George Bird’s unique voice has been praised by the likes of Sting and Bryan Ferry. In a time when words seem to have lost a lot of their currency, George’s cerebral lyrics provide a rich harmony with his classical musical training. Mr. Bird is a rare commodity in that he has thrown himself full length in to the commercial rock scene and hit the ground running.
Having been so fortunate as to have Jeremy Marsh as his manager in his early years, and to have recorded under Universal and Sony BMG, Bird decided to take time out from the industry to gain a Batchelor’s degree in Music. George is now emphatically back on the scene, putting his versatile voice and gem of a personality into his first full-length album.
Meeting for our interview in the lobby at Claridge's, George was warm, funny and very well turned out.As we talked about his impressive plans for the future of his sound, I caught the occasional cheeky glint in George’s eye. This is what it’s like watching his live performance; he is enticing, unpredictable and performs with great conviction and showmanship. Vocally he competes with the very top, soaring notes akin to Muse’s Matt Bellamy, followed by rich low tones, reminiscent of David Bowie. This is without touching on his falsetto, which puts George in a class of its own. Lyrically, George’s anthemic choruses call to mind the sound of early Coldplay.
George started the interview with the question “When will it all end?” delivered with a straight face followed by a beaming smile. “I should really be saying when will it all begin?” he said, ordering us tea and telling me how he was searching for a sound which would “ignite the masses”. The song writing style is Reminiscent of old classics with a modern twist.
Later that week, I took a girlfriend to go and hear George in concert. As we left, she smiled broadly and said it reminded her of The Doors. One thing is for sure when you go and see George Bird perform you get every ounce of him.
I look forward to hearing his debut album and giving it a good listen from start to finish. George is indeed a rare Bird, and you can’t help but be drawn in by his engaging sound.