“The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song, their 5th full-length, is a messy long-haul of emotions dealing with the death of founding member and violinist Noel Sayre, and the aftermath of memory, shock, and loss it created. It recalls lessons learned in 9th grade Health class — DABDA (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance). Without a textbook, however, The Black Swans are not so orderly. The guitars and banjo and vocals and drums and bass sound out dark thoughts, sad thoughts, silly thoughts, angry thoughts, and buckets of depression almost all at once. This is an album about loss, death, and trying to get to the acceptance at the end of grief.”

The band hits Pittsburgh tonight at the T’Bird coming off a positive review from Pitchfork last week of their latest release, “Occasion for a Song” from Misra Records. My thanks to the band’s songwriter Jerry DeCicca for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Jerry. I’m with you on Springsteen albums of late. It seems that the people who love them are just plain lying or something?