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Interview von: arne mit Deadbird, am: 19.04.2005 ]

Was DEADBIRD aus Arkansas mit ihrem “The Head And The Heart” abliefern, ist die beeindruckendste Sludge-Scheibe der letzten Jahre!! In der internationalen Heavy-Szene dürfte sich das junge Quartett um den ehemaligen Rwake-Gitarristen Chuck Shaaf innerhalb kürzester Zeit etablieren. DEADBIRD sind so verdammt intensiv, ungeschliffen, erdig und brachial; gleichfalls aber auch hoch melodisch, eingängig und irgendwie auch episch.


Musicscan: What is everyone in the band, including yourself, up to these days?

Deadbird: We've all been working our day jobs, writing new songs, trying to get ready to record the next record. We have been trying to book a tour for this summer, get out as much as possible, and support 'The Head and the Heart'.

Musicscan: What was the original goal (or reason) for the formation of Deadbird?

Deadbird: Chuck and I have been playing together for a long time, since I started playing the drums. For the last seven or eight years, we have put together bands that, for one reason or the other have fallen apart. After awhile, I went back to school and he moved down to Little Rock to play with Rwake. He and I eventually got the hunger to play together again, and so we started this band up, with Alan. our goal has always been just to be as honest musically as possible, and as heavy as we can make it.

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place as a band in the heavy music scene?

Deadbird: I think that there are a lot of great heavy bands out there. As far as our place in it all, we haven't really made one for ourselves yet. The album reviews are definitely better than I expected them to be. We really didn't foresee any of this at all. We had released the record ourselves with the idea that it was the only way to get it out there, and then Duncan came along with an offer from Codebreker, and here we are.

Musicscan: Do you feel that Deadbird has found its "own" sound, or is it still evolving? Your debut features songs that vary from real Heavy Metal to Sludge and some Doom grooves.

Deadbird: I definitely feel like our sound is in a state of growth. The major factor being that we didn't have a bass player when we wrote the first record. Todd has stepped in and brought a whole new dimension to the songs. The new songs, so far, feel more our own. I think we are finding our identity, and playing much better with each other.

Musicscan: The heavy underground, as a whole, has evolved over the last copule of year with huge success of bands like Mastodon or this Probot thing on Southern Lord. What are some of the noticeable changes you've witnessed? You are involved for years, too, so what are your experiences? Are those changes for the better or for the worse?

Deadbird: I think the biggest change in heavy music is the surge of bands that are getting much more coverage in the media. I saw ISIS and Mastadon in Entertainment Weekly, which is very strange for a Magazine like that to mention such heavy, collossal bands in their pages. I guess the world is not a very friendly place right now, moreso than in the past few decades, and their is a resurgence in the popularity of heavy music. Then there are the bands that will try and cash in on that popularity. I won't name names, I think its pretty obvious whether or not a band is true to its vision or is trying to cash in on the biggest trend at the moment.

Musicscan: Could Deadbird get some benefit from Chucks past in Rwake? What have the reactions on Deadbird been like so far?

Deadbird: The reaction has been great, more than we expected. I guess that there are benefits that come from being connected to such a great band as Rwake, but that's not the point. Those guys have been our family for a really long time. They are one of the greatest bands I have ever known.

Musicscan: What did you guys do differently with Deadbird in comparism to the bands you have been involved in in the past to keep things progressing? Has there been something that you hadn't done previously?

Deadbird: We didn't do very much differently. Chuck and I had a few years between our last band together and this one, and then playing with Alan, who has had a bunch of different bands as well. I think the three of us had been hinting around at getting something started, and it just started moving really fast at first. We wrote really fast on some songs, we haven't ever really though about it, just let it flow, and that goes for all of our bands. One of the biggest differences overall, is the absence of our good friend Jeremy. He used to be in all of our bands previously, and this time, I think that there were different interests involved, and so we all took it upon ourselves to fill out his presence which was really hard.

Musicscan: Were there any particular adjustments or things that you wanted to improve upon from a technical aspect or writing?

Deadbird: I think that it has all been a natural progression of just trying to get better at what our idea has been all along. just getting better at creating with each other and trying to concentrate on the ideas with the most substance; the most feeling.

Musicscan: How do most Deadbird songs come to be? What's the writing process like? How long does it take, on average, to finsh a song?

Deadbird: Most often, we pass a bottle of whiskey around while we are jamming. we will record bits and pieces into a shitty jambox and then do our best to filter out the stuff later. alot of songs are pretty much layed out in a night or two and then some take a couple of months to finish.

Musicscan: When you were writing the new songs did you have certain issues you specifically wanted to address?

Deadbird: The lyrics have always followed the music, and i think the music is just an extension of what's going on in ourselves at that time. the lyrics tend to follow along this path.

Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on "The Head And The Heart"?

Deadbird: It definitely marked a new chapter in our existance. once we laid down the songs in the studio, new ideas seemed to flow easier, and the new songs are developing better.

Musicscan: How did the recording go for your debut? Did it turn out the way you expected it?

Deadbird: We worked with the best local producer/engineer that we know and he was pretty on the level with the ideas that we had. he had good ideas of his own and i feel like it was a productive relationship. codebreaker did some extra mastering for us that really brought the recording into focus. we are pretty happy with it now. plus, the cover that duncan(codebreaker mastermind) came up with is killer.

Musicscan: Is "The Head And The Heart" some kind of concept work? Sometimes I think this way.

Deadbird: Not intentionally; just a reflection of our headspace at the time, which kinda ended up being somewhat cohesive in the end result.

Musicscan: Where do you draw your lyrical inspiration from?

Deadbird: Dreams, drug experiences, life in general; the impossible search for words to express the human subconcious and collective concious; whiskey and pills.

Musicscan: What made you settle on Codebreaker? An European label don't seem to be a natural choice for an US-band, so how did you get involved with them?

Deadbird: Well, they were the only one that offered, and we kinda had a special feeling about the former label rage of achilles; which is what made us send it to them in the first place. duncan(codebreaker) has already gone way out of his way to get our stuff to places that we wouldn't have been able to reach on our own.

Musicscan: Is there a chance to see you guys playing over here in Europe soon?

Deadbird: This is a major goal of ours and we hope to be over there as often as possible in the next year.

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