Redbird

Redbird

 Surrey, British Columbia, CAN
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"Savannah has a clear, true voice and a touch for folk-pop that mingles the melancholy with the melodic. Naturally, it’s a seductive mix." ~Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight

Biography

We’re all friends and lovers until it falls apart is the debut EP from Vancouver band, Redbird.

Singer/Songwriter Savannah Leigh Wellman has fronted many variations of her own group, but things seemed to fall into place with the formation of Redbird. Savannah (vocals and acoustic guitar), John Sponarski (guitar), Jeremy Appleton (bass) and Ben Brown (drums), were good friends playing in numerous other projects, but when the opportunity arose to make music together, it seemed like the natural choice.

“This band and these songs emerged after some huge changes in my life took place, and I found myself needing to redefine my outlook, my music, and the relationships in my life.” Savannah explains. “The title is a tribute to the amazing group of people that helped me through those times. But in any group of people who care for each other, it can be hard to avoid the grey areas; as complicated, wonderful, and painful as that can be. I was drawn to the intricacies of the emotions that were being dealt with – it seemed more interesting than dwelling on a broken heart”.

The 6 song EP, produced by Shawn Cole (Yukon Blonde, Bend Sinister, You Say Party) moves from the driving rhythms of “No Game” and “In the Hands of Ghosts”, to more delicate, folk inspired moments in the heart wrenching honesty of “Some Birds” and “Oh Please My Heart”. The band pulls from a slew of sonic inspirations, from 70’s rock to Motown, with Savannah’s subtly soulful vocals hinting at alt-country influences. It all comes together in lush arrangements of guitars and vocal harmonies, with crashing drums and droning organs.

We’re all friends and lovers until it falls apart will be released in June 2011, supported by a tour of Western Canada.

Lyrics

Therein Lies the Grey

Written By: S.L.Wellman

In between the lighthouse and the ship that’s lost its way
The horizon and the shoreline, therein lies the grey

In between the darkness and the first of the sun’s rays
The shadows and the silence, therein lies the grey

Therein lies the grey
Therein lies the grey

In between the moments of sleeping and awake
The conscious and the daydreams, therein lies the grey

In between the right choice and living for today
The karma and the regret, therein lies the grey

Therein lies the grey
Therein lies the grey

In between this friendship and things I want to say

No Game

Written By: S.L.Wellman

My subtlety sabotages me
So please read between the lines
If you are brave enough to lay down your arms
I think you will like what you find
What you find

There’s no escape from the power of
The freedom in your eyes
I’m just another girl to fall victim to
Your brand of magic, and I don’t mind
No I don’t mind

Oh my pride won’t let me hunt you down
And I won’t be seen as prey
So we’ll have to meet
Somewhere in between
In a land that has no game

We’re all searching for a moment
That reminds us we’re alive
I will let you cut my heart open wide
If you can handle what’s inside
What’s inside

Oh my pride won’t let me hunt you down
And I won’t be seen as prey
So we’ll have to meet
Somewhere in between
In a land that has no game

I know I should know better but I feel no fear
You know that I know better but I’m still right here

My subtlety sabotages me
So please read between the lines

Oh my pride won’t let me hunt you down
And I won’t be seen as prey
So we’ll have to meet
Somewhere in between
In a land that has no game

In the Hands of Ghosts

Written By: S.L.Wellman

My happiness lives in the hands of ghosts
And whisps of my imagination
They keep me company, they keep me amused
They keep my mind from the life that it lives in

Play along and you’ll be set free
Don’t stop to question, just let it be

Oh there’s ghosts that haunt the halls in my mind
And the deeper I search, the harder it is to find light again
So I close my eyes and say you’re not real
But my doubts creep in and it’s impossible to feel fine again

My heart lives in a dream of words
That may or may not have been spoken
I can’t bring myself to tell it the truth
Cause it’ll crash hard when it’s woken

Who’d of thought it would be so hard
To live a life without a fear of the dark

Oh there’s ghosts that haunt the halls in my mind
And the deeper I search, the harder it is to find light again
So I close my eyes and say you’re not real
But my doubts creep in and it’s impossible to feel fine again

My dreams hang on a very thin thread
It’s all that keeps me together
Each night I pray that it will hold strong
And give me some hope for the future

Play along and you’ll be set free
Don’t stop to question, just let it be

Oh there’s ghosts that haunt the halls in my mind
And the deeper I search, the harder it is to find light again
So I close my eyes and say you’re not real
But my doubts creep in and it’s impossible to feel fine again

Discography

We're all friends and lovers until it falls apart EP - June 2011

Set List

Therein Lies the Grey
West Wind
Set Me Free
The Tower
Some Birds
Oh Please My Heart
Roll Over Me
Treasure Maps
No Game
In the Hands of Ghosts