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Music For Dead Birds

Music for Dead Birds
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Music for Dead Birds performing at the Roisin Dubh, Galway.
Background information
OriginGalway, Ireland
GenresIndie folk, lo fi, indie rock, anti-folk
Instrumentsvoice, guitar, drums
2007 - present
LabelsRusted Rail
Websitewww.musicfordeadbirds.eu
MembersJimmy Monaghan, Dónal Walsh
Brianna Monaghan

Music for Dead Birds are an anti-folk band from Galway and County Mayo, Ireland. Its members are Jimmy Monaghan (Vocals, Guitar) and Dónal Walsh (Drums).[1][2]

Debut Album and Criticism

In April, 2009, Music for Dead Birds released their debut album "And then it rained for seven days" on the Irish independent record label Rusted Rail.[3] The album was self produced by the band and was mainly recorded using a 4-track tape deck. General reception of the album from critics was good, Foxy Digitalis commented : " The additional album info describes the recording as taking place in "various sheds, attics & bedrooms in Galway and Mayo." The end result represents clear intentions and highly creative song writing and recording techniques."[4] However, it was also criticised for its lo-fi quality.[5] The album currently has a 1.49 rating on Rate Your Music.[6] The song Four Years From Now went on to feature on the soundtrack of the German Science Fiction movie Centerland, which was released by Jellyfant Records in 2013.[7]

"The Pope's Sister"

In October 2011 the group released a new 10 track album titled "The Pope's Sister". The album was a departure from their usual, acoustic based sound.[8]AU Magazine said : "Over ten short tracks - each one as good as the next - Jimmy Monaghan and co meld Beta Band-esque charm with boldly erratic time signatures and disaffected fuzz."[9]Terrascope also praised the album stating: "By the time you get to "Release the Dogs" you find you are fully immersed in the album, the twisted guitar lines hooking you in with relentless ease."[10] It was listed by Irish radio DJ Dan Hegarty as one of the top 50 Irish albums of 2011.[11]

"Vitamins"

The group's third album "Vitamins" was released on 17 April 2014, by the band's own Ghost Home Recordings label, as both a digital download and a limited edition CD run of 100 copies.[12] Lead track The Farmer's Corn was broadcast by 2fm in Ireland[13] and 2SER in Australia.[14] A music video was produced for the track Magic Witch which received some media attention for its dark content.[15]

Live

They have given live performances regularly, often as an opening act for artists such as Lite (band), Angus & Julia Stone[16]Woodpigeon (band)[17], And So I Watch You From Afar[18] & Girl Band (Irish band)[19] in Galway & Mayo. They have also appeared at 93 Feet East in London,[20] The Space (Connecticut)[21] & The Living Room in New York.[22]

Discography

Albums

EP's

  • "The Day The Water Ran Out", 2009. CD EP.[24]
  • "Black Tides Falling", 2010. Digital EP.[25]
  • "Your Brand New Life", 2015. CD EP.[26]
  • "Nail & Tooth EP", 2017. Digital EP [27]

Singles

  • "English Weed", 2015. Digital single.[28]

Compilations

  • Ball of Wax Vol. 12 [29]
  • Eardrums Music compilation [30]
  • Ball of Wax Vol. 36 [31]
  • Centerland OST, 2013

References

  1. ^ "Music For Dead Birds to release debut mini-album".
  2. ^ ATL. "BBC - Across the Line: That New Band Smell - Deerstalker".
  3. ^ "Rusted Rail - Music for Dead Birds". www.rustedrail.com.
  4. ^ http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/reviews.php?which=4942
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/music_for_dead_birds[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ https://jellyfant.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/today-centerland-exhibition-and-ost-release-party/
  8. ^ "Music For Dead Birds release new album".
  9. ^ https://archive.is/20130126041628/http://iheartau.com/2012/02/music-for-dead-birds-the-popes-sister/. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "© Terrascope Rumbles for March 2012". www.terrascope.co.uk.
  11. ^ https://archive.is/20130217192050/http://2fm.rte.ie/blogs/dan_hegarty/2011/12/dans-top-50-irish-albums-of-2011.html. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "HugeDomains.com - MusicForDeadBirds.com is for sale (Music For Dead Birds)". www.musicfordeadbirds.com.
  13. ^ http://www.rte.ie/2fm/dan-hegarty-the-alternative/programmes/2014/1215/666915-dan-hegarty-the-alternative-monday-15-december-2014/?clipid=1754500
  14. ^ http://www.2ser.com/news-a-events/events/item/9208-sideways-through-sound-june-11-2014-imaginational-anthem
  15. ^ "Watch: Music for Dead Bird's song, Magic Witch". 6 November 2014.
  16. ^ "St Stephen's Night spectacular at Finbar Hoban presents".
  17. ^ "Shows - Woodpigeon-Songbook - Page 30". www.woodpigeon-songbook.com.
  18. ^ "The Mayo News". www.mayonews.ie.
  19. ^ "Girl Band come to Garbo's in Castlebar next Saturday".
  20. ^ "HOG RECORDS PRESENTS: MUSIC ARCADE - NEW KID IN TOWN + CRISTOPHER JOHNSON + JIMMY MONAGHAN + FORTLINE + MORE TBC". Eventful.
  21. ^ "Glint - Ribbons - Half Estatic - Music for Dead Birds". Eventful.
  22. ^ http://www.livingroomny.com/artist/music-dead-birds
  23. ^ "music for dead birds - vitamins". www.themodernfolk.net.
  24. ^ http://www.psychedelicfolk.com/guitar14.html
  25. ^ http://harmlessnoise.ie/2010/12/best-free-music-of-2010/
  26. ^ "Music For Dead Birds to open October Citóg gigs".
  27. ^ http://www.puremzine.com/music-for-dead-birds-nail-tooth-ep/
  28. ^ "Watch: Music For Dead Birds - English Weed". 10 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Volume 12 - Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly". ballofwax.org.
  30. ^ http://www.eardrumspop.com/2009/04/29/birdsongs-beesongs-volume-d/
  31. ^ "Ball of Wax 36 Songs: Music for Dead Birds - "A Better View" - Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly". ballofwax.org.

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