Southampton based alt/prog rock duo BirdPen will release their new studio album, ’There’s Something Wrong With Everything’, in the early autumn. It is preceded by a single, ‘This Is Your Life’, which comments on our confused, junk guzzling, information overloading, fake news spreading, fear mongering and brainwashed modern age. Driven by a motorik groove with a Pink Floyd-ish synth layer, heavy fuzz guitar precedes a chorus from which emanates a ranting message driven vocal:
“This is your life, static screens, faded dreams oh can’t you see. This is your life, the broadcast lies, open your eyes you will see.”
’This Is Your Life’ is written, recorded and produced by the BirdPen duo of Mike Bird and Dave Pen. The song was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios in London.
‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’ melds heavy/psychedelic guitars, rolling basslines, Krautrock drums and old school electronics to create a doom groove ambience with Dave Pen’s lead vocal sitting atop, while musically the duo draw inspiration from acts such as Deerhunter, Hookworms, Suuns, The Beta Band, Pink Floyd and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Families sit huddled together in front of their flatscreen TV’s peeking through their hands to see the new world leader being sworn in by a fading shadow of hope while criminals applaud. The world is crying and The End Is On TV. Outside, lost souls wander in a daze fixed on prescription drugs with Eyes In The Sky. This Is Your Life trying to escape advertising and takeaway menus and spending what you don’t have and looking perfect and trying to fit in and everyone and everything always being Oh So Happy. Escape when and how you can, get off your knees and face the sun, find your groove and create an Easy Life for yourself as the screens keep the mind bombarded with grim tales, fear and sadness. Why can’t they bring us some Good News? Don’t let the Natural Rewards we seek be diluted, fight the lies however you can because we realise and accept that there will always be Something Wrong With Everything. Never give up as you have everything to win the race, it’s beautiful with love and grace, keep moving on. Welcome to ‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’. Welcome to the world of BirdPen.
1 This Is Your Life
2 There’s Something Wrong With Everything
3 Eyes In The Sky
4 Easy Life
5 Star Of The Half-Time Show
6 The End Is On TV
8 Oh So Happy
9 Good News
10 Natural Rewards
‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’ is available to pre-order exclusively via Pledge Music :