The Hummingbyrds (from the album Purgatory Emporium)
Love is for sale at Purgatory Emporium. The album is the recent release from Nashville, Tennessee duo, The Hummingbyrds. The pair set up marketplace stalls for each song, displaying matters of the heart that put an ominous rhythm under “Oh My” as clouds gather around its lonely character while wet weather falls on the choices found in “Simple Life”, and “The Mountain” rises up on sharp angles of chords and beats. The Hummingbyrds gather tales on Purgatory Emporium, staging the tales with defined characters who purposefully accept their fates in “Roll of the Dice”, willfully trust their own intuition with “Working on My Soul”, and hold on to the good luck of the present as they rip pages from the past for “Better Now”.
Life partners and bandmates Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams have been together as a couple for ten years and making music as The Hummingbyrds for four years. The pair found themselves growing tired of careers in musical theatre with a project that took them to New York City. A decision was made to draw the curtains on big production to focus on writing music for themselves. A move to Nashville came after making a demo in NYC. Purgatory Emporium puts Dave Coleman in the producer’s seat who lends his guitar work to the album. The Hummingbyrds bid “Goodbye, Virginia” on a jangly bounce and take “Photograph” to the realization that you cannot rewrite life as the tale floats over a dreamy Americana soundscape as Purgatory Emporium finds a woman stuck in the moment and trapped by her mistakes in “She Waits”.