Today we meet Birdpen and this is a band with something to say about our current state of affairs, so unplug all your other stuff, turn off your phone, and tune in for a while to the music of Birdpen .
Following up from the first single “The Chairman” BirdPen release their second single from the album of the same name, O’ Mighty Vision.O’ Mighty Vision is a song about falseness and all the leading powers in the world. They pretend to care, they don’t. They say they will change, they won’t. They keep secrets and keep us fed on their words of false safety and security. They say that we are everything and together we can complete a Mighty Vision. Who’s vision are we seeing out? Yours or theirs? Musically if you’ve ever wondered what Beach House would sound like had they ever gotten hold of a Roland 808, then O’ Mighty Vision will answer your question. It’s an amalgamation of beautifully layered guitars and razor sharp mechanical beats.The track was written, recorded and produced by Dave Pen and Mike Bird at The Barn in The New Forest, UK and mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.
for those unfamiliar with your history, can you tell us you decided to give this whole music thing a shot?
Mike and I Started making videos and live visuals for other bands under the name BirdPen whilst being in another group. That group split up so we made a Demo EP in a couple of days and then sent it out to some labels and straight away had some interest so we thought we were onto something, little did we know it would then take loads of rejections and close but no cigar moments over many years to get to where we are now.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Boards of Canada, Flaming Lips, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, British Sea Power, Richard Hawley, The Verve.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Supporting Grant Lee Phillips acoustically on tour a few years ago. We didn’t have a band so it was just Mike and I, two guitars and a Keyboard. Grant Lee Buffalo were a huge influences to us and myself when I was younger. Mighty Joe Moon kept me sane whilst working for a complete twat in London when I was an apprentice electrician. I once wrote HELP ME in reverse ! on a massive condensation’d shop window whilst listening to that album so to then support Grant Lee a few years later was a lovely moment. Gutted that volcano ash cloud cancelled the gigs in Ireland though.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
We just want to play more shows and hopefully reach a wider audience that appreciates what we are doing. We enjoy doing what we do so we want to carry on that way putting music out as much as we can whilst we can.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
David Bowie – Blackstar
Antlers – Familiars
Public Service Broadcasting – Everest EP
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George Harrison – All Things Must Pass 40th Anniversary.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
It is a total pain in the arse but its still something that needs to be done. I do think its almost over though in a way as artists are better off driving their fans and people to their own websites if they can. Its kind of coming full circle again I hope. Facebook is a con, Instagram is just Pictures and Twitter is limited (but personally my favourite). With all the social media these days it can easily kill a bands mystique as you can see so much so quickly. I remember only seeing bands in magazines or on the television so when you went to see them live it was a complete overload on the senses seeing them in the flesh and thinking “fuck me they are actually real!!!” times have changed and this is what it is now but we can still try and make things our own and unique which I think people who give a shit will like that a band is trying to do something on their own.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
We try and turn it Off but where we are self sufficient in a lot of aspects i.e. self managed and self produced etc we do see a lot of the feedback on our music. It would be nice to be in a position where we had no idea what people thought but we aren’t. Positive stuff is always ok and negative stuff we have to just laugh really. We’ve had some scathing reviews and a constant comparison to fucking Coldplay! How does a song like The Underground sound like Fucking Coldplay??? HA! Maybe we’ll end up playing the Super Bowl too? When I say The Super Bowl I mean the bowling alley in Bitterne in Southampton.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
We’ve been asked to play in Tahiti. So there I guess.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
As I said in a previous question about Grant Lee Buffalo , Damn right that music can save your mortal soul!!
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Keep On Trucking!