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The incredible vocals of Lynsey Ward lead the exciting piano-led, guitarless trio Exploring Birdsong who’ve arrived with a progressive yet pop style that is sure to excite a whole spectrum of music lovers.
We spoke with the band about their origins and what the future holds.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Exploring Birdsong before?
Exploring Birdsong: Piano driven – Almost like Kate Bush singing for Mastodon, if Mastodon’s guitars were replaced with pianos.
DP!: How did the band form?
Exploring Birdsong: It all started in our first year of university. After the very first week and before we’d met, each of us were certain of the fact that nobody else was into the same music as us – that was until Matt spotted Lyns wearing a Genesis t-shirt from outside a seminar room. After a night’s worth of conversation reveling in the fact that someone else had heard of Porcupine Tree & Karnivool, we started writing as a two piece, forming songs that were solely based around piano and drums. The instrumentation initially wasn’t actually a conscious decision – we were writing in rooms where the only equipment available was a drum kit and a piano and stumbled on a sound that we thought was really quite interesting. We realised after a while though, that we needed someone else to join us in the writing process to provide a fresh pair of ears to help flesh the unfinished songs out. Once we met Jonny and talked Meshuggah and Biffy Clyro for a while, we knew he was the perfect fit. His abilities and knowledge helped take the songs to a completely different level.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Exploring Birdsong: In the short term, our debut EP comes out on November 29th via Long Branch Records. As for further down the line, 2020 will involve playing more shows to make up for a reasonably quiet end to 2019. We’ll also be heading back into the studio at some point, which we absolutely can’t wait for.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Exploring Birdsong: We’re always listening to as much new music as possible, and always super keen to discover new artists. A few bands that spring to mind immediately are Bent Knee, Coin, A Burial At Sea (shoutout to a fellow Liverpool band!) and Sleep Token.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Exploring Birdsong: There are so many influences from so many different corners of our individual tastes in music, but if we had to narrow it down to three, we’d probably pick Agent Fresco, The Dear Hunter and Tigran Hamasyan. All three sound so individual, and really embody the true meaning of progressive music. Fresco and TDH both incorporate mind-boggling musicianship with true pop sensibilities, whilst Tigran Hamasyan’s use of piano is pretty ingenious.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Exploring Birdsong: We’ve had a few moments that have stopped us in our tracks since we started, but signing with Long Branch Records has to be top of the pile. We’re so proud to be on a roster with some of our favourite bands and to have such a great label having such faith in what we do.