Birds vs Planes EP Launch – 21/3/13 – The Brickyard, Carlisle

As finalists in MTV’s ‘Get Seen Get Heard’ competition in 2008, and having played on the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio One’s Big Weekend 2011, Carlisle band Birds vs Planes have seen a steady growth in popularity since their formation in 2006.

Their new EP ‘Narrow Angles’ is released on 25th March and fans managed to get an exclusive live performance of it at the launch held at The Brickyard, Carlisle on the 21st, with support from two other local bands Life In A Glasshouse and House Of Three Hands.

The event kicked off with doors opening at 8pm and, although it was quiet at first, the audience started to pile in and soon the place had a buzz to it.

Life In A Glasshouse took to the stage first and while the audience was still a bit thin, they received a positive response from everyone after each song they played. The alternative indie band took to the stage with ease and played an impressive set, making them a great stage opener.

Next up was House Of Three Hands and having not heard their music, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The indie-rock trio were very good, with one audience member having the time of his life by screaming at the band when the room was quiet and jumping on the stage at the end of the set to shout down a microphone. Again, it was an impressive performance, with front man Alex Brown keeping the audience engaged and bringing a larger crowd closer to the front of the venue.

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Birds vs Planes

It was then time for headliners Birds vs Planes to take to the stage; the audience were suitably warmed up and in good spirits, meaning the quintet received plenty of cheers when they came out. While watching them play through their set, it was easy to see why MTV said that they were “irresistibly catchy.” Lead singer Jenny Jones sounds a lot like Hayley Williams of Paramore and has a similar onstage presence to Florence Welch. The band smashed through the set, playing their new EP, which is available on Monday. When speaking to bassist Blake Johnston after the show he said: “We all had a really good night. Two great support bands and a great crowd. It was a long, long day with the live BBC session before the show, but it all worked out in the end. We never do things the easy way though.”

It was a successful night for all bands involved and they all put on brilliant performances. Jerome Nichols was in the audience and said: “It was a decent night out. Although Life In a Glasshouse weren’t an ‘opening act’, I felt like they warmed the still-arriving crowd up for the acts that followed them well.

“Birds vs Planes was one of the reasons I went along after I streamed their EP on GoldFlakePaint. They really brought the songs to life, particularly Relative Worth.”

You can buy ‘Narrow Angles’ via Music Bakery from Amazon & Rough Trade from Monday 25th or stream it online here:

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