Cathedral Birds were set up by two long term friends and music fans to write narrative songs. Rick and Brandon performed their at their first gig on 13th March 2020 and have since been focusing on their music. With new single Broken Love out, The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss their plans in more depth as well as the implications of that gig.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Broken Love?

Cathedral Birds was formed by the two of us after twenty years of going to gigs and festivals together and threatening to create some music of our own. Our ambitions were small. We hoped to attract eighty people to an intimate venue in our home town. The fact that we are being played on small indie radio stations around the world and added to Spotify playlists is beyond our expectations. 

The music we create doesn’t fit any neat genre descriptions so we were not sure who would listen. Classic song writing but not singer song writers. Americana without the American bit. Little bit lo-fi indie but not really. Little bit classic soul but not a lot. A smidgeon of musical theatre and a bit of late night jazz. The music is a long way from traditional indie and current chart but is written from the heart and takes the listener on an emotional journey with strong story lines and complex melodies. 

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

Man leaves long term relationship and winds up at his Mum’s house with just his soul music record collection for company, the trouble is that those deep soul records just remind him of what he’s lost. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

We have four songs recorded ready for our next EP release. We are just in the process of mixing. The EP is called 4 Songs About Love, Loss And Wild River Swimming. We have an album of material written for possible release later in the year.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

We were scheduled to support Roddy Woomble (Idlewild ) at The Greystones in Sheffield but Covid meant that was cancelled. The Greystones is a great little venue with an intimate atmosphere. We played our first gig on March 13 2020 and sadly it was a super spreader Covid event at which several people were hospitalised, one died and one half of the band suffered a minor stroke. Later this year when vaccinations help us get on top of the pandemic we hope to play again. Our keys player has made a full recovery and, as huge live music fans, we long to get back to the gigging scene both as fans and musicians on a stage as soon as it’s safe to do so.