Tough Old Bird

Nathan Corrigan Guitar, harmonica, vocals
Matthew Corrigan Guitar, banjo, synth, vocals
Jay Corwin Upright bass

Years Active 2014 – Present

Latest Release “The Old Great Lakes” (June 2019)

Favorite Local Artist Oats Holy Roller

Current Album on Repeat Waxahatchee – “Saint Cloud” and Bob Dylan – “John Wesley Harding”

Currently Reading “The Town and The City” by Jack Kerouac


How is everyone holding up during this time?

We’re doing good, everyone is staying busy and healthy. Nathan is in Buffalo and I’m in Fillmore, NY. I’ve been out of work for about two weeks, so I’ve been trying to keep myself occupied as much as I can. Writing new music, experimenting, working on home projects etc. I feel lucky to be in a rural area right now that allows plenty of freedom and space while still upholding social distancing.

Are you working on anything new / specific at the moment?

We’ve both been writing and demoing a lot of new songs lately. We’re very excited about them, I think they’re the strongest batch of songs either of us has put forward.

What would you consider your Best Local Show Experience?

Our release show at Nietzsche’s for our second full-length album “Gambling Days” always sticks out to me as being special. I think it was our first show at a venue of that size and our first time playing with Jay Corwin in upright. I remember feeling as if we had finally broken through some barrier, either personal or musical. Almost like that was our FIRST show, you know?

Were you anywhere before Buffalo?

We started out playing while we lived in our hometown of Fillmore, NY. Then we spent some time living and working in Geneseo, NY before moving to Buffalo.

Craziest memory from touring?

On of our first trips out of state we were playing at a place in Johnson City, TN that was attached to a Laundromat. About 10 minutes before our set we found out that our car had been hit and ran while in the parking lot. So we had to play our set knowing this had happened and then immediately go next door to watch security camera footage in the Laundromat closet trying to figure who had hit us. We never did and our bumper was attached with zip-ties for 5 years after that.

What’s the biggest thing that your band could use help with?

I think that anything that allows us more time for making music is helpful. We’ve always booked our own tours and the work and promotion behind that is very time consuming. Any help that gets our music into people’s ears is valuable.

What has your recording experience been like?

We love recording. We’ve recorded albums in studios and at home and both have been rewarding. It’s a completely different headspace than touring and playing shows and one that I find really enriching. I think that recording “The Old Great Lakes” was probably the best I’ve ever felt about myself creatively and about the band creatively. We all brought the best of ourselves to those sessions.

What’s the next move?

We’re releasing “The Old Great Lakes” on vinyl in mid-April. It’s been a long time coming and our first time on vinyl, we’re honored and excited that it’s finally happening.

*Interview with Matthew Corrigan



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