Music Liberation review - Rolling Thunder Single Rolling Thunder is the perfect introduction to Birdman Culture, encompassing the bands strong penchant for garage rock which is always underpinned by clear song writing and pop sensibilities. Comparisons can be drawn with the likes of Hanni El Khatib, The Black Keys, and Queens Of The Stone Age, with the bands self confessed love of 'heavy riffage and gritty vocals' clearly coming to the fore on this track. There's a real ebb and flow as the band mix up the tempo, which when coupled with the distinctive vocals of James Daniels leads to a rewarding experience for the listener.
Musesick blog - Review - Rolling Thunder Single The Birdman Culture are a South London based band, freshly hatched in 2013, with an inclination for heavy Garage and grunge but with strong pop structures as the undercurrent. ‘BMC’s ‘new single 'Rolling Thunder’ is their first foray into hardcopy and simultaneous digital release.
‘Rolling Thunder’ erupts with a thrashy intro and quickly grinds us to a halt with a sleazy, stoner guitar riff which is a constant throughout the song. The track has a deceptive and interchangeable tempo and lyrics; it’s as though representative of inner turmoil and twists in reality. J. Daniels (frontman) spits and seethes the words out from start to finish, we don’t seem to catch a breath with lyrics "My head is beat but my heart is not, and when I checked my watch there was no time to stop” as the doomy incantation. The lyrics feel sedative and anxious, this conjures up clandestine and drug induced images.
Now Imagine Richard Ashcroft (Verve) with more bitterness in the heart, more fire in the belly, shards of glass in the throat and you get an idea of frontman James’s unique vocal delivery. There is a dreamy, bedding backing vocal "Aaaah" by lead guitarist and 2nd vocalist A. Cutting which gives the song an added layer of ethereal contrast, while the band still manage to maintain a stable rock tune.
This is a stonker of a track from the Birdman Culture. Talons poised to tear the mostly dull and formulaic, London music scene to pieces. Here at Musesick, we like it very much indeed. Support new music, fight the good fight, purchase their new track on ITunes, or find them on Soundcloud, hardcopies available in October, so go to their gigs for the real McCoy. 9/10 Bird is most definitely the word.
Essentially Pop - Review - Rolling Thunder Single
After a particularly dramatic launch into ‘Rolling Thunder’ and just when you are expecting an explosion to happen it very quickly takes on an entirely different pace and direction.
The dissonant vocal and melancholy sound are reminiscent of the “Brit pop” era and whilst not everyone’s cup of tea, I am sure there is still an audience for it out there and if there is Birdman Culture will find them. If The Verve and Richard Ashcroft are your kind of thing then this track will fit into your playlist comfortably.
The four piece London based band got together in 2013 and whilst they describe themselves as alternative rock veering toward grunge and garage that vibe is not immediately apparent in this track.
There is a calming guitar melody running throughout bringing a sense of tranquility yet in direct contrast there is a tumultuous undertone to the lyrics. An occasional outburst of drums and guitar give a wave like sensation which could also be interpreted as mood swings fitting in with the generalised theme surrounding the whole song. It will be interesting to see if future work from the band will continue along the yin and yang line.
Find Birdman Culture on Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud. You can buy ‘Rolling Thunder’ as a digital download from Amazon.
Essentially Pop Review - With a grungy sound that owes as much to New Order as it does to Nirvana comes Birdman Culture with their new single, ‘Death Ray’.
It’s a world away from previous release, ‘Rolling Thunder‘, which was more of an homage to Brit Pop. London band Birdman Culture return to their garage punk roots with this new track. Grungy and dirty it’s heavy on the reverb with rock guitars aplenty.