Vinnie Guidera & the Dead Birds

  • Genre
  • Indie
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Indie ★
  • Musicians
    • Ian McDonald — drums
    • Kevin Hayes — bass
    • Vinnie Guidera — guitar, vocals
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


That changes all the time, but right now it’s probably "Found A Job" by Talking Heads.

How do you describe your music to people?


I’d probably groan and then say, “It’s kinda like that.”

Tell us about how the band formed.


Kevin and I played in a very different band together in high school, and we had met Ian when both of our bands played at the Jammies. Ian eventually joined our band. Long story short, when I wanted to flesh out my solo songs years later, they were my obvious choice for a backing band. Now, it’s more of a collaborative effort.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


We have an annual cover show on Halloween where we close out the night with a Misfits cover set. Last year was probably the best yet. Nobody is ever gonna sing along to my sad bastard music like that, so it’s always really fun for a night.

Tell us about your worst gig.


Way back in the day, our old band played at a teen center in the middle of nowhere, and as soon as we started playing, the crowed flocked to the computers in the back of the room. We could literally see that they were all on Myspace.

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


You shouldn't be embarrassed to enjoy things. That being said, I really love Kelly Clarkson. And Ian got me hooked on Carly Rae Jepsen. No shame. They rule.

What was the first song you learned to play?


"For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica.

What's next for the band?


Lots of local shows. Hopefully some non-local shows, too.

What's the story behind the band name?


Ian once mistook a wet plastic bag for a dead bird. He’ll be so thrilled to see this in print.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Shotgun Sawyer, Sad Girlz Club, Eugene Ugly, Sparks Across Darkness, Honyock. There are so many. We’re fortunate to have talented friends.

Who are your biggest influences?


Pedro The Lion, Neutral Milk Hotel, Danzig. All of our friends’ bands who make us want to play better. Mostly Danzig.

Who first inspired you to play music?


Maybe Fleetwood Mac. I still can’t play "Big Love."

Words to live by?


“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”—Rush.

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