We Already Lost The World is their fourth release with a three-year hiatus from their last studio record, the power grew. During that break-in time, Birds in Row were able to begin the refining process on their writing and development behind a collective punch of six total years of work. From the jump of 2012 with their first record; to the nine-track, 34-minute anchor that begs to bear teeth, We Already Lost The World is a candle against heavy incoming darkness. There is a small beacon of hope that is displayed through the record in these harsh screams, bursts of energy, and a crushing presence on the instrumental side.
Even as the first track “We Count So We Don’t Have To Listen” draws back the curtain with these subdued guitar strums, the sudden door-kicking motions blast back the hinges and become organized but frantic. The playing is tight, but the overall picture becomes loose through the manipulation of sound. It is that nice sentimental feel of creating both the blend of anger and raw ability with sporadic delivery and an arsenal of tenacity. We Already Lost The World is an abrasive record that demands attention to this belligerent sense. Not only does this record create a hostage situation with the formality, but Birds in Row can illustrate a glue to hold together the listener and personal experience.
Somehow still an approachable monster of animalistic energy, Birds in Row creates a French connection to post-punk style and the emotional distress of a drowning pool. Where We Already Lost The World shines is through its ability to shift the tension from players to the listener and create a bridge between pain where both parties see the sinking ship.