Life Like This
Foreign Birds sound can be found in the space between sleep and consciousness. Interwoven melodies created by diverse instrumentation guide the listener into a semi-dream state. The live shows combine immersive sounds with the ambient images of video artist Ben Mastwyk, providing a feast for the senses. The self-funded debut album, A Life Like This, is set for release in July 2007. Travelling members and other band commitments have meant that to date, sightings of Foreign Birds have been fleeting. With the release of the debut album, "A Life Like This", Foreign Birds can be seen and heard at various Melbourne venues, The album will be released through the band's label Earthbound Sound, with a percentage of profits donated to the protection of old growth forests. HISTORY Blossoming out of a ten-year history, original member Paul Kamphuis (primary song writter), Paul Seabrook (noise maker and exhibiting photographer), Ben Mastwyk (experimental sound outfit Majorca Building and video artist River River) and Rients Huitema (Foenetic) played together around the South Gippsland region under various musical guises. The expertise of Vibraphonist/Percussionist Jarrod MacCluskey, solidified the outfit in early 2004 after the groups move to Melbourne. Long time drummer Peter Galati left the band in mid 2005 to pursue a coastal lifestyle and was replaced by Matt Bush (noise poetry outfit Of Or Pertaining To, Art Centre production) who has brought his years of experience in the Melbourne music scene to Foreign Birds, completing this solid yet fluid musical picture. THE ALBUM Foreign Birds' self funded debut album, "A Life Like This," recorded by Roman Koester at Complex Studios, Mixed by Tim Johnston and Mastered by Martin Pullen at Eden Sound. Special guest vocals by Amarina Waters. THE SHOW Multiple projection screens take the audience inside the music, offering glimpses of another realm where ideas exist as form. Drawing the physical and ethereal together via the virtual the video imagery moves organically with the music. Expanded pop structures swirl with spacious sounds and delicate harmonies. These sparkly songs sound like waking up. A journey into dreamy rhythms surrounded by popping bubbles. A voice of honesty explores the conscious and the subconscious.