Fledgling band Dead Baby Birds ready to take off

PUBLISHED: 18:03 07 June 2014

The band, from left to right: Andy Lynn, Matt Wright, Tristan Embleton, Sam Loughlin

The band, from left to right: Andy Lynn, Matt Wright, Tristan Embleton, Sam Loughlin


Havering born and bred four-piece band Dead Baby Birds have played a host large venues, including pretty much everywhere in outer east London and Essex – so their modesty and earnestness is a little unexpected.

Three members of the rock outfit, who take their cues from 90s pop punk bands Sum 41 and The Offspring, are still in their teens, with two at Havering colleges.

And this summer the group will play one of their biggest gigs yet – The Willow Festival in Peterborough, a three-day music event last year attended by more than 80,000 people.

Drummer Sam Loughlin says the band is “really excited” about the prospect of playing to potentially huge crowds – although the band is no stranger to big venues including the London Palladium and the LG Arena.

Whether it will rival the highlight in the band’s five-year history, however, is an open question.

“The best moment for us,” says Sam, “would have to be playing on stage at the London Paralympics in 2012.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and we’re so thankful we were given the chance to perform.”

Despite their success, all four band members still have jobs and college commitments. Guitarist Matt Wright works at TK Maxx, bassist and vocalist Tristan Embleton studies at Havering College, guitarist Andy Lynn is at Havering Sixth Form College, and Sam’s at Fulham’s Tech Music School.

So is it difficult balancing the band with other commitments?

“In terms of rehearsing, we try to rehearse once a week if not more when we have a gig coming up,” says 18-year-old Sam.

“DBB [Dead Baby Birds] is high up in our priorities so if it means going straight to rehearsal after work or uni then so be it!

“The same with gigging: we often head straight to the venue, grabbing a quick bite to eat after sound check. We’re all use to it now so that doesn’t bother us!”

The band is unashamedly un-rock ‘n’ roll when it comes to family.

“They’ve been there from the start and are willing to do anything to help us achieve our dreams,” Sam adds.

“From dropping us and delivering our gear at venues to helping promote us at shows etc, we’re so thankful we have such supportive families.

“The same goes for our friends. They try their very best to attend our shows and are supportive of everything we do.

“We love seeing familiar faces in the audience as much as we do new faces.

“Often, we get people coming up to us saying that they’ve seen us live before and it’s great to chat to them.

“We love all of our fans and being able to talk to them at shows and now on Twitter and Facebook is something we’re proud of. We hope that this continues to grow.”

The band, which formed in Havering in 2009, released their first EP, Roadkill in 2011, and the forthcoming Ice Creams & Atom Bombs will be launched next Wednesday with a headline show at The Garage in Highbury.

“Roadkill had a decent reception,” says Sam, modestly.

“For our first EP, it felt great to get our music out there for people to hear and we still play most of the tracks live and to see people singing them in the crowd is brilliant.

“Our new EP is much more musically mature. We spent a lot of time writing these tracks and making sure that we were happy with how they sounded.”

If it is anything as mature and measured as they are, you’d wager it’ll be a success.

Dead Baby Birds playThe Willow Festival in Peterborough on July 12. They play The Essex Arms in Brentwood on August 1.

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