The Stone Birds – Nothing Ever Changes

 

ARTIST NAME: The Stone Birds

 

SONG TITLE: Nothing Ever Changes

 

RELEASE DATE: 13/3/20

 

GENRE: Heavy Blues/Rock

 

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Liam McBride (Singer):

 

State your reason for choosing music as a career.

There’s no clear time in my mind. It has been something that has appealed to me from a young age – rocking out to ‘Song 2’ by Blur in the baby seat at the back of my dad’s car is one of my early memories.

 

Typically, I would say it started when I was bored at university and wasn’t satisfied with the direction I was going. I started to experiment with the guitar that was bought for me as a gift when I was 13, which I didn’t bother to learn at the time, and it went from there. I knew I wanted to be a frontman so I started to focus more on lyric writing and singing; I stopped playing guitar and decided to go ‘hands-free.’

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

Sometimes lyrics come quickly but often, it can take a while. I think about words for a long time before even putting pen to paper (or finger to iPhone). They can be influenced by several things. What I’m doing. What I’m seeing. What I’m reading. Events in my life. They can start with a simple line of poetry or something that I’ve dwelled upon. It’s different every time.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

“The Stone Birds are a band you’ll hear a lot about and are well worth checking out live”

–      BBC Introducing Solent

 

“Having formed barely a year ago The Stone Birds have got the swagger of youth backed with a persuasive live show”

 – The News, Portsmouth.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

My life outside of the music world isn’t particularly exciting. I’m a university dropout who works in retail. I live life for the weekend and the next gig. In between, I like playing video games, watching TV and going to the beach.

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Discuss your music career.

I’m not actually an original member of The Stone Birds. It was formally a two-piece started by Morgan (guitar) and Jack (drums). It was late 2018 – I heard their first release ‘Take It Back’ on Spotify and noticed they were based in my city Portsmouth. I messaged Morgan on Instagram and asked if he wanted to jam, I mentioned that I played guitar despite lacking in skill and we met up. I was honest and said I wanted to be a frontman. We had one practice together and I joined the band.

 

Later we recorded two tracks and played our first gig, as a three-piece with no bassist, with a band called Zanibar Aliens from Portugal. It was great for our first ever show and it led to us being invited to play a competition which could have resulted in us playing the Isle Of Wight Festival. We made the semi-final and played The Joiners in Southampton. We are now a four-piece band with low-end and on the up in our local scene. Since that gig, everything has happened rather quickly.

 

We’ve played a few reputable gigs and festivals; making a lot of new friends on the way. It’s been great so far!

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Being late on joining the band, I often ask Morgan where the name came from. The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds I believe. Maybe The Byrds? I can’t really remember which one it is.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Seeing this question makes me instantly think of ‘Cornerstone’ by Arctic Monkeys as it is hilarious.

 

The other four I have to think about as I can’t remember the last time, I actually watched a music video.

 

‘Stylo’ by Gorillaz is a notable one for me as I’ve always wanted to drive across the desert in a muscle car and, of course, it stars Bruce Willis.

 

I really like the live video of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ by The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger is iconic and full of life. Rock and Roll Circus seemed like a great gig. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon is also great; I love the way it is shot.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I’m very much influenced by Jim Morrison, Ian Curtis, Alex Turner, Mick Jagger, and Elvis Presley. They have shaped me into what kind of frontman I like to be and they’re all amazing to watch. I think it’s important to have an appeal on stage and really sell your art.

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Tell us your experience of dealing with fans.

There have been various occasions where people have recognized us out and about in the city or on a night out; after seeing us play a gig I expect. Most of these encounters happen when we’re at a bar so we’re normally a little drunk and it is hard to remember. Saying that our likes and follows on our social media accounts have slowly been creeping up since our last single release so maybe we are gaining a fan base now… Anyway, it’s an honour to have people listen to the music you have created whether it’s a couple of locals or a thousand across the globe.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

‘Nothing Ever Changes’ was recorded over two days at our favourite studio, Quay West.

 

We consider this the first true single of the band as it is the first one to be written and recorded as a four-piece. We wanted a lot more production put into this track compared to the other songs which are more stripped-back blues-rock. ‘NEC’ is a modern song and it shows.

 

We’re all very happy with the result and look forward to getting back to the studio.

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Tell us about your future projects.

The only thing on my mind is getting back to normality, start gigging again, and record a new single.

 

Due to the current pandemic, it isn’t clear when that will be. In the meantime, I might start a small side project or write a book; who knows. I’ll most likely just sit in front of the TV.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

I can’t really remember as there have been so many. A few notable acts have been YOWL, The Howlers, Zanibar Aliens. Local bands such as Colour of the Jungle, Hallan, and Web have been some of our favourite. We were due to support Sleep Eaters back in March, but we were unfortunately put in lockdown. Maybe some other time.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

Personally, I’ve always been into more raw, imperfect voices as I find them more honest and intriguing. I have nothing against vocal tuning, however. If people decide to use it, then so be it.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

Due to financial reasons (and a lot of independent acts can relate to this) I’d much rather release a smaller number of good singles compared to many cheaply recorded, mediocre songs. This is something you hope to change as you progress. Everybody wants to record an EP or album. You just must be patient.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

Of course, every musician dream of having a successful music career, I am one of them. I try not to compare them, as they’re completely different. One seems exciting, that being music, and the other seems dull to me. It’s difficult as it is such a competitive industry. I try not to think about it and just enjoy the moment.

 

Music doesn’t have to be a lifelong career to be fulfilling, it’s fun just to meet interesting characters and write and perform the music you have spent time on.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

I think categorizing music into genres and sub-genres is an obvious choice as it is very diverse. Having names for this makes it easier to discover music you may enjoy and find communities to be part of.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I don’t really like people who ‘despise’ certain genres; as music is subjective. I’m not a fan of K-Pop. It seems very manufactured to me. I could be wrong. There. I said it.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

I’m a big film buff and a former media and film student so this is easy. I really like ‘Joker’ as I love the script, score, and cinematography. ‘JAWS’ and the original ‘Jurassic Park’ as they are huge blockbusters and progressed the film industry massively.

 

‘American Psycho’ is a film I often go back to as it is disturbingly brilliant, I like morbid films. On the topic of morbid films, I love ‘Midsommar’ because it is beautifully shot and wonderfully shocking. ‘Her’ is a good film too.

 


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