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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is an American garage rock / math rock band born in Morgantown, WV, and currently based out of New York City and Wenzhou, China. Formed in 2012, vocalist/guitarist Christopher Henry (an ESL teacher in Wenzhou) and drummer Roman Meisenberg (a NYC-based photographer) have maintained a prolific stream of DIY releases and touring activity, despite their frequent time apart (12 time zones apart to be precise). After a brief stint as a trio with bassist/vocalist Michelle Fincham, who is featured on the January 2014 EP The Cymbal Barks Louder Than You, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY forged ahead as a duo, embarking on their "Jet-lag Revival Tour" followed by the Li EP in October 2014 (recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Klemm of Akron, Ohio’s Maid Myriad). June 2015 saw the release of the Future Teller EP, at which point the band began working on material for a full-length record.
Crafted over frequent Megabus treks between New York and Morgantown, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s debut LP, Touchless Automatic, was released in April 2016. Touring was not possible at this time as Christopher had recently graduated and accepted a job as an ESL teacher in Wenzhou, China. The following year, in April of 2017, Roman travelled to Wenzhou for FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s first international tour. "Spring Roll 2017" spanned two weeks and 8 cities in southern China (Wenzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Changsha, Nanchang, Xuzhou, Shanghai - watch "Live in Shanghai” via the FYB YouTube channel).
In October 2017, Roman returned to Wenzhou to play more shows and work on new material. A selection of these sessions was released June 8, 2018, as Maydays, quickly selling out during the course of the "Maydays Tour".
"“Afterlife” drips with an earnest sound that is as catchy as it is sneeringly in-your-face. It reminds me of when I used to stay up late in high school, recording college radio shows to cassette, and just hoping the DJ actually says what they’re playing. This is the type of song that I would have loved to find on Napster and force my friends to listen to. In the age of crystal clear production in million-dollar studios, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is a welcome throwback to a time when bands just said “Fuck it. Let’s record an album and hit the road.”" - Toilet ov Hell
"Weaving together elements of garage, math, pop and indie rock with dashes of post-hardcore edge here and there, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY seem to be masters at all things catchy and eclectic. With its slow-burning verses, massive guitar chords, and earworm choruses, “Cargo Shorts” is what would happen if Weezer had more balls. From the angular pop of “Afterlife” to the dreamlike passages of “Ho Chi Minh”, Maydays is a delightfully volatile half-our rock record." - Svbterranean