Interview with Birdeatsbaby!

Photo: Polly Harvey – Polstar Photography

Birdeatsbaby is an alt-classical-punk four-piece outfit from the UK. Consisting of Mishkin, Charlie, Garry and Keely. What I was going to state here has already been said before, so I don’t mind if I don’t. I got the opportunity to talk to Mishkin about philosophy, the music industry, beer, what they’ve got in store for us in the future and much more.

You’re featured on the compilation “A Dark Cabaret 2”, what made you participate in that compilation?
– We were offered a slot on the compilation from Sam Rosenthal who runs Projekt Records – I first heard about the genre Dark Cabaret through the first compilation and loved it, so a chance to be on the second one was an easy decision! I’m sure it’s given us a lot of exposure and new fans too so it was great to have that opportunity.

Why do you think is the reason that you’ve got more fans in Europe and the US than England?
– I’m not sure… I do think that the ‘klezmer’ or ‘gypsy punk’ element in our music is more popular in Europe anyway so perhaps that’s why. Also the UK music scene is a little saturated, too many bands and venues and not enough quality. We seem to have an unusual amount of fans in Mexico, I’m not sure how that happened but I imagine the cabaret scene is pretty big there!

I saw on twitter that you wanted to get together and play with Jill Tracy, how come? Is she a big inspiration to you?
– I heard Jill on the Dark Cabaret 1 compilation, I think our music would work quite well together as we’ve similar instrumentation but deliver in completely different ways. I would just love the opportunity to work with someone who has a similar approach to music, and to perhaps collaborate in some way, it could be amazing to duet with her!

What would be your philosophical inspiration, are you all a bunch of Kantians or do you follow the teachings of Aristotle? Tell me!
– Philosophy? Wow that’s a tough one. I don’t think any of us follow Kant or Aristotle, our philosophy would be ‘make music, party hard and don’t be a dickhead’. …or something like that, only more clever sounding!

Aesthetically speaking, what would be your inspiration? You seem to have a somewhat dark approach, yet everyone automatically puts you in the dark cabaret-compartment. How would you define yourselves aesthetically?
– We would define our music as a blend of classical, punk rock, cabaret and progressive. It’s very hard to categorize so I think that’s why everyone labels us as Dark Cabaret, which isn’t the worst description! We prefer ‘alt-classical punk’ though! The dark element mostly comes from the lyrics, especially our earlier work.

What do you think about the releases you’ve put out there up until now, I mean, you as in yourselves and not as in music-critics?
– We are very proud of our current release – I think it sums us up so much better than our first album, which is very manic. This record is more defined, better executed and slightly more mature (very slightly, haha). Feast of Hammers is definitely how we would like to present ourselves to the world, as we feel it’s our best work so far, and more in keeping with the direction in which we’re moving.

I always try to put in a question about the music industry, some artists are positive towards it and others are more cynical. But what do you think about it?
– It has it’s ups and downs like everything. On one hand we can reach people all over the world through the magical internet. On the other hand, making a living has never been harder – I don’t think we’ll ever be rich and famous, but we’d prefer not to be constantly broke!

– We work incredibly hard to put our music out there, it’s really nice to have a bunch of fans who appreciate us. Schemes like X Factor and BGT are quite depressing as it’s just a massive money-making plot and seems to take precedence over hard-working musicians and real artists. I guess that would be our only gripe, it’s not all bad!

Since you seem to be drinking a lot, what would be your tip for the best pub in Britain? And also abroad?
– Excellent question! Best pubs in Brighton would have to be The Foundry for it’s excellent Guinness and surroundings, The Great Eastern for great beers and atmosphere, or The Ranelagh for amazing staff, music and a great night out. Abroad? Generally everywhere we’ve been drinking in Europe was a winner. German and Dutch beer is best.

What would then be your favorite beer?
– Tyskie or Orangeboum…

Do you have any recommendations on bands that have recently emerged, that you like very much?
– Recently emerged? Gabby and Other Young Animals, Marcella & The Forget Me Nots and She Makes War. All female led alternative types who rock.

Have you got any new releases planned for this year? And where will we, most likely, see you the nearest weeks or months?
– We should have another single coming off the new record, and we play London on the 27th April with Joe Black and Ribbon. All tour-dates for the summer (when we go to USA and Europe) will be revealed on our website shortly.

What is your favorite record of late 2011 and early 2012 that you would recommend with the uttermost sincerity?
– For 2011 we would have to say Marcella & The Forget Me Nots – Born Beautiful. It is a heartfelt stunning rock album with unusual instrumentation and timeless songs. My personal favourite is ‘No, Billy Please’. For 2012 the Band of Skulls new record is pretty sweet, but there’s so much more music to come… We’ll have to see!

Thank you for participating, do you have any wise philosophical advice to my readers?
– Thank you! Hmmm… How about ‘live life, drink beer and listen to Birdeatsbaby.’ …Please don’t blame us for any strange consequences though!

Birdeatsbabys newest video, of the song Incitatus:

You can find them hiding out over here:

Homepage: http://www.birdeatsbaby.co.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/birdeatsbaby

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/birdeatsbaby

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/birdeatsbaby

Last.FM: http://www.last.fm/music/Birdeatsbaby

Bandcamp: http://birdeatsbaby.bandcamp.com/

Interview with the Thrill Warriors!

Thrill Warriors is a band based in the rockier parts of Sweden. They first started out in 2007, and after numerous changes in their line-up, they’ve managed to have a relatively stable group consisting of Luvan Loud, Linda Lockdown, Fist for Fight, Jenna Jail and Honey Highway. With straight-forward bluesy rock ‘n roll carnage, they’ll continue to plow through the underground scene. Unfortunetly, they haven’t released any debutalbum yet, but in the future they’ll maybe consider it. I got the possibility to interview Luvan Loud, who told me all the great stories I needed to hear. Are you still reading this? Down with your eyes, focus – and see what she had to say!

Hey Thrill Warriors! Could you give me a brief history of your band?
– Thrill Warriors was formed back in the spring of 2007. The previous bass player (Mini Maneater) and Luvan (Loud, drums) knew each other from a previous band and after that band split up Mini suggested they’d start a new one. By Valborg (April 30th, big holiday here in Sweden. Basically just another reason to get shitfaced without feeling guilty about it) there were 4 members – Mini Maneater, Luvan Loud, Jenna Jail & FF Fight – and material was being written. Since then we’ve gone through quite a few line-up changes. Linda Lockdown has been with us on bass for about 2.5 years now.

What made you pick names like “Luvan Loud”, “Linda Lockdown”, “Fist For Fight”, “Jenna Jail” and “Honey Highway”? Are these names representing
different aspects matching the rock’n’roll attitude, or is it merely a reflection of your personal attributes?

– Well, it all started as a joke at some point way back. I can’t even remember now but surely we must have been quite drunk. It’s become a big part of what we are now though and these “characters” are our alter egos. We step into these roles when we hit the stage. Trust me, these alliteration-warriors are not people you’d like to meet in a dark alley at night. They’re violent, nasty and loud, but they put on a hell of a live show, so we’ve kept ’em.

It seems like you’ve drawn a lot of influence from the movie “The Warriors”, was this intentional or not?
– To be honest, we hadn’t even seen that movie when we formed the band and named it “Thrill Warriors” but a year or two ago we started getting alot of those “Oh, were you inspired by ‘The Warriors’?”-questions. We grew into what we are quite unintentionally. What we are and what we play comes from influences all over. It’s taken us 5 years to really understand what music we want to play. Today the whole ‘The Warriors’-influence is not so unintentional though, hehe. We do use a soundclip from the movie as our intro before we go on stage and a lot of our lyrics are influenced by gangs and all that may mean.

When I scoured the internet I didn’t find one single interview with you, how is this even possible when you play such awesome music?
– First off: thank you! We haven’t done a lot of interviews, really. Mainly for local news papers and such, I think.

I also saw that you’ve been played over at FatCat Radio, did they contact you or did you submit your music to them?
– I’m trying to remember how it started… I should mention I have the memory of a gold fish. I think we got contacted by Fat Cat… ‘The Swede’ has always been very supportive and has been playing us on there for years and for that we’re really grateful! Internet-radio is a great way to reach out to a lot of people and I think people (in bands) in general tend to underestimate that medium.

Are you still unsigned or have there been anyone that wants to sign you yet?
– We haven’t felt ready yet, but I guess you never do, haha!

What gig has been the best so far since you’ve started, and which one has been the worst?
– Best one is easy: We did a gig on ‘Alarmscenen’ at Sweden Rock ’09. Most fun gig to date, definitely! Really good crowd. The whole gig just had a very good vibe to it. Worst one is a bit more difficult but for us on stage, there was this one sound tech guy right when we had just started playing. Let’s just say… he was a bit of an ass. Lately we’ve been blessed with really good and kind sound-techs though.

I really dig your band-picture with the moustaches, how and why did you come up with that idea?
– We really dig mustaches. Most of us would probably grow one if we could. Unfortunately none of us were blessed with the genes for it though. There were a few different reasons for the mustaches. The first one being, well, we really dig mustaches. Another big one was we’re incredibly sick of being labeled as a ‘girl-band’ or ‘all-female metal band’ – those labels really say nothing about the music. We see ourselves as a heavy metal band.

What do you think about the current state of music, primarily in Sweden? Could you recommend some lesser known but rocking bands that you listen to yourself?
– Sweden has a really good music life. Always had and hopefully always will. There are so many good bands here just waiting for you to turn up at their gigs! Friends and favourites of ours from our old hometown are the ‘Pikkadolls’. Their singer really has an amazing voice! I usually describe their music as “doom punk”. (make sure to listen to ‘Diminished life expectance’ if you think doom punk sounds interesting) Some other bands we really dig are: Brutus, In Solitude, Bombus and Antichrist.

It’s really a shame that your Holland-tour didn’t go as predicted, you say you’ll be “back with a hell of a summer”, what do you mean by that? Will there be a new tour?
– Oh yeah, jeez. This was last year. A lot of people were really bummed that the tour got cancelled, as were we of course. There are no current tour plans for now.

Is the album “As heard from hell” your debutalbum or have you released material before that?
– ‘As hears from hell’ is actually the intro for ‘Witchin” which is on the ‘Fuel for rage’ cassette. We have yet to release an album.

You’ll be releasing new material this year, could you tell me more about it?
– We hope to! We have a few ideas in mind. Nothing big probably but we do have quite a lot of unreleased material. Best way to hear any of it is to catch us live because we’re always too broke to go into the studio, haha!

Where will you be playing this year and what do you have in mind for the future?
– Well, right now we’re trying out stand-in guitarists for Fight who’s backpacking her way through South America all throughout the summer. As soon as we’ve found the perfect stad-in-warrior we’ll start booking gigs again. Everywhere and anywhere! We love to play.

Do you have any last words of wis(beer)dom?
– You get what you deserve, not what you want. So fight for what you want until you deserve it.

Here’s the Thrill Warriors with the song I Do:

You can find them rocking out over here:

Official homepage: http://www.thrillwarriors.com/

Facebook: http://sv-se.facebook.com/thrillwarriors

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thrillwarriors