Music for Dead Birds
|Genres||Indie folk, lo fi, indie rock, anti-folk|
|Instruments||voice, guitar, drums|
|2007 - present|
|Members||Jimmy Monaghan, Dónal Walsh|
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. 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." However, it was also criticised for its lo-fi quality. The album currently has a 1.49 rating on Rate Your Music. 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.
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.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."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." It was listed by Irish radio DJ Dan Hegarty as one of the top 50 Irish albums of 2011.
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. Lead track The Farmer's Corn was broadcast by 2fm in Ireland and 2SER in Australia. A music video was produced for the track Magic Witch which received some media attention for its dark content.
They have given live performances regularly, often as an opening act for artists such as Lite (band), Angus & Julia StoneWoodpigeon (band), And So I Watch You From Afar & Girl Band (Irish band) in Galway & Mayo. They have also appeared at 93 Feet East in London, The Space (Connecticut) & The Living Room in New York.