5 lads and a box from Liverpool playing rhythm and blues with a Mersey beat. Bags full of impossibly catchy tunes and a cheeky nod to their Liverpool heritage these young scousers are bringing skiffle back...
The Hummingbirds are 5 lads and a box from Liverpool playing impossibly catchy tunes in a style which has been described by literary types as “nu-skiffle”, sporting more than a cheeky nod to their Merseybeat heritage.
Having quickly built a great reputation and army of fans in their hometown, the band began playing across the country and the word spread like wildfire, as they began receiving fantastic reviews from both fans and critics alike.
Following a tour which involved a range of shows which started in Derbyshire and ended up with the band supporting Pete Doherty in Blackburn, the end of 2011 was whirlwind couple of months, culminating in the release of their debut EP Talking of Tomorrow and a sellout show at Liverpool’s incredible Kazimier venue.
2012 began with a headline show for BBC Introducing and both Colleen and Wayne Rooney becoming fans of the band, and recently tweeting that he listens to them as part of his ritual getting ready for each match.
The band were offered a slot at SXSW in Austin Texas and are scheduled to appear at a number of UK festivals throughout 2012, including Liverpool Sound City, Kendall Calling, Threshold Festival. Resurrection and much more to follow including a support slot with legendary rockers Status Quo
The band have recently received a request from the Lord Lieutenant asking to play for the Queen...... which is one of the strangest emails they've ever received!
Currently recording their debut EP to receive a full release with distribution via PIAS, they'll be out touring over the summer and have slots at several festivals so catch them when you can, theyre amazing.
-Some Reviews The Band Have Picked Up-
"What do you get when you mix a bit of Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, The Beatles and four young, dedicated, passionate lads from the heart of Liverpool? You get The Hummingbirds, and you get an honest, exciting, genuinely brilliant live performance to treat your ears to.
I originally went down to the Zanzibar that night to check out another band that I knew, who happened to have already played and had already left by the time I got there. Being a little pissed off I wasn’t in the mood to listen to a bunch of other bands that I didn’t know, or have the slightest expectancy of. Now, I’m not religious in any way, but thank GOD The Hummingbirds were there to make my night completely and utterly worthwhile.
Taking to the stage about 10:30pm, the band calmly set up their gear, which consisted of two acoustic guitarists, an electric lead guitarist (who was also credibly welcomed by the crowd for his harmonica skills) a percussionist who used a Cajon Drum (or ‘The Box’ as the scouse singers renamed it as) as well as a session bassist. A simple set up.. but a damn effective one, with 4 microphones included for added backing vocals and Beatle-like harmonies. ………. from the moment they set foot on stage, the crowd must have at least tripled from the previous act. A quick word from the front man, and straight into their 30 minute set they went, and I enjoyed every minute of it…………
From sheer excitement about the band, and lots of social-media hours of research later, what I can tell you is that two songs that shone in particular are the ones taken from their EP ‘Talking Of Tomorrow.’ ………The songs themselves were thoroughly enjoyable, combining a punk like on-stage attitude and energy of Frank Turner, the harmonies of The Beatles, the light, melodic guitar work of John Mayer, and of course the heart, dedication and commitment of four Liverpool musicians. …….They’re definitely on the up and are a band that you NEED to see live. “ Altsounds http://hangout.altsounds.com/reviews/130934-hummingbirds-zanzibar-club-liverpool-live.html"
Talking of Tomorrow EP.
Back in Liverpool
Awaiting Your Call
Talking of Tomorrow
All receiving regular airplay on a number of local radio and internet radio stations.
Due for release May 2012 - Doesn't Really Matter EP
The Ballad of John Doe
Doesn't Really Matter
More to See
Pieces of You
Daddy didn't teach me how to dance
We'd like to show you
In it for the money
Back in Liverpool
Awaiting your call
Talking of tomorrow