Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM



Songbyrd Presents

Saturday May 23, 2020


Washington, D.C. based Makeup Girl is throwback indie psych rock for the modern age. Eschewing any one style, their music remains relentlessly inventive.

Singer Brody Steck and drummer Caleb Schiebel began Makeup Girl in high school, later adding in Johnny Leander on guitar and Bryce Watson for their current lineup. The longtime friendship of Steck and Schiebel centers the band, with grooves based in tethered drumming and crooning vocals.

The band released their first EP “Makeup Girl,” in 2016 and shortly followed up with “Something New” in 2017, leaning from garage rock towards lo-fi psychedelia. In 2018 saw the band experiment with adding in a narrative thread to their next EP “Living Safe,” cautioning the listener on the negative effects of gentrification and the dangers of complacency. The title single from “Living Safe,” is the band’s biggest release to-date. The streams match the joy in the room whenever it appears on a Makeup Girl setlist. That same year, the band quickly released “In Time,” using all time signatures, for their most experimental sound yet.
Makeup Girl’s remarkable rhythmic grip leads to their effortless tempo switching, as impressive on recording as live. At any show, the crowds tend to agree.