Paramore, City and colour, Missy Higgins
Sarah Bird- Acoustic Guitar and Vox Andrew Herft- Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keys, Synth, String Arrangement Tim Ellwood- Bass Alex Hislop- Drums and Percussion
City and colour, Mute Math, Paramore
Sarah Bird took a rather unusual approach to releasing her latest album Break Or Bend, by which was made possible by the creative industry’s crowd-funding site, "Pozible" (also used by the likes of Ben Lee and Eskimo Joe). The project was financially assisted by fans and supporters who banded together to donate above & beyond the original $3000 target which was required for the pressing & printing of the CD’s ($2200), artwork ($600), distribution ($200) and press release ($400). For donating as little as $15 to the project fans received a signed copy of the album & a custom-made guitar pick; those who chose to donate over $250 to the album scored a bunch of signed & custom merch, as well as tickets to the Album launch show & a secret gig in her own house! The fans certainly pulled through, with the final donations tallying at $3646 & 42 contributors (some of which chose to remain anonymous). Lyrically stimulated when jamming to Mute Math, John Butler, & City and Colour, Bird has created her own style of music with relatable lyrics & upbeat melodies. Winning multiple awards such as two separate National “Musicoz” Awards, a finalist in the 2011 & 2013 APRA Professional Development Award, finalist for the John Butler “Seeds” Grant (2012), winner of the 2013 Jameson Battle of the Bands, and a finalist at the International Song Writing Competition (ISC) in the "unsigned only" category for her song "What is There" (2012), the future is bright for this young, talented musician. Her newest album, Break Or Bend launched to a sold out crowd at Sydney’s iconic venue “The Basement”, promises to be a wholly personal adventure from Bird; having chosen to record in her co-guitarist’s lounge room with self-purchased equipment, this is an album that is going to be all about Bird & her musical journey! Writing songs straight from the core of her most memorable experiences, this album paints a fragmented picture of Bird’s life. “One Way Ticket” expresses the freedom and independence she so strongly held while leaving her hometown of Glen Innes in order to chase her dream in Sydney. Imagine yourself driving in the car, windows down, sun shining and your head just won’t stop bobbing to the catchy riffs from the glockenspiel, leaving you feeling totally empowered to whatever the wind blows your way. Another track, “What is There”, opened up new creative doors for Sarah when experimenting in the studio, came up with the idea to replace the notes in each guitar chord with a vocal harmony, so that the whole first verse is just voice. You cannot help but be moved by this track and the way it so perfectly captures the loss of love and a broken heart. Her unique melodies catch the ear early and take hold until the very last note, leaving the listener grounded with dancing feet and a heart full of feeling. Doing things her own way, Bird is as unconventional as one can imagine. Creating interestingly unique guitar tunings has taken this stand out musician into a league of her own. “The thing I love about guitar is there is just so much you can do with it. You have access to 6 different notes at one time, and chord shapes are endless, especially when you alter the tuning!” The tiny-framed Bird with eyes full of passion and excitement says that in a live set, she has at least 6 different guitar tunings. Recently the AU Review attended one of Bird’s shows, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, “Sarah’s stronger, more powerful voice and driving songs cut through the noise of the crowd. Her style is quite poppy, and her heartfelt lyrics are moving, the emotion with which she played each song was inspiring to watch. Each song was met with large applause and shouts, which was well-deserved for the singer-songwriter “– The AU Review. Sarah Bird has youth, elegance, strength and most of all, an undying passion for using music as her medium of expression. After the release of Break or Bend, Bird is planning a busking tour along the east coast. Her goals of getting radio play alongside performances in the festival circuit will be easily reached with her determined attitude and of course, talent!
30 Oct 2013