Birdeatsbaby will surprise you. Their sound is far from what you might expect, given their gruesome choice of name; you could be forgiven for assuming this is some brand of screaming, thrashing, hardcore metal. Nothing however could be further from reality. Instead, Birdeatsbaby are dark, gothic cabaret, full of ethereal vocals, brooding piano and violin. This is still not music for those who like to play it safe – it features an experimental twist at every turn, dragging the classical kicking and screaming to a melancholy modern day.
February 2012 sees the release of Birdeatsbaby’s second album Feast Of Hammers. The title track is now available on Youtube with a video that makes for unusual and somewhat disturbing viewing. For this macabre video, the band have teamed up with producer Jason Rubal, who has also created visual work boasts the likes of Dresden Dolls and The Cure.
Birdeatsbaby have some seriously impressive credentials under their belts. They have received airtime on both Radio 6 Music and BBC local radio, and they also performed at this year’s Secret Garden Party festival. Not ones for resting on their laurels, this Brighton quartet have also just completed a mini tour of Ireland as well holding a few UK dates. Among the band’s already steadfast fans are BBC’s Tom Robinson and The Independent’s Simon Price.
Birdeatsbaby will be a treat for those who crave something different and dark, cabaret and noir. As for the rest, it is a case of Marmite syndrome; you will either love them or hate them.