“Pawn Shop Drugs”

Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland Ohio’s The Morning Bird take a much more somber and melancholic shift with “Pawn Shop Drugs,” Song 2 of from their Mindrocket Session. This track both sonically and lyrically, encapsulates the feelings of desperation; missing the mark and rejection. The Alt-Country vibe and soulful melancholy of the refrain: “I gave you my heart, you gave me pawn shop drugs, some secondhand medication, when all I wanted was your love,” set to restrained instrumentation, both hits at the heart and the soul. The song then takes on a surprising shift at its climax, with soaring reverb-drenched guitars taking the lead in building a wall of sound to a new level of emotion and release, before crescendoing up to one final lyrical refrain. For more on The Morning Bird, visit and follow the band on social media.

-Rick Polo (The Raw Alternative/Baroque Monody/Heck Vektor)
Audio Engineer – Josh Roman Cameras Jimmy Martin, Jill Farrar, Miguel Colon Editing – Patrick Snow
Recorded live at Mindrocket Recording Studio | More live sessions and contact info at

Mindrocket Recording Studio, home of Mindrocket Sessions, sits between Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the OH/PA state line.

In 2014, Mindrocket Engineer Josh Roman joined forces with independent music podcaster Jimmy Martin. The duo began to produce live session videos featuring regional and touring bands from all across the US, as well as bands from Europe and Canada. Finding themselves in a growing live session arena with studios such as Audiotree, KEXP, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Sessions; Roman and Martin tagged their original live Sessions The Mindrocket Project. They would go on to record over 50 sessions featuring bands like The Vindys, Teenage Bubblegums, The Multiple Cat, J.D. Eicher, and many more.

More recently, the guys from Mindrocket recruited Rebreather bassist Steve Wishnewski and his bizarre video art, infusing a new layer of artistic video imagery into the session-videos, calling these live in-studio performances, Mindrocket Sessions.

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