Taylor Hawkins: The Birds Of Satan is my freedom

Foo Fighter's Taylor Hawkins And Chevy Metal Benefit Concert With The Generation Rescue And Age Of Autism

Taylor Hawkins has said in an interview that The Birds Of Satan, the band he is in with My Ruin’s Mick Murphy and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden, is just the freedom he’s needed.

Speaking in an interview with Music Radar, Hawkins admits that he isn’t always able to express himself in Foo Fighters, his regular band fronted by Dave Grohl.


“Not having to share that department with anyone and being able to come up with all my own drum shit, just the way I want it, is such fun because I really don’t always get that freedom in the Foo Fighters. And nor should I, because those are Dave’s songs and, being a drummer himself, he knows exactly how he wants things to be,” he says.

“To be honest, I think the fact that I even get to play drums on Foo Fighters records is kind of astounding, considering one of the greatest drummers of all time is the lead singer of the band and could easily do it by himself.

“So, yes, there is definitely something I get with a project like this that I don’t get with Foo Fighters. And Dave understands that, just as I understand that he’s a drummer first and foremost and needs to go off and play drum gigs every once in a while.”

The Birds Of Satan released their debut album in April this year, garnering a 5/5 review from Skin Back Alley. You can read the review here.

They also recently rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the LA based TV talk show. You can watch their performance of song “Thanks For The Line” below.

Meanwhile, Mick Murphy and Tairrie B. Murphy of My Ruin are heading to the UK in August to play a series of shows, including this year’s Alt Fest.

My Ruin will play:

15th of August: Alt Fest, Kettering
16th of August: Underworld, Camden
17th of August: The Haunt, Brighton
19th of August: Sound Control, Manchester
20th of August: O2 Academy, Birmingham
21st of August: The Fleece, Bristol
22nd of August: Fibbers, York
23rd of August: The Waterfront, Norwich

The band released their latest album, The Sacred Mood, in summer last year, and secured the top spot in Skin Back Alley’s “Best Albums of 2013”. Read what we had to say here.

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My Ruin cancel Doom In June appearance, York UK show still on!

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My Ruin have announced via their official Facebook page that they have had to cancel their appearance at the Las Vegas Doom In June festival.

Tairrie B Murphy posted the message confirming the news yesterday.

“Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart we have to cancel our appearance at Doom in June Festival on Saturday June 7th,” the message reads. “Sadly, our good friend /co producer Joel Stooksbury who was planning to come to LA from Tennessee and sit in with us for our shows next weekend at the whisky a go-go on Friday, June 6th and in Vegas the following night, has dislocated his shoulder due to a freak accident.”

“Obviously we did not want to cancel the shows so with this last minute turn of events, please know that we have explored every possible option. That being said, we have asked another friend in Los Angeles, John Lousteau (who produced the new albums by both The Birds of Satan & Teenage Time Killers) to step in and replace Joel on the drums being that he has played shows with My Ruin in the past and is familiar with our songs. Unfortunately John is only able to do The Whisky show with us on the 6th because he has a previously booked gig on the 7th.”

“We send our love to Joel and wish him a speedy recovery and also want to thank John for filling in on such short notice, allowing us to keep our show at The Whisky next Friday night which we plan to rock with our special guests Crowned By Fire.”

Meanwhile, the band have also confirmed that their gig in York, UK on the 22nd August is going ahead despite any confusion.

“Although there has been some confusion today, we want to let you know that our show at Fibbers on Friday the 22nd August is still ON!” the band’s message reads.

“We know some of you were sent emails saying the show had been cancelled – See Tickets are obliged to say that if the client (in this case the “old” promoter cancels the show) – and that is what has happened here.”

“As we have stated in a previous posts, the original Promoter proved to be very unprofessional and the show was in jeopardy because of this attitude,” the post continues. “We therefore took the initiative to contact the venue and book with another Promoter (Tim from Mr H Presents) who instructed the old Promoter to transfer the advance sales direct to the venue’s See Tickets client account. Unfortunately, out of spite he has not done this which we are all finding out about today. Hence the refunds.”

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused… Thank you again for the continued rock love & support! xo Mrs M.”

And in case you missed it, Mick Murphy of My Ruin debuted his new GJ2 Triple M signature model guitar on Jimmy Kimmel Live this month, playing two songs with his bandmates from The Birds Of Satan on the LA based TV show.

You can watch the band’s performance of “Pieces Of the Puzzle” below.

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