Describing themselves as a “dark cabaret,” Birdeatsbaby incorporates both classical and punk into something strange, haunting, and very catchy. Currently touring behind their acclaimed February release Feast Of Hammers and racking up YouTube hits with their horror-inspired music videos, Birdeatsbaby is building a diehard following.
Okay, the question I’m sure you’re tired of answering: How did you come up with your name?
Unfortunately it’s not a very exciting story…I think we tried to sum up something dark and morbid that suited the music we were making, and that combination of words popped out of Mishkin’s head one day. It sounds like a dodgy newspaper headline…but it definitely sticks in your head!
How did Birdeatsbaby get started?
Through the desire to create something totally original and exciting. We were all quite bored with the current music scene at the time, and all from different backgrounds so the unusual sound that is Birdeatsbaby sort of happened naturally.
We’ve gone through some big changes since the early days, but we still play the very first song we wrote.
Your music definitely has an eerie vibe to it. Is that something you set out to do?
Yes. Dark and eerie music is always more fun to play. Plus, I don’t think Mishkin is capable of writing anything else!
What are some of your influences, musical or otherwise?
Classical Music, Musical Theatre, Punk Rock, Heavy Metal and VODKA. The two bands we probably listen to the most of tour are Muse and Queen.
How much of your songwriting is based on personal experiences?
Hmmm… a little too much to mention I guess! The first album was written almost entirely by Mishkin, so a lot of those songs were based on her personal experiences; it was quite a cathartic record.
On the second album we combined forces lyrically on a few occasions so the lyrics are a bit mysterious and sometimes just plain random! We wanted this album to be less introverted and more for everyone to interpret as they wished…whether we’ve achieved this is another story!
You guys have a pretty unique sound. How would you describe it? Did you have a difficult time finding venues to play early on?
We STILL have difficulty finding venues! And other bands to share the stage with! We’re too heavy for folk, acoustic, piano-rock music and too light for punk, heavy metal or emo bands…trying to find something in the middle that sounds anything like us is so hard. We pretty much organize our own shows now for that reason, and we find the bands we’d like to play with. For example, Marcella and The Forget Me Nots are fantastic to play with. Our music matches perfectly but is not too similar either.
If you have any other suggestions please let us know!
I would describe our sound as ‘alternative classical punk rock’, but that’s a bit of a mouthful, and I still don’t think it sums us up!
How has the reception been for Feast of Hammers?
Good! Well our last album was in 2009 so three years is a long time to make our fans wait…we wanted to get it right! I think people have enjoyed it, and we’ll see what happens as we tour the record. We’re definitely not going to wait that long to put out album number three though!
Are you working on new material? What’s next musically?
Of course! We have about 4 new songs for the next record written, and will be aiming for a 10 track album with some b-sides very soon, but it’s still in early stages. 2013 we’ll have another record out.
Mishkin also has a solo record coming out later this year so if you can’t wait for the next BEB one, that’ll be out soon.
Apart from that, we’re touring the USA and Europe during June/July so see you on the road! All tour-dates are up here: www.birdeatsbaby.co.uk/tour-dates.