Grandfather Birds – Interview

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Grandfather Birds

Can you take us back to what first got you into music, what inspired you to start writing your own songs and how did the band get together?
We did the usual thing really, started our own bands in high school just for fun. But let’s be honest, us boys all join a band because we want girls to like us. Now our facebook statistics page tells us that we have more male fans than female. It’s at about 75% male. So we have cut our hair.

For anyone who hasn’t heard your music how would you describe it?
Well, it’s not music that gets girls interested and men jealous. Autumnal Indie Pop is my favourite review to date.

Where did the name Grandfather Birds come from?
A book that we didn’t write. Sir Terry Pratchett wrote it. It’s from the only Pratchett book I’ve ever read. Don’t hate on me.

You’ve had a good year so far, what have been the highlights and what are you looking forward to for later in the year?
Releasing the single was a load of fun. And touring it in May was a right old hoot. We’ve done a lotof fun things so far it’d be hard to pin point the best. Right now, we have a few gigs to do then we’re definitely taking some time out to record and write new music.

Music from the North East is attracting a lot of attention at the moment with the help of organizations like Generator and Amazing Radio based in Newcastle. How much do you feel a part of the North East music scene? Which bands would you recommend checking out?
I guess there is a scene in Newcastle but it’s definitely not genre specific which is great. I like that we’re part of it too. If you haven’t already, check out Arcs & Trauma, Mr Blazey, Baskin’s Wish, Nately’s Whores Kid Sister, Richard Dawson, Lanterns on the Lake, & Young Liar.

You can follow some of these bands on Twitter
Baskin’s Wish @Baskinswish
Lanterns on the Lake @lanternstalk
Young Liar @young_liar

The others you may need to go round their houses and knock on their doors to see if they are coming out to play.

With the growth of music sharing on the internet it’s much easier to discover new music through platforms such as Soundcloud or Spotify. Have you made any new musical discoveries you can recommend?
Toro Y Moi & Timber Timbre are my personal favourites as of late.

Timber Timbre @Timber_Timbre

Where can people see you live next ?
This Thursday with our good fellows Polarsets at the Riverside in Newcastle. It’s been a while since we’ve played with them and there’ll be a load of free beers so it’s bound to be a laugh.

What’s next for Grandfather Birds ?
I don’t know about the rest of the lads, but I’m going to make myself a cup of tea and then go for a jog. But as mentioned before, we’re going to write and record stuff and leave the gigging out for a wee while.

Anything else to declare?
Sloths move so slow that moss can grow on them. Poor little mossy buggers.


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