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THE RECOMMENDER – GRANDFATHER BIRDS

GRANDFATHER BIRDS

This five piece from Newcastle are carving out something fresh and enjoyable on the northern circuits, getting described by some as progressive indie.  Any genre with the words ‘progressive’, or ‘prog’, attached to it usually makes us wince at the potential self-indulgence, but this band create music that has plenty of breathing space and never stares at its own shoes for too long.  They generate stacks of melody, as each tune arrives in waves of charm and sophistication.  This is music that gets the girl simply by winning over the parents first.  On the track, The Waves Roll Back And Forth, they stay in first gear, creating more of an atmosphere than a song, with a Brian Eno-styled ambience, but don’t be fooled into thinking that there’s no meat on the bones of this band.  On their stand out track, The Woods, it begins with a gentle refrain of fear, that kicks into a full paranoid march after a minute and a half, as the pace strikes up.  The dissident lyrics “don’t want to go to work anymore” share a complaint that most of us have felt at some point in our lives, especially on a Monday morning.  It’s a fantastic piece of well-rounded work, self-released by them earlier this year.  The song Grandfather’s Bones once again starts by creeping up slowly like an incoming tide, before finding its full flow and climaxing in a smash of cymbals.  This is a band that makes full use of its numbers, regularly making their songs very much feel like there’s five people contributing.  The stand out instrument though is the lead guitar, which tinkers up front like a star striker, often starting and closing each tune.  We are pretty sure it’s unintentional, but their tune, Higher Bridges, has the timeless riff from Tears For Fears‘ tune, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, wound throughout it.  This is no bad thing and is the kind of delightful element that will continue to gain them attention – something that’s already had Tom Robinson give them some 6 Music airplay and a listing as a ‘featured artist’ on NME.com’s Breakthrough section.  The North East continues to produce some the UK’s most interesting music, (did it ever stop?), with bands well equipped to make the rest of us sit up and take note.  On the current evidence, Grandfather Birds are set to be near the front of the charge as one of the most mature and interesting of the lot.    (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        GRANDFATHER BIRDS  – THE WOODS

Hear them here:        GRANDFATHER BIRDS – HIGHER BRIDGES (NYMARKS BIRDHOUSE REMIX)

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4 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – GRANDFATHER BIRDS”


  1. September 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Nice songs you have here…I will be adding them to my playlists…thank you!…

  2. 2 Geoff
    September 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Hey, I saw these guys in London earlier this year and they blew me away!

    Seriously go see these guys if they play a gig near you, you won’t be disappointed.

    Apparently they’ll be touring soon cos they’re releasing an album or something, let’s hope they come to London again.

  3. September 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    hey,

    stu from grandfather birds here,

    thanks for the kind words. i love the fact you’ve noticed the tears for fears bit (i often tell matt our singer that this is the greatest song ever written but he thinks i’m taking the piss)

    just a heads up but we’re a four piece now, our friend iain has left the band to concentrate on other things and grow up and get a mortgage and that (rock n’ roll eh?)

    we’re currently recording higher bridges and two other tunes for a new release. if you’d like to know more about it, feel free to check out our facebook/myspace or our tumblr (which is a bit more personal)

    once again thank-you for the kind encouraging words. we hope to come to brighton/london very soon and see you in person 🙂

    x x x x


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