Meet Bitch Falcon, the new Irish talent that’s going to worm its way into your ears and hearts. They’ve recently released a cracking video for their track ‘Syncope’ which you can watch below and if you like what you see/hear then luckily for you, we’ve got to know them that little bit more…
Which of your songs do you feel best defines the sound and character of the band?
NK: Of the ones that are released I’d say Wolfstooth. It’s immediate, obnoxious and wears it’s own heart on its sleeve a little. We’ve another one called Panther that you would only hear at gigs and I think that’s very Bitch Falcon-ey but in a different way.
NM: Eclipse, one of our newer tunes, is the defining sound for me. I used to pinpoint Wolfstooth as a tune that best painted a picture of our character, but Eclipse is ever so slightly more refined while still embodying the band’s overall feel and purpose.
LF: TMJ for me. Emosh but aggressive. But not emo…
You’ve been praised for your performances and even hailed as Dublin’s best live act, what do you attribute the energy and excitement at your gigs too?
NK: I think it’s authentic and people respond to that. We want to be there, we love performing and we want everyone to be as into it as we are when we’re all in the room together.
NM: I think there’s a certain catharsis that comes with playing really loud music. That can apply to any music, but add the fact that it’s our material, and then add to that the interaction and energy we want to create with anyone watching us at a gig… I think therein is the core of our intentions with every gig. Be really loud and create as big a flurry of energy as possible!
LF: I’m so lame. Whenever I listen to music I imagine playing to a crowd. I’m just a complete attention whore that lives to perform. I sound so American but it’s true.
Do you feel like being from Dublin and involved in its music scene has affected your sound?
NK: No, I don’t think so. We feel immensely proud to be a part of what’s going on in Dublin right now, there’s so much good music. Having said that, I don’t think it has helped create a sound for us.
NM: I grew up going to DIY gigs in Dublin and Wicklow every week, so seeing bands playing heavy music and succeeding in doing so, getting to tour Europe and the US, definitely encouraged me in pursuing involvement in a heavy-sounding band.
LF: I’d say there are elements from the Irish music scene that has influenced us, but not confined to Dublin. Having the internet means that location isn’t a huge factor in your sound so much.
The range of vocal styles in your songs is fantastic, who, or what has inspired you to approach singing this way?
LF: I have a couple of influences that have molded my voice to a certain state, but I used to just impersonate James Hetfield unintentionally. Listening to strong female vocals such as Alison Mosshart, Karin Dreijer Anderson and Bjork has helped me develop my voice.
Have any bands or artists influenced you to think differently about writing or performing music?
NK: Lately Mark Guiliana and his mind-bending musical ability has been weighing very heavily on my mind. That’s led on to all sorts of jazz things more recently like Takuya Kuroda and Kamasi Washington. From a performance point of view, i have serious band envy when it comes to The Chariot. Their live shows were insane!
NM: I feel like I bring him up far too much, but feck it, he’s right up there with my musical idols – Thundercat kind of made me take apart and re-assemble my perspectives on music and creativity when I first listened to him.
LF: For me listening to bands like Three Trapped Tigers and other math-y bands such as Alarmist have made me think outside the box a bit more. I have become addicted to the recent Death Grips release which is a perfect blend aggression and melody for me.
You’ve recently played gigs with Girl Band and The Redneck Manifesto, as well as having played many festivals in the past, are there any other up and coming artists, who you have played with, who are exciting you now?
NK: Fehdah and her sister Loah are doing great things and have been for a while. Also in love with a band from Cork called Horse and a band from Galway that would give Dillinger a run for their money called Ilenkus.
NM: Wastefellow, Super Silly and Akora have all sent me into full mushy fangirl mode. The talent bursting out of the Irish music scene at present is immeasurable.
LF: Akora. I’ve only seen a couple of ten-second clips and they’ve blown me away.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done as Bitch Falcon?
NK: Playing before Ho99o9 at Body & Soul was pretty cool. That was a big tent and we were terrified it was going to be a big, empty tent but we filled it and put on probably our best show to date.
NM: Our festival gigs, in general, have been very exciting, getting to play bigger stages and getting our music out to brand new audiences. Our set at Electric Picnic 2016 was probably the most exciting time I’ve had playing a set. The vibes were just right.
LF: I would have to agree with Nigel. Having attended Body & Soul many times dreaming to play onstage; playing the Midnight Circus tent was a huge milestone. I love intimate gigs in galleries and warehouses, but there is nothing like playing a massive tent; with people!
After your first headline tour, what can we expect from you next?
NK: Off to London in March, Canda in April and then we’ll be playing a few festivals but mainly concentrating on writing more. There’s also a bunch of stuff mixed and mastered…
LF: Maybe a lil’ release, who knows?