Welsh four-piece Birdcage have just released their new EP ‘Let Me Think’ on November 11th.
Having already shared tracks ‘You, My Heavy Star’ and ‘Paint Your Face’, you can now listen to the full four track release in all its noisy, fuzzy and infectiously catchy glory.
‘Let Me Think’ is the band’s fourth EP and was recorded over three days at Middle Farm Studios, Devon, with producer Pete Miles (Gengahr, The Computers, Young Kato). It was the first time they had ever worked with anyone outside of the band which they regarded as a “refreshing experience.
Meet = Birdcage
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
Alex – We’ve been a band for just over 3 year, we started initially as end of year project whilst I was at Uni, I asked Liam (who’s also my brother) if he wanted to help out, he played drums and guitar on the recordings, then I asked Ed if he wanted to play bass. The experiment went well so we decided to carry on and record and play more, Liam decided he’d rather stick to guitar so we got a drummer onboard, who was the first of many it seems haha, Casey is now in band though, we can’t imagine life without him so I think he’s the one….
2) Who would you list as your musical influence?
Alex – We all listen to loads of different stuff in the band, but the stuff I was listening to whilst making the EP was powerpop like Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, Weezer and The Byrds.
Liam – Grunge has always been a big influence on us as Me and Alex listened to it from an early age. Bands like Smashing pumpkins, Nirvana and Soundgarden really influenced our attitudes towards loud/quiet sections. I love metal as well. Sabbath are kings. I guess that trickles through.
3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
Alex – For me it was when we got the chance to open up for Swervedriver last year, I always used to steal their album Mezcal Head from my dad’s collection and it’s always been one of my favourites. We got to have a beer with them afterwards and quiz them on guitar pedals which was cool.
4) What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
Alex – I guess it would be to finally get chance to do a European tour, playing in countries we’ve never played in before, partly because I want to see more countries and playing shows would just be a bonus.
Liam – I would love to see our music hit a wider audience also. Just to have fun and play as many new places as possible.
5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years ?
Alex – I’m really loving the new album by Margaret Glaspy – Emotional Math. I hadn’t heard of her before so she’s a completely new find for me. She’s got the best guitar sound I’ve heard for ages.
Liam – I really love the band Eagulls. Their album Ullages is definitely my album of 2016. Very post punk. Taylor Swift is abit of alright too.
6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Alex – I just see it as something we HAVE to do. But there is a lot of pressure for bands to constantly post on things Facebook and Twitter. I love using Instagram as a band, that’s really fun, you can sort of post as and when with instagram.
7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off ?
Alex – At this point yeah, I read pretty much everything I see about us. I suppose if it got out of hand and all the critics started writing about us I wouldn’t, but at this point it doesn’t really matter.
Liam – hearing feedback is really important. If you ignore it you can’t grow as a band. It’s also very important to just write and play what you love though, otherwise it’s pointless. Even if that’s a huge cliche.
8 ) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
Alex – I’d love to go to Japan, they just seem to treat live music completely differently to the way we do in the UK, not that we don’t appreciate it but they seem to appreciate it to a whole new level.
Liam – anywhere where people are going to enjoy it and party after haha.
9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Alex – I think it can save the mortal soul yes, it also makes a good backbeat to life if that’s all you want it for.
Liam – what?
10) Any last thoughts for your fans?
Our new EP – Let Me Think is out on 11th of November so go and check that out if you haven’t already.