Interview - Birdman Cult

Birdman cult is a band from Bristol, UK. Let's have a little chat with the guys to talk about their music.

- Hi guys and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Whisky sunburn.
It was written during the lockdown in a pretty tense and surreal time politically speaking. It felt like a crescendo of shit that had been backed up since 2016 finally was released from the arse of the world and hit the proverbial fan. The 'right' became more publicly extreme and the 'left' rallied against that with a moral crusade waged mainly online or by stapling their tits to a tractor. Essentially I just noticed (like most people) that intolerance was on the rise once again. Gender and sexual politics was all over the media and incels were getting more of a mouthpiece, race riots in the way of BLM, and the more general generational mistrust between boomers, millennials and Gen z. It just felt like disdain and hatred became paramount in a time when we should really just see each other as humans and drop the agendas. but what do I know I'm an idealist not particular up on politics, I just think common human decency has faded into the background as of late.

- What do you write about?

This track aside, we aren't, as I touched on earlier, that political. I like to rant about stuff and I'm a gobshite so whatever is happening and coming up around us usually comes out on record. but I guess we write about what people have always been obsessed with, Love, Sex, and Death L.S.D...and the occasional dinner lady sexcapade.

- How would you describe your sound?

sleazy garage rock with a dollop of mouldy punk

- What do you listen to when you are home?
lately I'm listening to quite experimental British hip-hop, Onoe Capone, Casisdead. Bands wise I find new stuff all the time but still unearth classics like the la's first album which I'm listening to right now.
other stuff like Angelic Upstarts, lil ugly mane, Viagra Boys, Black Angels.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
just before lockdown we headlined our first sold-out show in Bristol where we're from. I think that was a factor but also it was just before the no live gigs drought that covid bought so it felt significant

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
ok, I guess this is more tragic comedy than laugh out loud, but our first gig was in Cardiff and we went full of beans because we knew the venue was cool. when we got there it was dead, nobody, I mean maybe one or two bar staff. we started playing it was late and the only people who came in were because it was raining, there was a guy on a stagg do dress as Jessica rabbit handcuffed to a 'little person dressed as Roger rabbit. if that wasn't bad enough they got into a fight and ruined our set...told you it was tragic.

- Your favourite albums?
The Last Waltz - The Band
Death Song - Black Angels
MFTC 3 - Task Force
Labour Days - Aesop Rock
Porn Again - Smut Peddlers
Alexander - Alex Ebert

these always change though...

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
I'd like to have a pint with Mac Demarco, he seems like a nice and funny sorta bloke

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
a packet of pickled onion space raiders and a Turkish delight for puddin'

- What are your plans for the next future?
We'll continue gigging maybe a UK tour and releasing a few more singles perhaps but we have a bigger release in mind soon.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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