The scuzzy South-Wales group, Birdcage, have released their new 4-track EP, Futzland, and it’s brimming with brash beats and relentless riffs.
Words: Cerys Kenneally, Subeditor: Karolina Zilenaite
The EP is much like a moshpit — swinging from infectious, pedal-powered guitar melodies, intricate bass-lines and impressive drum tracks to the darker realm of alt-rock and a slower sound.
Their first single off the EP, “When I’m Around”, is riddled with chugging rhythm guitars and raw melodies, combining to create the basis of a great mass of infectious noise. The shouty vocals from one of two frontmen and brothers, Liam McConnachie, plunge into a dark pit of relentless reverb and twangy, psych-infused melodies to create a brutal chorus.
The intricacy of Birdcage as a band on this track works well, reeling from irresistible melodies to dainty, almost euphoric guitar tones and glistening synths from The Vacant Lots, not forgetting the soothing ooh’s from guest vocalist Violet Skies towards the end of the track.
The second track on the EP, “Teenage Wine”, reveals a more lighthearted side of the group. The intro brings the Bob Dylan influence into play with the harmonica melody, contrasting with electrifying melodies and heavy guitars, reminiscent of alt-rock gods Dinosaur Jr. and transforming it into a fuzzy feel-goodness. The McConnachie’s vocals sweep in and out of untamed levels, reiterating their raw class within the alt-rock scene. The contagiousness of the repetition allows the impressive instrumentals to emerge, showcasing complicated drum sequences and a frenzy of fuzz-filled melodies.
“The Map” is the final track on Futzland, and sees the other McConnachie brother take to the mic. Alex’s vocals take a more melodic route, showing their ability to be brutal and blissful in the capacity of four tracks. “The Map” takes a tame diversion, dwindling through delicate acoustic melodies and scaling bass-lines. “The Map” is a fantastic final track, combining all their musical minds to create a punchy, acoustic and electric track that concludes their scuzzy sound.
Futzland is an impressive EP, showcasing the South-Wales lads’ versatility while empowering their roots of alternative rock and fuzzy guitars.
You can stream “When I’m Around” and “The Map” below, taken off the forthcoming EP Futzland, available on iTunes and Spotify now.