Bird To Beast capture the very essence of what it means to be alive with their wistful tales of love, joy and togetherness. Woozy rhythms of psych-folk rest on a melodious bed of pop melodies that burst into life and haunt your very being, making it impossible not to get swept away by the music that this duo make. After the release of their self-titled début record late last year, Bird To Beast have further cemented why they are one of the most exciting folk pop acts in music right now.
We caught up with the band to discuss everything from their thoughts on the album, playing festivals, and much more.
You have a really interesting back story that involves singing at the Royal Wedding party and sheep farming, an unusual combination but a good story to tell. For people reading this that might be unfamiliar with each of your back stories and how you both met, can you give them a little summary?
We met playing music separately at a music festival held in our home town in Lancashire. Sam was working on a farm for the lambing period and I was singing backing vocals for Ellie Goulding. A couple of years later Ellie was asked to perform at the Royal wedding and asked her band to come along too! So we learnt lots of typical wedding songs and went to the palace for the most surreal gig of my life! We were sworn to secrecy about it but I told Sam obviously!
You are signed to MUK Records, an independent record label here in Manchester, how did they discover you? How is it working with them?
MUK are great they are very supportive as a label and a friendly bunch! Our manager put us in touch with the head of the label, we showed him some demos and we decided to record an album. Its a collective of like minded people and we feel lucky to have them.
You’ve just released your wonderful new single ‘Catacombs’. What’s the song about and for anyone that hasn’t already got a copy of your début album is the track a good introduction to what they can expect from it?
Yes I think it is a good introduction to what we are about. Lyrically it is fun and poignant, which is an unusual mixture I suppose! It’s about being married, love and morbidly- death!
Now that you have the perspective to look back upon your début record, what are your thoughts on it?
It depends what mood we are in! We tend not to listen to it anymore, when we were mixing the tracks we analysed and picked apart the tracks. We had to leave it alone for a while. But we are very proud of our first record. We learnt so much in the process!
Your summer is looking busy; you’ll be gracing numerous festival stages, both big stages and intimate stages, across the UK. This being your first full run of festivals as Bird To Beast, you must be really excited about getting out there and playing at these festivals?
So far I think we’ve played 5 festivals and have another 11 or so coming up. Its been an amazing experience to play together and travel around. We’ve been gathering fans at each festival and its quite humbling really! We are very excited for more!
What are your aspirations for Bird To Beast? What would you like to achieve with the band within the next 5 years or so?
We don’t really like to look too far ahead but of course we’d love to do this for as long as we can. Long may it continue!
We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?
There’s a fantastic band called Flyte who are knocking about London at the minute, and we also love Jo Rose from Manchester and Stefan Melbourne from Manchester too. It’s great getting to watch so much new music.
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