BirdPen are Dave Pen and Mike Bird. Formed in 2003 while sharing a flat in their hometown of Southampton, the duo self-released a handful of well received EP's over the next few years before finally unleashing a debut album in 2009 entitled 'On/Off/Safety/Danger' that was frequently compared to Radiohead. For its follow up, 2012's 'Global Lows', they recorded at Eve Studios in Stockport and worked with Jim Spencer and Frank Arkwright (the latter a renowned mastering engineer usually based at Abbey Road). Over the years they have added new elements to their sound, with the brand new 'In The Company Of Imaginary Friends' arriving as an expansive collection of spatial, occasionally experimental yet cinematic guitar based rock.
« All Function One » is their 6th studio album written as the world was changing at the start of the 2020 pandemic. An album about isolation, digital sadness, loneliness, deep fakes, paranoia and living a modern cyber life. BirdPen mix elements of alternative guitar rock, experimental electronica and kraut rock with cinematic moods, all delivered with powerful and meaningful lyrics. The album was written, performed and produced by Mike Bird & Dave Pen, and mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road.
“A dark album, imbued with a surprising nostalgia, brilliantly in tune with the times”