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27th September 2005

Suicidal Birds(left)

Suicidal Birds in session

Suicidal Birds have the honour of being the first band to be played on the inaugural OneMusic show back in February. Says Huw: "They jump out on you and make an impact. The songs are frantic, odd, slightly skee-whiff, fun and dark. Just ace, really!"

Formed in Friesland, Holland a year ago, Suicidal Birds consists of Jessie on vocals/screaming/guitar, Chay on bass guitar/vocals, Sido on guitar and Roel on drums.

Armed with out-dated self-made amps, the 'Birds (the name inspired by the frequent number of birds flying into the window of singer Jessie's house) create a sound they call 'punk blues with a rock and roll flavour.'

Citing the likes of The Pixies and The Gun Club as inspiration, Suicidal Birds self-proclaimed 'sound-orgy' is described by the band as 'treacherously playful, exciting and inescapable... deeply rooted in the blues combined with the energy of punk.'

The result? Their debut album, 'Z-List' (Transformed Dreams).

Recorded by Jessie on her own in her studio deep in the woods of north Holland, Z-List captures the rough and readiness, weirdness and wildness that is so essential in rock and roll. Cult indie-rocker J Mascis liked it so much he invited the band to support Dinosaur Jr on his European tour.

They'll be playing four tracks from that album in tonight's session: Better Off, Another Day, Summerset Sun. ("I just wrote it in the Morning when I didn't sleep so much after a lot of partying," grins Jessie) and Me Animal, about madness and animals.

Listen out in particular for some horse noises... "There are lots of horses near where I live," laughs Jessie. "I felt I had to feature them somehow..."

Suicidal Birds will be touring the UK in October:

October 5th - Guildford, The Star
October 7th - Leicester, The Attic
Ocotber 8th - Lancaster - Korner's Bar at The Farmers Arms
October 10th - Hull Adelphi
October 11th - London Buffalo Bar
October 12th - Bristol, The Junction


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