Led Byrd is Mary Timony and Ash Bowie and their four track. They are more of a “side-project” than a band per se, but their work does not suffer from only being a “side-project”. Their two releases are on compilations, with a third track that is Led Byrd, but not listed as such. The first track that appeared as Led Byrd was on a compilation called Extra Walt! The song is a little more stripped down than Helium. The ultimate pop hook of this song is a Casio demo. The vital ingredients are Mary’s voice and guitar, with Ash’s inventive rhythm section. The second track is perhaps more droney than Helium, ending with a keyboard and guitar loop. The thirdtrack Led Byrd recorded was under the moniker Helium with the Bird of Paradise.This appears on a Kill Rock Stars compilation, and is a little more fuller in sound than the other two tracks. However, it also features prominent keyboards like the other tracks. Led Byrd hasn’t released anything recently, but once Mary said in an interview that they are planning on releasing a CD sometime in the future. Let’s hope.
Extra Walt! Various Artists [Walt Records] Release #009 on Double Black Seven Inch Vinyl
Bands: Moviola and Led Byrd, Simon Joyner and Trailer Bride, Bird Feet Feelings and the Extra Glenns, Fuck and Portastatic
Led Byrd “the Dragon #1”, Side One
Out of Print
Stargirl EP [VillaVillaKula Records PO Box 1929 Boston, MA 02205]
Release #5 Black Double Seven Inch Vinyl; CD version as well
Bands: Led Byrd, Kore, Denise Monahan, DQE
Led Byrd- “Fantastic Castle”, Side One
Out of print
Rock Stars Kill Compilation [Kill Rock Stars]
Bands: Tourettes, Cupid Car Club, Starpower, Boredoms, Helium w/the Bird of Paradise, Spinanes, Team Dresch, Mukilteo Fairies, God is My Co-Pilot, Severed Lethargy, Rancid, Free Kitten, Universal Order of Armageddon, Pee Chees, Smog, Star Sign Scorpio, Hattifatteners, Grouse Mountain Skyride, Fifth Column, Fleabag, Kathleen Hanna
Helium w/the Bird of Paradise -“Puffin Stars”
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