THE GUESTLIST NETWORK | APRIL 2010
They say good things come in small packages, and we’ve just had a delivery all the way from Ireland in the tiny form of 5’2 singer, Wallis Bird.
Some will know Wallis from her debut album ‘Spoons’; many will recognise her voice from covering Depeche Modes’ ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ for a Sun newspaper advert. Veiwers literally just could not get enough, and the world of mainstream music began to beckon to the 28-year-old singer, who has since been hand- picked to tour with the likes of folk legend Billy Bragg and nominated for a Meteor Award
But these accolades haven’t come easy to Bird. A freak childhood accident with a lawnmower led to Wallis losing all her fingers on her left hand. After four were re-attached, Bird began to teach herself to play her right-handed guitar upside down, even with her hand still heavily bandaged.
Live, you’d never guess such a calamity had ever happened. Bird is a tremendous ball of breath- taking energy and passion. Throwing back her head and letting out a raspy holler reminiscent of the late Janis Joplin, then bouncing across the stage to engage the audience in a choral ca- maraderie, it is clear Wallis is no wallflower. Her easy-going humour and bold honesty is what makes her songs most accessible; she sings of drunken silliness, one night stands, herpes, passionate meetings and tender partings.
After being signed to Island Records in 2006, Wallis struggled to put her music across to a wider audience. Island consequently dropped her – their relationship was somewhat tumultu- ous - but this didn’t stop her from creating her latest endeavor, New Boots; this time teaming up with Columbia Records. Both Spoons and New Boots have an endearing habit of floating seamlessly between genres: from folk to blues to ballad and round again, her fiery vocals complementing each one perfectly.
New Boots is epitomised by the words ‘all of these things have made me’ from the featured single, To My Bones. It reflects the past two years since the release of Spoons, in which
What is the Everlyn sound and what are the influences Sergio?
Although we may sound like some bands we grew up listening to like Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids, or more modern bands like Paramore, i think Everlyn has a unique sound that you can recog- nize the second time you hear it. The goal for ev- ery band should be developing its own sound to become original, and that’s what we are trying to achieve. Everyone in Everlyn listen to a lot of dif- ferent types of music everyday, and i guess this is noticed when hearing our songs. We try not to build frontiers around what we do.
You have recorded an EP in the USA with the producer Paul Leavitt, How it was the experience in Baltimore?
It was even more amazing than we expected.
Since we were children we always listened to American music and we got used to how records sounded. From day 1 of preproduction Paul knew what kind of sound we wanted. He gave us some awesome ideas as well. Wish we could repeat that as soon as possible.
Which are the next projects for the band?
Well, we are looking for shows everywhere and support to release our EP or even record a LP since we’ve got several new songs and ideas we can’t wait to hear recorded. We want our music to get played beyond our country. We feel pretty confident and powerful right now to get into the van and tour forever. That’s what we’re focused on these days, cause we love playing live and having the chance to travel all over the world, it’s some- thing we’d really appreciate.
she says she had to learn ‘the hard way about myself’. It speaks of love, anger, sex, death and relationships: subjects everyone can identify with. And it embraces Bird’s rich Irish heritage, demonstrating that Ireland is one of her big- gest inspirations. The single To My Bones is an evocative song about life in Ireland, musing over ‘Dutch Gold’ Irish beer, patriotically declar- ing ‘my fortune is my home / my home and all I know’. Stripped bare of the studio and once again wearing her Irish roots proudly on her sleeve, she goes back to basics with ‘Meal of convenience’, which sounds as if it were re- corded in a Dublin pub after a pint of Guinness. Ad-libbing with quirky scats and toying around with the interesting noises she creates in her honeyed Irish tone, she manages to take these simple words and feelings and make them sound like a poignant, passionate language of her own. She even manages to take classic 80’s synthpop and give it a playful eagerness that grasps at a pastoral quality. So very Irish, so very Wallis.
Over 80 shows headlined in 2008. A new album in 2009. If you want to know what’s in store for Wallis in 2010, you would better start Bird watching.
Which are the influences of Rubick and how could be possible you’ve reached a record with DFX Records/Sony Spain in only one year of ca- reer?
We try to mix the sound of the 90s from bands like Oa- sis, Blur, The Verve.. with something more current such as Kasabian or Jet. Since the beginning of the band we have always set ourselves high goals, and that’s prob- ably why we have reached them.
Which are your dreams for future?
We still want to continue expanding in Spain with the recording of our first album, get more people to know us and hopefully play at the Bencassim International Festival (FIB). After that, we’d like to see if our music works out in other countries.
How is the situation in Spanish music scene for English language bands?
It still isn’t what it should be, but obviously there are more and more bands who prefer singing in English. The problem is that the big record companies only give chances and money to bands who sing in Spanish, but we think this will begin to change soon.
Are you thinking to release your album in the UK? I consider you could be playing here in Fes-
If everything goes as planned in a year or so, after we’ve recorded our first album. But you never know… What’s for sure, is that we’ll end up doing it.
Where do we can listen and/or buy your tracks CD, Itunes, etc..?
At the moment we’ve only got an EP on the market called ‘Blinding the City’. People can listen to it on mys- pace ‘www.myspace.com/rubickband’, or buy it online at the fnac or www.rockandwear.es. Shortly, it will also be on itunes.
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