The Birdman Rallies formed in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in 2009, releasing an EP (untitled) the same year, followed by ‘Gondola’ in 2011. Debut album ‘moons’ followed shortly after in 2013 the same year. Fusing together a contemporary approach to straight-up songwriting with youthful, laid-back vocals, The Birdman Rallies find that “influences come from everywhere, everyday”, working their way into the band’s warm brand of atmospheric tropical pop.
Over the next few months the band will be playing a string of local shows, with more to come. In the past they’ve won the hearts and opening slots for The Joy Formidable, Gruff Rhys, Stornoway and Dry The River and plays on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6Music.
Frontman Daniel says of the new single, “‘Wild Sisters’ is a poem written on a night out in Cork, Ireland, where the women are made differently to where I grew up. I observed these three sisters, dancing wildly, letting it go on a weekend in a strangely old-fashioned way. There was nothing cool or try-hard about it. The song wrote itself, with requisite yearning.”
Of ‘Real River’, Daniel says: “Each song takes a situation and seeks to explore a segment of that world. ‘Real River’ was never intended to be a whole album, but as the ideas gained momentum and a cohesive sound emerged, it took shape. The title was taken from a lyric meaning to jump into the real rather than the metaphorical river; doing it rather than just talking about it.”
2015 will see The Birdman Rallies take in the following live dates, with more announcements to come – guestlist available:
15 April – The Fulford Arms, York
23 April – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
30 April – The Blues Bar, Harrogate
16 May – Carpe Diem, Leeds
29 May – The Den, Harrogate