Archived News: 2009

NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER - Thursday, September 03, 2009

We’re extremely excited to tell you that the Whybirds’ second album, Cold Blue Sky, is to be released in November this year!

The band recently finished work on the new record at Monkey Puzzle House in Suffolk with engineer Tom Peters.

The 14-track album features some songs that many fans already know and love, such as “Jenny, Can We Take a Ride?”, “Morva”, “Mona Lisa” and “Wild, Wild Wind”, as well as a raft of brand new material.

Cold Blue Sky will be launched at a special show at the 600-capacity Relentless Garage in London on Saturday 7 November. The band really needs your support for this gig to make the night unforgettable for everyone involved. Tell your friends and spread the word about the ‘birds!

Tickets are already available from, so don’t hesitate to book yours now for what will be the most important night in the band’s life.

The album will be released on iTunes and other digital stores, but those who buy a hard copy from gigs or will be treated to an exclusive CD-only song, “I Just Want to See Your Face”.

Store Back Online! - Thursday, September 3, 2009

Just to let you know that the Online Store is back online again, from which you can pick up a copy of the album and Tonight EP. And in a few months the new album Cold Blue Sky!

Free download! - Thursday, June 25, 2009

Download The Whybirds' "What It Means" here! Do it now!

What It Means on - Saturday, June 06, 2009

The most recent mix of What It Means (plus a video of Girl Is On Fire) is now available on Check it out!

Tickets for Monto Water Rats gig now available! - Saturday, June 06, 2009

Click here to buy your tickets directly from us!

Free Download of new track Wild, Wild Wind - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Just click here for a free download of our new track Wild, Wild Wind (produced by Elliot Mazer).

New YouTube Channel - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Click on the 'YouTube' link at the bottom of the page to go The Whybirds YouTube channel.

Borderline tickets sold out (on - Sunday, May 10, 2009

All of's tickets to our show at the Borderline on 16 May have gone. HOWEVER! There are still a few tickets available from BE QUICK!

New Songs AND New Music/Video Player - Sunday, May 4, 2009

Here's the mini version (which you can stick on your own page/blog, just click 'Share', copy the code and then paste it on your site):


For the full player head over to the Music page where you can hear the news songs and while you're there signup to the mailing list! Also, there're some new pics in the gallery. We spoil you.

Store Currently Offline - Saturday, May 3, 2009

The Whybirds Offical merchandise page is currently offline. Stay tuned for any updates.

Americana UK live review - Saturday, April 25, 2009

This is Americana UK's review of our performance at The Ent Shed in Bedford on 14th March (supporting Peter Bruntnell):

‘The Whybirds’ – unknown to this correspondent but not from now on. They blasted into their set with a two song segue that dropped many a jaw. Here were four men plainly in love with 1973, beards from The Joy of Sex, four part harmonies and ‘twin axe attack’. Skynyrd meets The Faces meets Steve Miller and Bob Seger in East Anglia. And the songs… the songs were complex West Coast and Little Feat, all sung by different members at different times. They took the roof off the Shed and looked good for another hour. These boys have the songs and musical chops to be very big, if the Kings of Leon can fill stadiums then so can The Whybirds.

Read the review here


Cornerhouse Gig Review - Thursday, April 02, 2009

Our recent performance at Cambridge's new music venue The Cornerhouse has been reviewed by the Hunts Post. They said:

HAVING caught Cambridge’s latest sensation at the excellent launch party for The Cornerhouse venue in Newmarket Road, on Saturday, I can safely say any hype surrounding this harmony-driven fourpiece is much deserved.

A classic rock band with a fresh twist, all four band members sing note-perfectly and harmonise to devastating effect.

While musically it’s refreshing to find a group that isn’t trying to cross-genres, they are very simply a rock band, through and through. With a sound that gives a faithful nod to acts such as The Black Crowes, Bruce Springsteen and even Pearl Jam, the songs are punchy, catchy and often uplifting.

Saturday’s headline performance found the band on top form.

Recording News - Friday, March 06, 2009

The band has just come back from a few days at the wonderful Monkey Puzzle House studios in Suffolk with legendary US producer Elliot Mazer (Neil Young, The Byrds, The Band…).

The whole experience was incredible and we came out with 11 great recordings of 11 great songs (including three brand spanking new ones) that we can’t wait for you all to hear. We tracked the songs live, with minimal overdubs, and already everything has a really cool vibe about it. Elliot was a dream to work with ­- likewise engineer extraordinaire Tom Peters - and Monkey Puzzle is a really, really cool place to work. I say work, this didn’t feel like work in the slightest.

Anyway, we’ll keep you posted with further developments. Be well.

New Gig Dates Announced - Thurday, February 26, 2009

Check the Gigs page for more details!

Borderline Gig Announcement - Friday, January 16, 2009

We're delighted to announce that The Whybirds have been asked to return to the Borderline following their legendary performance at the venue in September 2008. The gig will take place on the 16th May 2009 (not in April as previously reported) and tickets are already available from and for a mere £8 each.

The 'birds will be headlining once again and it's set to be the gig of the year so make sure you get your tickets early before they sell out!

Stop form 696 - Friday, January 16, 2009

A new piece of bureaucracy will force licensees to reveal a mass of information about performers.

Publicans and managers of other small venues are forced to comply with a new piece of bureaucracy called Form 696

The form demands that licensees give police a mass of detail, including the names, aliases, private addresses and phone numbers of all musicians and other performers appearing at their venue, and the ethnic background of the likely audience. Failure to comply could mean the loss of a licence or even a fine and imprisonment.

It applies in 21 London boroughs, but professionals in the music business fear that if it becomes accepted, it will be copied in other cities.

These new rules will make putting on live bands next to impossible for most small venues. An 'open mic' night could not happen under such rules. Please join this group to protest against form 696 and new bureaucracy which could kill off live music in London and potentially the whole UK.

Feargal Sharkey (singer of Teenage Kicks) is campaiging against the new rules - see below for more details.

Please sign the petition on the 10 Downing Street website against 696 by going here: