BLACK BLUEBIRDS – LIKE BLOOD FOR MUSIC

 

 “Dark textured sound environments that lead the listener into a parallel universe of noise, subversion and mysticism…“

Black Bluebirds is een hard rock power trio uit Minneapolis, MN, dat nu bestaat uit singer-songwriter Daniel Fiskum (zang, keys), Simon Husbands (gitaar) & Chad Helmonds (drums, bas). Hun muziek omschreven ze zelf als “Dark Sound”. De nummers die Fiskum schreef, zijn zowel melodieus als donker, met teksten die (ik citeer) “evoke sexual co-dependency and hopelessness, chaos and distortion and the fight for redemption…” (“die seksuele afhankelijkheid en hopeloosheid, chaos en vervorming en de strijd om verlossing oproepen…).

De naam van de band was eerst Bluebirds, maar werd, gezien de band eerst bestond uit twee Britse en twee Amerikaanse muzikanten, gewijzigd in British Bluebirds. Omdat sommige bandleden van Minneapolis afkomstig zijn en gezien de opnames gebeurden in de Black Apple Studio’s in Uptown Minneapolis, werd de naam uiteindelijk gewijzigd in Black Bluebirds, wat ook beter past bij het donkere van hun muziek.

Met de single “Love Kills Slowly” werd hun studio album ‘Like Blood For Music’ in de aandacht gebracht. Voor de BB is dit hun debuut album. Het verhaal achter de titel is het verhaal van drie muzikanten die erg betrokken zijn met hun muziek, die veel beslissingen in en facetten van hun leven bepaalt. Ze geven hun leven, hun bloed voor de muziek. Naast de band waren ook Jessica Rasche (b-vocs) en Patrik Tanner (gitaar) aanwezig. Alle nummers op het album zijn inhoudelijk vrij donker en snijden vaak thema’s aan over over relaties en over hoe “liefde” niet altijd “liefde” is.

Iedere song bevat een boodschap, zit een verhaal. Zo gaat “Strange Attractor” over de eigenschap die iedereen in zich heeft om anderen aan te trekken en/of af te stoten, “Battle Hammer” over de grote Recessie in 2008, “My Eyes Where Closed” over de opmerkelijk vele zelfmoorden van homoseksuele tieners in Minneapolis en is “Legendary” een love song, met een tragisch einde, al vechtend in de straten…

Black Bluebirds’ ‘Like Blood For Music’ is er misschien niet direct voor alle muziek liefhebbers. Black Bluebirds is gewoon een ander type band, wiens stijl (na enkele keren meer luisteren) erg aantrekkelijk en intrigerend is. Als je hen beter wil begrijpen, luister naar hen en geef ze een kans!...   

“ Black Bluebirds are tearing down the wall of restrictions, are taking you through many peaks & valleys making your mind race & wander… “

Eric Schuurmans

Album track list:
01.”Love Kills Slowly” – 02.”Strange Attractor” – 03.”Life in White” – 04.”Battlehammer” – 05.”House Of No More Dreams” [Simon Husbands & Daniel Fiskum] – 06.”Hole In the Day” – 07.”Soul Of Wood” – 08.”Don’t Fall In Love” – 09.”My Eyes Were Closed” – 10.”Legendary” – Music/Lyrics by Daniel Fiskum and/or as [noted] ℗ 2016 & 2017 – Produced by Simon Husbands

Daniel Fiskum’s explains the songs thusly:
1. Love Kills Slowly – Think of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, the short-lived power couple of the New York punk scene. This song could be titled “The Ballad of Sexual Co-Dependency.” Not all romantic relationships are healthy. Unhealthy romantic relationships develop when something becomes dangerously out of balance. This song is about that. || 2. Strange Attractor – In physics there is a particle known as a “strange attractor.” It cannot be seen, but it becomes known by the effect it has on nearby particles, pulling them out of their orbits. In love relationships there is often a strange attractor, someone who pulls one’s lover out of the orbit and into a new relationship. That person might be unknown, but their influence is felt. || 3. Life in White – This song is about various forms of addiction. It is about what happens at the end of a relationship. While it could refer to the end of a romantic relationship, or a relationship with drugs or alcohol, it could describe the end of a music artist’s relationship with the music business. || 4. Battle Hammer – The great recession of 2008 coincided with one of the lowest points of many of our lives. People lost their jobs, their houses and their marriages. Most people barely hung on and a many did not. We were road kill, but we stayed in the fight and fought back. This song is an anthem to courage. || 5. House of No More Dreams – The protagonist in this song is looking for escape and for redemption. For many of us, that only comes after a fight in which everything is at risk. || 6. Hole in the Day – Many people experience depression during their lives, either short-term or long term. In my opinion, the worst thing about depression isn’t the sadness so much as it is the feelings of doubt and hopelessness. This song is my attempt to express these feelings. There is a hole in the day, where doubt slips in, where hope slips away. || 7. Soul of Wood – Sometimes a desire for something illicit possesses you from within the core of your being. If that core is flammable, there is little hope. || 8. Don’t Fall in Love – This song is about prostitution, told from the perspective of the prostitute. We all live double lives and many of us prostitute ourselves in one way or another. There is a “real me” that hides beneath the surface. Compassion is necessary for all, including ourselves. || 9. My Eyes Were Closed – This song is about gay teen suicide, something that is an epidemic where I live, the western suburbs of Minneapolis. It is written from the perspective of a surviving parent who could not see the problems his child was experiencing, a parent whose eyes were closed. || 10. Legendary – This is a love song, but it is not about blue skies, flowers and sunshine. It is about dying on the street for love. It is about losing battles and continuing to fight to win the war. It is about being beaten down and getting up again, and living and dying fearlessly for love.

Album line-up:
Daniel Fiskum: vocals, keys
Simon Husbands: vocals, guitars
Chad Helmonds: drums, bass
Feat.: Jessica Rasche: b-vocs & Patrik Tanner: add. guitars

Discography BLACK BLUEBIRDS:
Like Blood For Music [2017] 

 

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