Band: Two Wounded Birds
Release: Two Wounded Birds (album)
Release date: 11/06/12
If Quentin Tarantino had directed ‘Pulp Fiction’ this year, Two Wounded Birds self-titled debut album would surely be the original soundtracks.
After two years releasing singles, touring with the like of The Drums or Black Lips and playing Glastonbury, Johnny Danger and co. had finally released their debut album, and showed that time does count to create a sublime record.
The American spirit style album mixes the years that musically influenced nowadays music. From a 50’s style of groove and rock’n’roll to a 70’s high up trip of electric sounds and 80’s Wild West and Tarantino’s films inspired themes, the band adds their British indie/pop touch and delivers a graceful and transporting The Velvet Underground-ish masterpiece. Listening to it brings you right at a night at the Max’s, when Patti Smith would come and discovers rock’n’roll and where
With songs such as ‘Together Young’, ‘I’m No Saviour’ and ‘Growing’; the record transpires the fall of a childish/teenage love to separation, death, and resurrection.
When the first song, ‘Together Now’, creates an indie-pop version of what could be ‘Stay’ from The Hollies, the catchy opening and the “I wanna be with you” happy tone that Johnny Danger brings, leads to a progressive, maybe the most progressive track of the record, ‘My Lonesome’. The languish voice and low tempo gives all its sensuality when the singer starts with a “Tonight…”; and the American trip drives you to a hot night stopped at a motel on route 66 like, finishing in a brilliant The Doors high electronic keyboard solo moment. The ‘To Be Young’ track exalts a more childish happy moment, but slowly the mood in the record changes and you can assist a declension from happiness to sadness with the breaking point track ‘It’s Not Up To You’. The epic love story is falling apart and leads to some more bluesy tempo with, for example, ‘Night Patrol’. ‘No Goodbyes’, a prom theme break-up song brings another 80’s style to the record. As ‘The Outer World’ emphasizes the fear of being alone and the realisation of the real outside world, it is the begging voice of Johnny Danger that makes this song the saddest one. The last track from the album ‘Growing’, on the other hand brings hope with a The XX influence intro and outro when the superb guitar riff shows a sort of peace and quiet expression, hypnotising you and, in a way, bringing you the feeling that everything will be alright. As the instruments grow louder and louder and explode in a heavy chorus with the repetition of the same lyric, the album ends in a palpable emotion and the band had exulted its demons.
‘Two Wounded Birds’ is the self-titled debut epic album from the U.S rock’n’roll band and is for me one of the most outstanding record of the year. The talent and perfection of the band gives no doubts that they will remain for their roots and modern twist and soon be appreciated as they deserve.
Reviewer: Alice Quintana