Feature: The Inspiration Behind... 'The Birds' by Halycon Drive

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Michael Oechsle from Halycon Drive recently took some time out to give us a little insight into the inspo behind their track 'The Birds'. Halycon Drive are currently prepping up to kick off their single tour for 'The Birds', which will include stops around the country. You can find their tour dates below!

'Cough Cough' - Everything Everything
As longtime alt-pop heroes of ours, this tune by Everything Everything is a modern classic in our eyes. We’d like to think a little of the cutting production and stabbing percussion has made its way into 'The Birds'.

'Dinner For Two' - David Byrne & St Vincent
I was flogging this album during the making of our latest record, and I just love this song. Beautiful songwriting, lyricism and some lovely melodies to boot.

'Burial' - Miike Snow
It was the snare roll in the chorus of this we took as a reference when in the studio for 'The Birds' chorus. A nice percussive change up - something we’ve never really tried on a Halcyon Drive tune before.

'Never Be Like You' - Flume
A reference we used in the studio and when mixing 'The Birds'. So many little creative production details in here that pop out and smack you in the face.

'O.N.E' - Yeasayer
Longtime pop-influencers of ours. Love the percussion in this tune.

'Fall At Your Feet' - Crowded House
While maybe not an explicit reference, I was going back trying to think of which Neil Finn melody (because I’m sure it was one) subliminally influenced 'The Birds' chorus melody. This could easily be it!

'Idiot Oracle' - Paul Dempsey
See above. If it wasn’t a Neil Finn melody had to be old mate Paul Dempsey. A master of the long, sorrowful tune.

'Seeds' - TV On The Radio
TV On The Radio are so often a production reference for us here at Halcyon Drive HQ. That dark synth bass in Seeds has definitely made its way into our stuff in recent times.

'Bulletproof' - Mutemath
The edgy Juno-esque synth chords from the bridge of 'The Birds' are heard all over Mutemath’s album Vital’s, particularly this tune. As usual for us, Mutemath were listened to regularly during the creation of The Birds.

'Out Of Line' - Gesaffelstein
Max has listened to Gesaffelstein’s Aleph album fairly intensely in the past! So the industrial dance percussive layers would have almost certainly subliminally influenced or encouraged the percussion heard in 'The Birds'; in feel and arrangement.

Listen to 'The Birds' by Halycon Drive below:

If you enjoyed the playlist, you can also stream it on Spotify via the link.

You can catch Halycon Drive on the road starting tomorrow at the below dates:
Thursday, September 21st - Marly Bar, Sydney
Saturday, October 7th - Yah Yah’s, Melbourne
Thursday, October 12th - The Front Gallery, Canberra
Friday, October 13th - Record Crate, Sydney
Saturday, October 14th - Rad Bar, Wollongong
Friday, October 27th - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday, October 28th - SolBar, Maroochydore
Sunday, October 29th - Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast