Songs To Learn and Sing From Bird And The Big I Am.


Bird - Liverpool Band  Hey Hey Moonshine

‘Hey, Hey Moonshine’ By Bird.

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Two tunes today, both from my home town of Liverpool.   First up is Bird a new Liverpool based band fronted by 22 year old Adele Emmas. They have already recorded their debut EP which will be released later this year. On the basis of the demos we’ve heard so far they look set for a big future. Think of an eerie folktronic Portishead wandering through laughing Lenny Cohen’s nightmares as depicted by  René Magritte. Haunting, evocative, beautiful.  No jokes about Liver Birds please. Wink



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‘Collecting Skies’ By The Big I Am.

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Our second song today is from another local band, The Big I Am. It’s the title track from their debut album ‘ Collecting Skies.’ It’s a gem of an album, imbued with the understated world weary style of  I Am Kloot , the black humour of  Richard Hawley and the musicianship of Elbow. Well worth a listen we reckon.


It’s great that bands from Liverpool have, over time, stopped pretending to be The La’s or replicate the contrived laddy- footie mob-on- the- piss -sentimental shtick of the Farm. Recent years have seen the dawn of bands and artists who have little time for the twatishly twanging leaden guitar sound that seemed to have strangled the local scene for such a long time. ‘Who Killed The Zutons? Innovation may well be the prime suspect. Hurrah.

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.


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