with Birds For Eyes and Trading The Inside

Songbyrd Presents
Upstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 8:00 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM

Free ($5 suggested donation)

Saturday March 2, 2019

Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge


Here's the BLEEDER story:

Be born with hemophilia. Be infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through plasma medication in 1983 at age 10. Almost die to AIDS at 24. But live. Write a memoir of your struggle. Title it BLEEDER. When Michigan State Press publishes the book, get national press reviews, an interview on NPR with Bob Edwards, and win several awards. Then, as if that isn't enough catharsis to express the hurt and struggle, write and record songs in your basement, fill in the gaps not healed by putting words on a page. Call it BLEEDER. Release the songs.

Bleeder was started in 2014 as a recording project by Shelby Smoak, a long-time musician from the Chapel Hill indie rock scene. Smoak has been involved with numerous music projects for the past 15 years. In 2013, Michigan State University Press published Shelby Smoak's memoir, Bleeder: A Memoir, which garnered Smoak a book tour along the East Coast; press reviews including The Minneapolis Review and Glamour; radio and TV appearances, including the Bob Edwards Show on NPR; and several awards, such as a National Library of America Book of the Year award.

Bleeder reflects Smoak's desire to put his struggles into songs. The moody and cathartic aesthetic that Bleeder: A Memoir reflected needed to be expressed in a way that transcended the abilities of prose. This raw emotion is embodied throughout Bleeder's debut self-titled album. To make the project a reality, Smoak recruited the talents of local musicians Chuck Campbell (drummer for Charlie Post and Ugly) and Drew Speziale (frontman of Circle Takes the Square). Doubling as both talented musicians and long-time friends of Smoak, the musical chemistry was palpable from the band's first practice together, and with that, Bleeder was born.