Wallis Bird - Album - Snippets
Ghosts Of Memories
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"The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy." – The Irish Times
Wallis Bird is wild. Wallis Bird is unpredictable. And she is contradictory. The best way to sum-up an artist who combines so many different styles is with the person themselves - hence the reason for self-titling her new upcoming album.
A musical magpie whose mature, self-affirming songs display an unusual emotional breadth, Wallis defies categorization. The Irish artist has paid her dues, shredding her fingers and breaking string after string from the sheer force of playing on stages small and large across Europe, and throwing her entire soul into each performance with a level of energy that makes her an unassailable force of nature.
Wallis Bird cannot - and should not - be pigeonholed easily. Capable of the delicate, gossamer-thin ballads that her tiny 5ft2 frame would suggest, she can also summon up a whirlwind of passion and rage in the blink of an eye. Her performances can transition seamlessly from the defiant anthems that can motivate thousands of festival-goers into a rousing sing-a-long, to the most hushed and fragile ballads that can captivate an audience into a spellbound silence . Wherever you may find Wallis, she stands out as a contradictory, powerful presence, one that can unite audiences anywhere she plays.
"Wallis Bird" was written and recorded in three places that, while geographically separate, were all deliberately chosen to impose their unique atmospheres onto the songs. From the communist broadcasting station in Berlin of the former GDR where the government broadcast its propaganda until the Berlin wall came down; to an isolated ghost ridden cottage on a godforsaken cliff edge in Ireland during the worst snowstorms in thirty years; to her own flat in Brixton, South London against a backdrop of screaming sirens and looting as the London riots threatened to overrun the city. The result is a record that strives to makes sense of the chaos around us all.
A double Meteor Award winner in her native Ireland, Wallis Bird's new album is her third and follows her debut 'Spoons' and 2009's 'New Boots,' both of which saw her garner critical acclaim and tour with the likes of Billy Bragg, Gabrielle, The Feeling & Rodrigo y Gabriela. Bird has also played some of Europe's biggest festivals, with her recent appearance at Paris' Rock En Seine Festival prompting one of France's biggest daily papers, Le Monde, to hail her performance as one of the highlights of the festival alongside Arcade Fire. An exceptional guitarist, her unique playing style only adds to the intrigue of her performances. Following a childhood accident which permanently damaged her left hand, Bird learned to play her instrument flipped back to front, thus having to create her own bafflingly complex chord fingerings, much to the bewilderment of any musicians in the audience.
This is Wallis Bird, an unpredictable artist who chooses her own path and beckons us to follow.
Michael Vinne became completely enamoured of music in 1980 when the songs of a Beatles record first penetrated his eardrums via headphones, permeated his brain and then touched his musical heart & soul. At the age of sixteen, he decided to learn the bass. Understanding the importance of being an open-minded musician, Michael learned lots of different styles and was influenced by working with various artists on stage and in the recording studio. He was fascinated by rock, jazz, funk and soul music in particular, and their fusion into modern, popular means of expression.Michael was introduced to Wallis Bird by his brother Christian, when he was invited to play at a studio session. Right from the start, they clicked musically, and decided to continue together, with Michael moving first to Mannheim for the project and eventually to London.Michael aims at giving each song a new rough-and-raw, sweet-and-simple, deep-and-profound edge and flavour with his bass.
Christian Vinne was born in 1979 in South Germany. From an early age he felt strongly drawn to the drums and started playing them at the age of nine. He began to take lessons and after one year was allowed to join the local orchestra. Here he learned the most important thing about making music: playing with other musicians! In the following years he played every different kind of music....Symphonic orchestras, Big Bands, first Solo Shows and a few drum ensembles. At sixteen he started playing in bands and joined them touring around Germany.After hundreds of gigs and having finished school, he studied drums and learned and played, learned and played.In 2004 he met Wallis Bird and they realized that they have the same beat pumping in their hearts! With Aoife O'Sullivan and his brother Michael he is in the band playing for Wallis Bird...and he puts his heart into every song Wallis writes.
Aidan - i like to look up instead of down - i see lots of pretty things but often walk into lampposts! i have a very short attention span and get distracted by shiny things. on leaving school, i got distracted by the shiny sunlight of spain, where i moved and developed a taste for performing music and the road. since then, i've travelled all around europe, busking my passage. i returned to dublin in 2003, where i first met wallis on a very vibrant music scene. I later came on board with Wallis Bird as a full-time member and official cocophonist in 2007
Aoife O' Sullivan is a 25 year old Dublin born singstress with an ear for tasty harmonious melodies, an infectious sweet voice and a smiley, on-stage happiness! Aoife met Wallis when they attended college in Dublin and played together in various bands before teaming together on this project. A woman of many guises, she is the official (and wonderfully talented) Photographer for Wallis, documenting over the last two years in detail. If you ever wondered why she's hardly ever in the pictures on this website- it's because she runs
to the side of the stage to be the one behind the camera!