An English take on American roots music
The man who once told us he loved us from the bottom of his pencil case, founder Beautiful South member Dave Hemingway returns with his new band SUNBIRDS.
Having retired from the live scene at the back end of 2016, Dave has been keeping busy together with erstwhile South colleague, guitarist/songwriter Phil Barton, new discovery singer/violinist Laura Wilcockson and drummer Marc Parnell. ‘Cool To Be Kind’ was released in November 2020, on the independent label Nectar Records signalling the arrival of Sunbirds with new songs and a new sound.
The band’s sound features the instrumentation of traditional American roots music combined with the occasional outburst of guitar more associated with Seattle in the late 80’s/early 90’s. However, you can only sing about what you know. “Although a lot of the songs have an Americana feel” says Dave “they’re still about life in England. You’re going to feel a bit daft singing about pick-up trucks and low down honky-tonks when you live in Yorkshire.”
Their debut album ‘Cool To Be Kind’ captures truthful, open-hearted, funny and sometimes painfully honest songs, turning the page to a new chapter for Dave Hemingway and The Beautiful South story.
“Now we’re Sunbirds we’re free to dig a little deeper into ourselves”, says Phil “having said that, there’s no exact science here, we’re just enjoying ourselves and expressing whatever we want whether it’s about love, longing, depression or Gary Lineker’s crisp adverts”.
“A highpoint of it’s rootier ilk” – We Are Cult
“An album with warmth to spare” – MOJO Magazine
Sunbirds ‘Cool To Be Kind’ debut album is out now available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon UK & Music, all HMV stores and via the website – www.sunbirds.co.uk. Sunbirds are: Dave Hemingway – Vocals, Phil Barton – Guitar, Laura Wilcockson – Vocals & Violin, Marc Parnell – Drums, Chris Offen – Guitar & Keybaords, Jerry Jobson – Bass
For a look at the band on the Northside go to https://youtu.be/JD_xiHG7CGk