Birds Of A Feather played at Adelaide
Birds Of A Feather
Adelaide quartet Birds of a Feather have arrived in a hurry, with urgent music beautifully crafted in vast, dramatic sound scapes, rich in emotion and power – setting them apart as something unique on Adelaide’s indie rock scene.
Only a year ago, he was learning the rudiments of guitar on his telecaster. Even at this early stage, Carmine Spagnoletti immediately started writing his own songs, inspired by a big, raw American sound – Jeff Buckley, Patti Smith, Smashing Pumpkins – and the more intriguing and challenging of the British indie rock outfits, namely Radiohead.
Now, with the added input of seasoned young musicians to form the quartet Birds Of A Feather, these songs of have taken flight – the best of them to be released on the Adelaide band’s first five-track EP in early 2011
Early in 2010, Carmine began jamming with bass player Jake Haysman, and threadbare song structures began to gain form and muscle. Jake enlisted further help his former band colleagues Jamie Seyfang (guitar) and Miles Sly (drums) – together they had played in tearaway teen grunge band The Milton Experience, with the technical ability of serious jazz chops but the surging power of influences drawn from Smashing Pumpkins to Nirvana.
Once this quartet began rehearsing in March 2010, the seeds of Carmine’s song ideas quickly burst into full bloom. Within weeks, Birds of a Feather had launched onto the live scene playing all original material. Their sound swirled with rich textures and explosive dynamics from a bold, courageous rhythm section that benefits from five years of familiarity, providing the perfect platform for a huge sonic curtain of soaring guitar figures. Never satisfied with the ordinary, this quartet stretches the songs and arrangements into a surprising array of grooves, moods and atmospheres, earmarking them as one of Adelaide’s most interesting live bands.
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