Release Date: Jun 26, 2012
Record label: Holiday Friends Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Two Wounded Birds may have formed in a small town on the isolated British seaside, but they have California blood running through their veins. On their self-titled debut album, they incorporate the sunny good times of the beach and the lonely city-at-night feel of classic noir, and they do a fine job with each. Inspired by the reverby tones of surf music, the sultry balladry of early rock & rollers (think Rick Nelson's "Lonesome Town"), and a little bit of modern noise pop, the band gets a sound that's both classic and quite modern.
Sure, we knew that Margate’s Two Wounded Birds were backed by The Drums, seeing as they’ve played umpteen gigs with them and Drums guitarist Jacob Graham runs Holiday Friends Recording Co. But with ‘Two Wounded Birds’’ taut snare snaps, joyous choruses and rinky-dinky guitar lines, the quartet’s debut album suggests they’re literally backed by The Drums doing the Grease soundtrack. The vibe is shamelessly retro, but from the Jerry Lee Lewis-isms of ‘Daddy’s Junk’ to the nasal delivery of ‘Night Patrol’, their eagerness to look into music’s past only serves to make them sound timeless.[i]Jamie Fullerton[/i] .
In an era where a band’s visual presentation is so crucial, London retro-pop outfit Two Wounded Birds is at an advantage thanks to how decidedly attractive the four-piece is. Still, their debut self-titled LP, released on The Drums’ Jacob Graham’s Holiday Friends Recording Company, proves there’s a great band underneath those pouty good looks. To be deemed a retro band is to be a devotee of musical artifacts like ’60s R&B or New Wave, but Two Wounded Birds’ output is more nuanced than many of their counterparts.