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The Falling Birds have a simple concept: Write songs with clear foundations in blues and folk, and throttle them with punk rock snarl. Their style is equal parts careful musicianship and wild indifference. The Falling Birds spin tales of joy, sorrow and cautious optimism drawn from years spent observing a tumultuous and changing American landscape. The band possesses a unique ability to create catchy songs while retaining a voice and message worth listening to.
Principal songwriter Stephen Artemis grew up living a life split in two. As a kid he lived in both Albany and the rural Mohawk River Valley in Upstate New York. Albany's punk scene together with upstate farm culture would later combine to create the foundations for his song writing. "When I lived in the country, radio reception was limited to three channels; country, classic rock, and oldies. In order for me to get new material I had to create it on my own," said Stephen of his early songwriting.
It was during this fundamental coming of age when Stephen bore witness to the economic decline of what is now called the American Rust Belt. The experience had a profound effect on the subjects and characters that he would choose to write about. Years later after moving to New York City and living among the great disparity that exists in America, Stephen began incorporating these experiences into his songs.
In 2010 Stephen’s path collided with bandmates Dave Burton (drums) and Nick Albury (bass) in New York City. Each of them had left home in search of a more fulfilling life, but found that things only got worse. America’s Great Recession was in full swing and making rent meant working multiple jobs and long hours away from their passion for making music. Stephen began to workshop his songs on New York’s streets and subway platforms, busking for performance experience and extra pocket change. The trio began writing songs that directly reflected their stories and provided them with the escape they needed from New York’s grind. The years of frustration and longing came to life in the songs they wrote which are as emotional and chaotic as the lives they were living. They did not hold back their influences. They began playing only what felt natural, and created an eclectic modern Americana sound that doesn’t quite fit in any one genre.
Using New York’s highly competitive proving grounds to cut their teeth, their live show began to attract a following. The band began honing in on what they affectionately call their “musical conversation… it’s a place where each instrument brings something to the discussion.” Their song treatment shows a deft consideration for the mingling of music and lyrics. The gentle topics receive tender musicianship while the more rowdy themes are equipped with heavy blues riffs.
In 2014 The Falling Birds released their first EP, Native America, a five song chronicle of their experiences and many musical influences. Native America received significant attention from independent media sources and led to their 2015 follow up, The Falling Birds EP, which is yet to be released. The Falling Birds Demo is now available for download in anticipation of their next EP release.