Birdman Cult is a Bristol-based quintet. With driving instrumentals, powerful riffs, and psychedelic percussion, the Cult creates spacey psychedelic rock music. They incorporate a lot of elements that make their music stand out. The quintet goes by Birdman Cult as they narrate the story of Joseph B. Eden to give themselves a story. They rely on fuzzy riffs, driving bass lines, infectious vocals, and rattling beats.
Whisky Sunburn is a track of all the aforementioned elements plus the space synthesiser that comes with psychedelia. It has this one instrument that sounds like a theremin, reminiscent of bands like Rush. It’s got some really groovy riffs that will probably have you headbanging at points. All in all, Whisky Sunburn has the texture of bands like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard along with Pond and Tame Impala. Still, there is a large amount of influence that sounds like it came from Sex Pistols. Whisky Sunburn truly feels like Birdman Cult is keeping the Post Punk vision alive. Especially with tracks that truly go beyond boundaries to make music that feels unfamiliarly familiar.
You’ve got to give these guys a go if you really want to experience all temporal boundaries. I could be playing Whisky Sunburn on repeat and never get tired of it. With their infectious melodies and catchy riffs, one could say that Birdman Cult is on the rise!
We managed to score an interview with the Birdman Cult! Read on for more.
What inspired the name Birdman Cult?
The name is derived from a vision our guitar player had while trekking across easter islands. He competed in a sort of obstacle course that the islanders have each year called Tangat Manu or ‘Birdman’, where representatives of native clans would select a prospective champion to retrieve a seasonal egg from a remote island (sort of a tough mudder for spiritual people) The winner would retrieve the much-coveted prize, grow their hair and nails, be lavished with the season’s harvest and never have to want for anything until the next Tangat Manu was victorious. Sam our guitarist won and basically lived like a king out there for a year and when he came back decided he wanted to start a band with us. It’s all a bit hippy-dippy for me but he seemed to like it.
How did you find your way into music?
I first got into music In the late 90s when me and a school friend decided to start a rap group, what started as a laugh ended with me being in a notable crew from the north and touring and releasing albums into the mid-noughties. I launched a few record labels and decided I was done with rapping and wanted to collaborate with musicians more as a vocalist. Now I attempt to sing but each member of the band has their own odd back story from jazz bassists to classically trained guitarists and opera.
What was/is the most difficult obstacle in your path to success as a musician?
Navigating the world of self-promotion and social media noise. It’s not natural for me to blag like that. I don’t wanna run a band like a business it’s the opposite of why I got into it as a cathartic pastime. Not to say we don’t take the music seriously but there’s a line where the pressure to become sustainable beyond a hobbiest takes over the fun of the creative process.
What would you say is the inspiration behind your music?
Everything, there really isn’t one agenda or focus we have when we make music, the general sound is quite punk rock at times but it’s not that we set out to be that. Lyrically themes will come from me reacting to the music and might just be that I read a particularly good book or seen an interesting film and feel inspired by the themes in those. Our latest single ‘Whisky Sunburn’ is about a type of conservative older English person of the boomer generation. It was just born out of the frustration I felt during the lockdown and before since 2016 with Brexit.
How much of a toll does touring take out on you?
It’s been a while now so not at all of late. There’s talk of us doing a Uk tour in 2022 but it won’t be extensive, the UK is small enough to tour around and not be exhausted by the end. I’d really like to get into Europe more next year.
What’s next for the Birdman Cult?
After releasing singles while on lockdown we wanna move our concentration towards a larger project, maybe an album and a tour. Something to get our teeth into now we’ve established our sound and writing seems fluid right now. We can finally have these discussions about gigs again which is cool so things like merch and a physical release seem natural to us right now
Be sure to add Whisky Sunrise to your playlists today!