We Are The Birdcage

3 Sep

“It’s one thing to make nice music, but it’s another thing to create a moment in time that is memorable and really emotionally affecting.”

Finding incredibly talented duo’s that harmonize beautifully is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I was pleasantly surprised when I found We Are The Birdcage. All the way from Australia, Amanda K. and Matt Destry have been making music that has gotten the attention of many fans, including me. Their debut EP has been playing non-stop in my home and I was so excited to have the chance to present their music on Sounds That Matter. Here is my interview with the lovely duo.

Q. It seems like before the slow, painful death of MySpace, they became almost a haven to artists trying to get their name out there. Do you think that MySpace helped with your fan base?

A. Not really – we came into existence just as MySpace (particularly in Australia) had the death-wobbles, so whilst we had (and still have) a MySpace account, we found other social networks like Twitter and FB much more effective.

Q. Your songs are very calming. Do you ever feel the need to amp it up and let some frustration out with a different kind of sound?

A. For sure, our forthcoming EP will feature some tracks that are a little firmer – and particularly in the context of a live show, we enjoy rocking it out a little more.

Q. It seems lately that indie and folk bands have been starting to come out of their “shell” in the United States, and they are being embraced more and more by the music industry. Does this differ from the music industry in Australia?

A. Um – don’t think so – I think it’s a good time everywhere at the moment for acoustic-based indie/folk, and there are a lot of acts in Australia right now that are getting good airplay and exposure that would definitely fit that type of genre.

Q. At this point of your career, if you could go anywhere to perform, where would it be?

A. We love to play old theaters and church chapels – there’s a few really good places like that in Australia, but I’ve also seen photos of some amazing theater spaces in the States. The State Theater in Sydney would definitely be on the wish list!

Q. Are there any plans on a US tour?

A. There are no form plans at this stage, but within a couple of years we’d be looking to head over to the States for sure – perhaps touring with another artist.

Q. What is your favorite thing about playing in front of a live audience?

A. Well, it’s one thing to make nice music, but it’s another thing to create a moment in time that is memorable and really emotionally affecting. We both have significant moments in our lives where we can remember being at a show and it’s like the lights come up and somehow everything in life becomes a little clearer and finally makes sense – we want to do that for our audience.

Q. What is your biggest inspiration in your songwriting?

A. Our songs revolve around themes of journey, love, loss and hope.

Q. What would you consider your biggest break so far?

A. The music industry is fickle at best, and cut-throat at worst, and so it’s hard to think of things all the time in terms of breaks – for you never know what’s around the corner. That said, JJJ Radio in Australia has played our stuff, and we sold out our last single press release – so they’re probably our biggest actual breaks so far.

Q. Your video for “Up and Leave” is so simple, yet so beautiful. Was there any significance to the unthreading of the red sweater?

A. Absolutely. The whole idea about ”Up and Leave” is that so often we search for stuff that has been right under our noses all along. The girl in the clip goes searching for something, and when she finds it, it was where she left it, but the search has totally changed her.

Q. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Probably our track ”With the Waves”. Not only would the theme work for being on a desert island, the song talks about how we would feel as well!

Here is Up & Leave, a gorgeous song off of their current self titled EP.


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