Sometimes I wonder why I call this project Antbird. I got it from Wikipedia’s front page, when antbirds were the featured article. I immediately fell in love of the name, and the description that “antbirds have two kinds of calls, the softsong and the loudsong”. So I decided that would be the name.
When I started writing more lyrics in Finnish, I started having doubts about the name. Translation didn’t help, because I didn’t want to call the band “Puumuura”. Maybe I should write more songs in English, then? Most of my listeners (like 90%) are non-Finnish, and of the tracks I have in soundcloud, the ones in English have the most listeners. Obviously.
Then I remembered that the name doesn’t matter that much. After all, 22-pistepirkko is a Finnish band name, but they sing in English, and Amon Amarth are a Swedish band who sing in English about Scandinavian Vikings, and the band’s name is from Tolkien’s black tongue. So, there. Antbird.
After the name had been around for a year or more, I started thinking about how it’s now just a word that means this band project, for me at least. I tried some different spellings of the word, just to see which would appear more band-like: “antbird”, “antBird”, “anTbirD”, and silly stuff like that. Finally it came to m: “a n t B i r d”. The spaces between the letters gives the word wings, and the B in the middle keeps it in balance.
It’s not a big deal, but sometimes the way a band name is typographied makes all the difference how you feel about the name (and I’m not talking black metal only :) ). One of my favourite bands is called dEUS. Written in any other way, it just wouldn’t be as striking. koRn is better than Corn.
So, why do I like the name a n t B i r d? Bird’s eyeview covers a vast area, and the ants see details. I hope this describes my music, songs within certain moods, and some catchy melodies to get stuck in your head. Something to whistle to.
Stepping outside the comfort zone.
So, the Antbird band is no longer, it’s now just a solo project. The band sound inspired me though, and I’ve been composing a bunch of new songs, which form a loose concept album. The songs are more indie than folk, and they are in Finnish. Production & arrangements will take time, but first “single” should get released before first snow. I’m overwhelmed and excited for the solo album.
Writing for the album has also producted some other tracks, which will be released later. Additionally I might be reworking some older songs written in English.
I don’t want to venture too far from Antbird’s folk roots, so I’ll probably do some acoustic covers of songs that have inspired me, minimalistic homerecording stuff.
The band is long gone, but a lone antbird will carry on.
Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve been here. Still smells the same. Anyway, this is a nice tune.
Antbird is on break for some time now. We are looking for a new bassist, and anyway during the summer most of the band will perform as another band altogether. Check out HVRG:
I will change this profile to be my personal tumblr and use another account for band info. More of this later.
Band rehearsals once a week on a set day is a good idea, but when you have to cancel, there’s half a month between playing as a band. Work be damned!
My character in Dragon Age 2, in conversation with the captain of the guard. Love the different responses! Would love to try them all :-)