Exclusive Premiere: The Lovebirds’ Achingly Beautiful “Boat Train”

Here’s a song that will make you shush your co-workers so you can really listen.

It’s The Lovebirds’ “Boat Train” from their upcoming album, Breakup Shmakeup, due out May 2, 2014.

The dissonance and resolution interwoven into what I would call the perfect rainy day song gave me goosebumps. For real.

Melancholy lyrics with amazingly lovely harmonies build into a driving groove of energetic longing that pulls back into an aching drift. Aaah.

The Lovebirds’ Lindsay White shares, “I wrote Boat Train almost immediately after the break up.The song acknowledges how hard we tried to make it work, how beautiful that effort was, how tragic it was that the effort wasn't enough, and how hopeful we were that the break up would turn out to be a good thing in the long run."

Her musical cohort, Veronica May adds, "Boat Train to me is a bittersweet song that cuts the sad losses and celebrates the happy victory of realizing we are stronger than we think."

Listen to the gorgeous “Boat Train” here:

Breakup Shmakeup chronicles the experience of ending The Lovebirds' romantic partnership in order to preserve their musical partnership.

According to White, "Time and time again, music has been our medicine, our therapy, our glue. Breakup Shmakeup is such an accomplishment because it allowed us to transcend our emotions, rise above the hurt, stick together for a greater purpose, and emerge from the experience even closer in a way. We're really excited to share these songs – although they reference a difficult subject matter, the ultimate message is about finding a common ground."

"Breakup Shmakeup is a vulnerable expression of thought and feeling on what it's like to break up, experience the aftermath, and what it's like to find the strength inside to move forward with grace,” adds May. “It shows the awareness that music we create together is still sacred to us."

Falling somewhere on the female duo scale between The Indigo Girls and Tegan and Sara, The Lovebirds utilize "unique chord structures, beautiful harmonies that fit like spoons, and soulful, quirky lyrics". The Lovebirds' live show is quirky and engaging: a tornado of sights and sounds that, at any point, may include short skirts, high heels, bowties, mustaches, percussive guitar, rock ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, kazoos, stand-up drum kits, and harmonies that won't quit.

The Lovebirds have shared the stage with many notable musicians, including Steve Poltz, Tristan Prettyman, Bushwalla, The Lumineers, Jack Tempchin, John C. Reilly, Glen Phillips, Sara Watkins, Susanna Hoffs, Berkley Hart, Raining Jane, Jason Mraz, and more. This spring they will be heading out on a tour around the west coast in support of Breakup Shmakeup.

You can check out the band, here: www.thelovebirds.com

Tour Dates:

  • April 5th Village Farm School FundraiserEncinitas, CA
  • April 19th House ConcertLa Mesa, CA
  • April 26th Private House ConcertDel Mar, CA
  • May 2ndSwedenborg HallSan Diego, CA
  • May 4th The Night OwlFullerton, CA
  • May 5th Genghis CohenLos Angeles, CA
  • May 7thMel’s LoungeSanta Barbara, CA
  • May 8thShell CaféPismo Beach, CA
  • May 10thHouse ShowCupertino, CA
  • May 11thHopmonk Tavern NovatoNovato, CA
  • May 12thBlue LampSacramento, CA
  • May 13thBlack ForestEugene, OR
  • May 15thThe Blue MonkPortland, OR
  • May 17thMetronome CoffeeTacoma, WA
  • May 18thPrivate House ConcertSeattle, WA
  • May 21st High DiveSeattle, WA
  • May 23rd Caldera Tap HouseAshland, OR
  • May 27thBocci’s CellarSanta Cruz, CA
  • May 29thPaso Robles Brewing CompanyPaso Robles, CA
  • May 30thCoffee Gallery BackstageAltadena, CA
  • June 8thPrivate Show San Diego, CA
  • July 29thEagleview Concert SeriesExton, PA

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Laura B. Whitmore

Laura B. Whitmore is a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, writing for Parade.com, Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network, she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.