Bird to Beast (aka married couple Sam and Hannah Hird) hail from Colne in Lancashire. The duo signed an album deal with new Manchester indie MUK Records late last year and are gearing up for the imminent release of their debut EP, To Lips From Lungs.
I had the pleasure of watching them perform with a full band for the first time last night, and they blew me away.
Essentially they’re a folk band but their influences are vast and varied, from the pop nous of greats like The Beach Boys, Kate Bush and The Beatles to contemporary singer-songwriters like Rufus Wainwright and James Mercer – and with their debut lead single, touches of French pop too.
Check out their new video for, To Lips From Lungs, below:
Sam started playing violin aged four and has studied and played music for most of his life. He (purposefully) missed out on Britpop in the 90’s, deciding instead to immerse himself in classical music whilst studying at Chetham School of Music and then The University of Manchester.
Hannah came early to music too, and started playing piano aged seven, later singing in a number of choirs and going on to study at The University of Salford. For the past year she has toured with singer Ellie Goulding, singing backing vocals and performing at numerous festivals and TV shows, including, Later with Jools Holland, The Jonathan Ross Show – and even William and Kate’s Royal Wedding reception.
To Lips From Lungs is released on iTunes on 8th September, preceded by a single launch party at the Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 5th September (you can get hold of tickets here).
Their eponymous album follows on 14th October, and you can check out some more tunes over on the Listen page of their website here.
Check them out now while they’re still a gently whispered secret… you’ll be glad you did.
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