“The Death Birds”, originally released in 2000 on Vancouver’s Global Symphonic label (Frog Eyes, The Organ), was the first of two LPs by this short lived Vancouver experimental electronic post-punk outfit. The tracks that comprise this release were written in a short, condensed period of three months from what was at the time three musicians from varying backgrounds looking to forge a tense atmospheric sound that was simultaneously urgent and distressed.
This album is a small yet noteworthy blip in Vancouver’s world renowned “industrial” music scene, which is also the home to a first wave of artists such as Skinny Puppy, Moev and Front Line Assembly to newer artists such as Left Spine Down and Stiff Valentine. aLUnAred also had sensibilities in the “nu wave” scene that came out of a renewed interest in synth music by indie/post-hardcore musicians that in a larger context brought on the wave of post-punk revival that caught on in the early noughties.
With almost fifteen years of hindsight it’s fair to say that “The Death Birds” is a difficult, even fractured listen but full of interesting sounds and accidents that is always the stuff of magic with younger, experimental musicians. One feeling that is still strong from this record is the sense of millennial tension that perhaps was the foreboding sense of paranoid and dread in a world that would soon change drastically with the events of 911 in New York that fall afternoon.
The original CD of this is long out of print and so as a start to an archival digital release project by former aLUnARED vocalist/bassist JJD (who now lives in the UK and plays as the successful Soft Riot), “The Death Birds” is now offered as a digital release for all interested in hearing it. Included in this re-release is an added, previously un-released bonus track as well as an extended digital booklet based on the original artwork containing extra photos as well as an extended retrospective foreward by former aLUnARED synthesist William Winslow-Hansen.
released February 3, 2014
aLUnARED on this recording was JJD (jack duckworth), erica neumann and william winslow-hansen with additional playing by wayne morhart. instruments played included bass guitar, guitar, voice, synthesizers, programmed drums, sequencers, samplers, tapes, vocorder, effects units, oil barrels, junkyard scraps, a hammer, a food processor, paper and other odds and ends.
All tracks recorded may 2000 to june 2000 at the hive studios, vancouver, canada. the track THE CUT-UPS recorded november 2000 at the hive studios. released on compact disc in december 2000 on the label global symphonic in the running order of this re-release with exception of the track SLOW IN THE COCOON which was unreleased from the album studio session.
Engineered, mixed, edited and assembled by colin stewart and aLUnARED. incidental pieces recorded by individual band members on cassette four track in various locations.