Archived News: 2008

New Tracks - Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We've just uploaded two new tracks recorded recently at Lost Boys Studio with Nick Mailing, What it Means and Before I Go Crazy. You can listen to them on our MySpace site!

Fly gig reviewed - Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Our gig at the Fly in the West End on 1 December has been reviewed by Read it here.

Kentish Town Forum this Sunday!! - Tuesday, December 09, 2008

We are extremely pleased to announce that we'll be supporting The Quireboys at the Kentish Town Forum this Sunday (14th December).

It'd be great to see you at the show!

Tickets are available here.

Merry Christmas!!

Exciting news - Monday, December 08, 2008

Us Whybirds will be heading into a London studio this weekend with esteemed New York-based producer Elliot Mazer (Neil Young, The Who, The Byrds, The Band) for a two-day recording session.

We're obviously hugely excited to be working with a bona fide legend of the music world and look forward to the outcome of the sessions.

We'll keep you posted.

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Esquires headline show review - Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Whybirds - 15th November 2008

Reviewed by Martin Stapleton

Wow! What a satisfying evening. Musical gratification indeed. A good-sized crowd, technically gifted musicians performing an absolute abundance of enjoyable tunes. Proof that, in this reviewer's opinion, going out in search for live music is quite possibly the secret to a happy and fruitful life.

What can one possibly say about country rockers The Whybirds? It is always a real pleasure to witness Dave, Ben, Taff and Luke in action, as their ultra bittersweet lyrics combined with a melodic nous is a pure joy. Phew! What a potent force. A formula with its plaintive twang that always mirrors the light stepping rhythms that eventually sweep over us all. The band's uniform use of refrain is a shared pleasure for us all. Everything during the set slips comfortably into place. They keep things clear and arrow straight, nailing so many memorable tunes as they progress, sometimes sounding forlorn in each passing phase. For me, there is to be in 'Make Me Numb' a rich glow and a mischievous magical thought that perhaps sometimes that answer does come inside a bottle!

The songs of The Whybirds echo of deep lush woods and those bendy winding rivers. The set transforms the imagination. Rightfully, and all credit to the boys, they perform an encore in memory of one of the truly legendary rock performers. Mitch Mitchell, drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, sadly passed away a few days ago and The Whybirds' cover of 'Fire' was a fitting tribute.

AMERICANA-UK INTERVIEW - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We've just been interviewed by Read it here.

A quick word on the new tracks... - Thursday, August 28, 2008

As the eagle-eyed (or eared) among you will have noticed, we've got some new tracks up to our MySpace site. All of them were recorded live with ZERO overdubs. Why do this when we have a lovely-sounding album available you ask?

Well, for one, we wanted to get some of new songs we've written out in the public domain, plus we wanted to show off our live side a bit. Simple as that really.

Our album is still available from the online store, which we suggest you go and buy...

BUY YOUR BORDERLINE TICKETS NOW! - Friday, August 15, 2008

Tickets to The Whybirds headline show at The Borderline in London on 13 September – which falls as the venue celebrates its 30th anniversary – are starting to sell fast, so make sure you get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Support comes from some great bands (Grantura, The Jacks and JD Smith) so come down for a wonderful night of music, featuring the heartbreakin', earthquakin', history-makin' Whybirds!

Buy your tickets here.

See you at the Borderline...

Americana UK review of Rhythms of the World performance... - Friday, July 25, 2008

Review by Jonathan Aird. Read it here.

ESQUIRES REVIEW - Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hey, we got a nice review from Bedford Esquires for our gig on the 17th May. Read it here.

QUIREBOYS/ESQUIRES NEWS - Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hello there,

Just a quick note to say that our Dave is playing mandolin with The Quireboys tonight (15 May) at their album launch at the Hard Rock Café in London. Our Ben actually played on said album, but Dave's doing it live. Weird.

Also, at very short notice, our gig at Bedford Esquires this Saturday (17 May) has turned into a headlining gig, as Palladium have pulled out. Our friends Sulfer will be playing with us, as will two other great acts.

Make us proud Bedford, we haven't been home in months!

Danny Federici - Friday, April 18, 2008

We're gutted to hear of the passing of Danny Federici, the E Street Band's organ player.

Not only did he help define Springsteen's sound, the organ bits on our record are directly influenced by Federici's playing. He's all over songs like What it Means, Girl is on Fire, Hard to Find...we owe him a lot.

RIP Danny. You'll be missed.

BUY OUR DEBUT ALBUM NOW!!! - Friday, April 11, 2008

Copies of both The Whybirds' excellent debut album and 2007's Tonight EP are available from our website here.

EP tracklisting:

No Time to Think

Album tracklisting:

Girl is on Fire
Turn Right (I'll Turn Left)
Sweet Thing
Willow Street
Fresh Start
What it Means
Foolish Heart
Make Me Numb
Four Little Letters
Hard to Find

The album comes in a lovely looking digipack with 16-page full-colour sleeve, all printed on recycled materials.


PS. For those of you who want to buy Mp3s (though Mp3s are rubbish), the record and EP should be available on iTunes by the end of the month.

Album launch setlist - Wednesday, March 12, 2008

For those who didn't manage to get down to the Barfly for the album launch, and for the people who did but are interested in this kind of thing (like us music geeks), here's the setlist...

Girl is on Fire
Turn Right (I'll Turn Left)
Four Little Letters
Willow Street
Foolish Heart
Make Me Numb
What it Means
Hard to Find
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) - Bruce Springsteen cover
Before I Go Crazy (new song)

We had our producer Nick Mailing playing keys with us, which made it all the better, plus Caz Adcock doing our sound, which enabled us to hear ourselves for once.

There's a good chance that a recording of the show will be put up on, but we'll keep you posted.

ALBUM OUT NOW! - Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Thanks so much to the people that came down to the album launch on 8th March. It was amazing, and that's down to the audience. The atmosphere was absolutely incredible, and we're extremely grateful to those that managed to come down.

From now on, you'll be able to buy copies of our debut album from any gig you come to (as well as some t-shirts and EPs and bottle openers etc...). The record and EP will also be available on iTunes before the end of April, and hard copies will be available online very, very soon. We'll keep you posted.

Now we're working on stuff for the new album! Some of you will have heard a few of the new songs if you've seen us live recently, and we literally can't wait to get them recorded. The aim at the moment is to release another EP and full-length record before the end of the year, and maybe an acoustic EP too.

Thanks again for coming to the launch, you fucking rocked!!

Borderline Gig Confirmed! - Saturday, February 23, 2008

We're chuffed to announce that The Whybirds have been chosen to help celebrate the Borderline's 20th Birthday with a special headline show on the 13th September.

The Borderline is the home of Alt.Country music in the UK and has seen some legendary acts grace it's stage over the last 20 years including Oasis, Pearl Jam, Ryan Adams and REM. The world famous venue is hosting a month of special gigs to commemorate it's opening and The Whybirds are honoured to be the first band booked for the celebrations.

Tickets are available now here priced at just £7. Book now to avoid disappointment and guarantee your place at the boys' biggest show yet!

Interview for - Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hello everyone, Just a quick note to direct you to an interview we did for

Read it here.

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Nodules and ganglions - Monday, February 11, 2008

Unfortunately, the band are having to cancel their gig at The Fleece in Chelmsford on the 11th April. Tuck is having an operation on his hand, which is gonna put him out of action for a couple of weeks. It's nothing serious, but he won't be able to play until it heals. Sorry Essex people!