliner Metallica.

As far as the Wandering Birds’ future goes -- whether or not they’ll ever put out another album, let alone play a third show -- Kelly seems hopeful to have the chance to work with band member Nick Martin again.

“I really like working with Nick,” he told Chicagoist. “He’s my oldest collaborative partner. We starting writing songs together when we were 12.”

Still, come Friday, we’re not taking any chances by missing something this rare.

By: Katie Karpowicz