BIRDPEN – ‘Oh So Happy’ New Single & Video

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‘OH SO HAPPY’ new single out 10.08.18 from the forthcoming album 

‘THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH EVERYTHING’

out 12.10.18

BirdPen is an alternative rock/electronic/prog act formed by Dave Pen (also the singer and guitarist in Archive) and Mike Bird. Their fifth studio album, ‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’, will be released in mid-October. New single ‘Oh So Happy’ melds heavy/psychedelic guitars, rolling basslines, Krautrock drums and old school electronics to create a doom groove ambience, while musically the duo draw inspiration from the likes of Deerhunter, Hookworms, Suuns, The Beta Band, Pink Floyd and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

BirdPen will play an extensive European tour to promote the new album, including a number of UK shows. 

The following dates have already been announced :

17.10.18  LONDON The Islington

18.10.18  SOUTHAMPTON Joiners Arms    


BIRDPEN

‘THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH EVERYTHING

1  This Is Your Life

2  There’s Something Wrong With Everything

3  Eyes In The Sky

4  Easy Life

5  Star Of The Half-Time Show

6  The End Is On TV

7  Brainwash

8  Oh So Happy

9  Good News

10  Natural Rewards  

Families sit huddled together in front of their flatscreen TV’s peeking through their hands to see the new world leader being sworn in by a fading shadow of hope while criminals applaud. The world is crying and The End Is On TV. Outside, lost souls wander in a daze fixed on prescription drugs with Eyes In The Sky. This Is Your Life trying to escape advertising and takeaway menus and spending what you don’t have and looking perfect and trying to fit in and everyone and everything always being Oh So Happy. Escape when and how you can, get off your knees and face the sun, find your groove and create an Easy Life for yourself as the screens keep the mind bombarded with grim tales, fear and sadness. Why can’t they bring us some Good News? Don’t let the Natural Rewards we seek be diluted, fight the lies however you can because we realise and accept that there will always be Something Wrong With Everything. Never give up as you have everything to win the race, it’s beautiful with love and grace, keep moving on.

Welcome to ‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’. Welcome to the world of BirdPen. ‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’ is available to pre-order exclusively via Pledge Music :

pledgemusic.com/birdpen

 

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