Guineafowl

Guineafowl

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandPop

Guineafowl started as a solo'ist that quickly grew into a 6 piece band. Compared to artists such as Talking Heads, Bowie, Arcade Fire and Yaesayer they play quirky yet epic songs.
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Biography

A small dwelling above an antique store on a main road near Bondi Beach is not the ideal studio space. Add to that a main bus line and a few microphones and you've got yourself a very unlikely recording sanctuary. Yet, this is where Guineafowl chose to record his first ideas. With merely his laptop, its in-built microphone and a soda water at his side, the beginning ideas of his debut EP “Hello Anxiety” began to take shape.

“The recording process was a little frustrating. I would often have to stop what I was doing every ten minutes to let a bus pass. The antique store below would also be moving heavy furniture each day that added to the loud outside sound. I choseto do it there though as I had ideas bursting out of me and I wanted to get them down by any means possible,” the songwriter explains.

Take a quick look at Guineafowl's creative family and it's no surprise he is bursting with inspiration. His mother, stepfather and brothers are all visual artists, living successfully off their paintings and artworks. His sister is a film producer, and his father an ambitious fashion designer that owns his own boutique. Although this artist does not follow the line of visual art, he does take on the philosophy that his family has taught him.
“My family, particularly my brother showed me that art is about capturing stories. Although I'm not a painter, that's how I've always seen my songwriting – another way to translate a story.”

Debut EP “Hello Anxiety” is just that, a translation of Guineafowl's life stories; a scrapbook collection of of fuck-ups, frustrations and elation. From the stomping ?Botanist' to the harsh ?My Lonely Arms' to the grateful ?Little Fingers', this talented
lyricist is translating his take on the world, assessing circumstance and critiquing every move.
Guineafowl's peers have always been supportive of his creativity. Once his trusty laptop and in-built mic had recorded the loops and melodies that he was satisfied with he showed it to a friend who urged him to put it online. From there his fanbase grew, and after a playing a few solo shows, he realised these tracks
could not make the impact he wanted them to if it was only him on stage.
He again called upon those friends, as well as a few other stragglers to help him with his live show. “In choosing my band there was only one rule: they had to be better players than me. As a result I'm surrounded by some genius players, that makes the on-stage work feel playful and easy.”
Next came the more serious work of getting their hands dirty in the studio. Soon they transferred to BJB studios, laying down what the motley crew had formed together. The band worked hard over a short 48 hours, tracking two songs and mixing four. “We took it all very seriously, making sure we got things right and got things done quickly,” he grins.

The result was “Hello Anxiety”, an EP which Guineafowl sees as a melding of his sounds from the small room above the antique store with the melodies of the in-studio time with his band. ?Botanist' still contains his original vocal takes from
the humble beginnings with his in-built microphone, whilst ?My Lonely Arms' delivers to you Guineafowl as a band through a large mixing desk. Each track brings its own colour to the palette, and although it's not in his family's tradition
of visual art, he has succeeded in putting together a canvas of stories in “Hello Anxiety”.

Lyrics

In Our Circles

Written By: Guineafowl

We form
In our circles
To discuss
Things with purpose
Issues to address
Problems and their mess
Kids can dance dance dance dance dance dance dance

Let me in
Let me down.

We form
In our circles
To ignore
Outside forces
Reject piety
Hello anxiety
Kids can dance dance dance dance dance dance dance
We form
In our circles
To discuss
Things with purpose
Issues to address
Problems and their mess
Kids can dance dance dance dance dance dance dance

Let me in
Let me down.

We form
In our circles
And condem you
If your break our
Circles
Never let you leave
Not with all your teeth
Kids can dance dance dance dance dance dance dance

Let me in
Let me down
Let me in
Let me down
Let me in
Let me down
Let me in
Let me down
Let me in
Let me down
Let me in
Let me down
Let me in
Let me down
You let me in
Let me down

We are what we make you
You are what we want
We are what we make you
You are what we want
We are what we make you
You are what we want
We are what we make you
You are what we want

Botanist

Written By: Guineafowl

I know that you’re not well
I know that you needed my help
You don’t look flashed or fluttered
But
Inside your will does melt.

I know that you need me
Like water needs a place to fall
You don’t need more than I have
But
To lend you I have no more.

The leaves on my botanist tree
Don’t grow back unless they’re needed
Needed
Needed

I know that you see me
I know that you feel my cell
Though you’re on the outside
You
Come up way to close to tell

You see I’m over watered
Your standing right in front of my sight
I hope you know I love you
But
I need some room to catch the light
The leaves on my botanist tree
Don’t grow back unless they’re needed
Needed
Needed

When you walk outside, don’t you feel much better
Through the garden path don’t you mend this tether
When you walk outside, don’t you feel much better
Through the garden path don’t you mend this tether

You can say what you want to, say what you want to
You’d hurt me little less if you’d say what you want to
You can say what you want to, say what you want to
You’d hurt me little less if you’d say what you want to

Little Fingers

Written By: Guineafowl

We can make a difference
With our little fingers
Push a few buttons
Drown another hundred
We don’t need a reference
We’re Lazy little piglet’s
Dirty young blood mixed in with convenience
We can change the planets
Not they even matter
All except for Pluto
Pluto’s not a planet
We will make the future
Aquire all the knowledge
By scanning the shelves
Burning the forest

I Thank my mother
Oh and I thank my fathers
And oh the bother
Trying to get a thrill
Out of horror.

We can make a difference
With our little pin pricks
Large lump fat
Lady sacks
Get the inference?
We don’t need to test it
Talent or the close fit
We can try a car without
Keys or experience
We can change the picture
The permanent fixture
Connect the dots
Add color with the mixture
We will change the future
Aquire all the knowledge
I told you by burning and burning
The forests.

I thank my mother
Oh and I thank my fathers
And oh the bother
Trying to get a thrill out of horror

We don’t want no
Revolution
We just want your
Electrocution

I thank my mother
Oh and I thank my fathers
And oh the bother
Trying to get a thrill out of horror

Discography

'Hello Anxiety' EP released 11 Feb 2011
received rotation on FBI Radio, JJJ, 4ZZZ, RTR, RRR
Spot played on Nova, 2Day FM, MMM.