King of Birds “Eve of Destruction” (Valuable Recordings, 2019)

When the chorus kicks in on ‘Down On the Corner’ – the opening track on ‘Eve of Destruction,’ the debut album from sibling songwriters Charlie and Stirling Gorman, known collectively as King of Birds – the adrenaline follows. It’s a shock to the system in the best way. King of Birds, although hailing from the village of Elderslie, 14 miles west of Glasgow in Scotland, recall the best of the heartland rock of America. Its songs encapsulate long, scenic drives along the fruited plains, conjuring the 1980s heyday of the Bruce Springsteens, the John Cougars, and, especially vocally, the BoDeans.

King of Birds + The Logans, The Spree Festival, The Bungalow, Paisley, 15th October 2019

Renfrewshire is a small county in Scotland that punches above its weight historically.  But, for the “cradle of the Stewart kings” in a modern post-industrial climate, the emphasis these days is on promoting its rich creative sphere via events such as The Spree Festival, in Paisley, now in its eighth year. Tonight, King of Birds have packed the recently revamped Paisley venue, The  Bungalow. The band come from the village of Elderslie, just a few miles to the west,  and midway through the set, vocalist Charlie Gorman sings of growing up locally in ‘When we were Kings’. Continuing the regal theme, brother and co-writer/guitarist, Stirling, jokes about how the melodic inspiration for the song came from the first three notes of Elvis’s ‘American Trilogy’. Continue reading “King of Birds + The Logans, The Spree Festival, The Bungalow, Paisley, 15th October 2019”