Live From Los Angeles – Tairrie B. Photography: Chevy Metal, Conejo Valley Days, 14th of May, 2016

CM100CVD_TB2016When My Ruin frontwoman and wicked witch of the west coast Tairrie B. Murphy is not on stage or in the studio she’s busy conjuring rock magick behind the camera, shooting some of her favorite bands & musicians live in and around the city of angels. Check out her work in the gallery below.

Band: Chevy Metal
Venue: Conejo Valley Days, CA.
Date: 14th of May, 2016
All photos: © Tairrie B. Photography

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WATCH! The Birds of Satan: “Too Far Gone to See” on Carson Daly

The BofS Carson Daly

In case you missed it, The Birds Of Satan ran through a show-stealing rendition of their track “Too Far Gone To See” on Last Call with Carson Daly last night.

With an extended acoustic intro featuring Pat Smear of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame, the song eventually sets controls for the heart of the sun as Birds’ core members Taylor Hawkins, Mick Murphy and Wiley Hodgden bring the thunder.

You can watch the clip by heading to NBC’s Widget Player here.

The televised performance comes hot on the heels of The Birds of Satan releasing a new song, “Be The Bird”, in a very low key launch earlier this week.

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The Birds Of Satan release new track, “Be The Bird”

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Fans of The Birds Of Satan rejoice! The band have sneakily released a new song, “Be The Bird”!

The track appeared calmly on Spotify and iTunes today with very little fanfare.

Meanwhile, over on the website of the UK’s Rhythm Magazine, the following popped up:

“What would a song featuring Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Stewart Copeland, Zak Starkey, Stephen Perkins, Matt Cameron, Mark Brzezicki, Kenny Aronoff, Drew Hester and Butch Vig sound like? Pick up the new issue of Rhythm and you’ll find out!”

“Yes, there is an extra special treat for you in this month’s Rhythm – you’ll find an exclusive Birds of Satan track on your disc!”

“The song, Be The Bird, is no normal ditty either. No, it features the A-list drummers mentioned above solo-ing as if their lives depended on it.”

It’s safe to say that drummers – and those who love listening to them play – will get slightly excited around the 4 minute mark of this 7 minute plus firebrand of a song.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out our 5/5 review of The Birds Of Satan’s debut album. Just click here to find out why we said “It’s a boundary-hopping, rule-breaking, category-defying rock n’ roll masterpiece!”

As well as Hawkins’ drumming, you’ll find some exceptional guitar work from his regular Birds Of Satan bandmates, Mick Murphy (also of My Ruin and Neanderthal fame) and Wiley Hodgden (also of Chevy Metal.)

The track was produced by John Lousteau at Studio 606 and mixed by Drew Hester. The startling list of other contributors is as follows:

John Lousteau: Vocals
Chris Chaney: Keyboards
Stephen Perkins: Drums
Dave Grohl: Drums
Drew Hester: Drums
Stewart Copeland: Drums
Zak Starkey: Drums
Matt Cameron: Drums
Mark Brzezicki: Drums
Butch Vig: Drums
Kenny Aronoff: Drums

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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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Album Review: The Birds of Satan

Birds Of SatanOur Verdict: 5/5
Find it at: The Birds of Satan.com

Holy shitballs, Batman! Is this a Bossa nova record?! Listen! It’s definitely there on ‘Pieces Of The Puzzle’!

Nope.

Wait a minute.

It’s an epic, 70’s-styled psychedelic prog behemoth, redolent of masters such as Pink Floyd! Just check out 10-minute opener ‘The Ballad of The Birds of Satan’, or the harmonious majesty of the album’s closer, ‘Too Far Gone To See’!

Nope.

Hang on, just a second longer.

Actually, it’s a groove-centric, stoner-inflected, straight-up classic rock record! Wrap your ears around that guitar work in ‘Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’, the forward momentum of ‘Thanks for the Line’, or the Allman-esque balladry of ‘Raspberries.’

Nope. That doesn’t quite cover it either.

Somehow, in summary, the eponymous debut album from The Birds of Satan is all of these things and yet none of them. It’s a boundary-hopping, rule-breaking, category-defying rock n’ roll masterpiece. It’s the kind of record that comes around once in a blue moon (or red moon, given the lunar eclipse taking place as the record was released.) Made quickly – it was recorded in a week – and fearlessly by musicians – nay artists – at the top of their game, it’s an absolute gem.

There’s rhythmic complexity and dynamism aplenty across the songs presented here. You might argue that there should be, given that a third of the core band happens to be one of the world’s best known drummers in Taylor Hawkins. But his talented tub-thumping is more than ably matched by Mick Murphy’s skilful six-stringing, and Wiley Hodgden’s dextrous bass.

The chemistry of the group is undeniable, as every track pops and fizzes with a feeling of freedom, release and unabashed joy. You can quite imagine these three men, ensconced in Studio 606, eyes closed, heads down, instinctively feeling their way through each track. And then, after that successful take that captured this lightning in a bottle, looking up at each other, grins on faces, knowing that this is just how they wanted to sound.

Other instrumentation is brought in on selected tracks to complement songs where appropriate; guitar, bass and drums being augmented with piano, harpsichord, studio sounds and – memorably on one occasion – a recording of a crying baby. Dave Grohl and Pat Smear make fleeting guest appearances, and Hawkins’ vocals are strong throughout too, holding the tunes and supplying a welcome, warm, raw and bluesy grit.

And damn, when is Mick Murphy going to get his due?! Here is a wildly under-appreciated guitarist if ever there was one, delivering the music for My Ruin’s best album of their career during 2013, releasing his own new instrumental LP under the Neanderthal moniker, working away on the upcoming Teenage Time Killers album, gigging extensively with Chevy Metal, and now helping to deliver this delightful slab of hair-raising rock n’ roll. They don’t come much better, and his work is stunning throughout, providing several of the albums high points in the tones, textures, rhythms and solos that propel the album along.

Let’s not forget Hodgden, either. Long-time friend of Hawkins or not, you don’t make an album this good without a top-flight rhythm section, and Wiley more than holds his own. Listen closely and there he is, locking the groove, delivering the low-end, bringing the funk and – when Mick takes flight – holding each and every song together.

To say that The Birds of Satan has been consistently talked about as a side-project for Hawkins, Murphy and Hodgden, it feels to these ears far more substantial than that. How the world receives it; whether any more albums appear; whether this proves to be a one off gift or the start of something bigger; only time will tell. Whatever the outcome, be grateful that this fine record exists for your listening pleasure. The pieces of it’s puzzle certainly fit.

So, contrary to popular belief, the Devil doesn’t have all the best tunes. Take a stroll over to his aviary, however, and you might just find them there.

The Birds of Satan is out now on Shanabelle Records.
Buy it, and learn more about the band at The Birds of Satan.com
Check out the band’s promo video for the album below

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