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Welcome to the emotional world of black bird white sky, an electro-rock band that combines driving glitchy dance beats and soaring vocal melodies with the dark, complex backdrop of catchy synth hooks and guitar riffs. Their new EP, The Fall, consists of four original songs and was released on October 16th, 2012, premiering on AOL Spinner.
The new single, “Talk Talk Talk” marries elements of synth pop, dance rock, glitch and dark ambient electronica with catchy hooks and choruses, while “Reverie” slows things down with piercing emotive cries and hypnotic pulsating beats. The next song, “Beneath it All” is reminiscent of Shiny Toy Guns with retro-electronic beats and heavy bass. The last track “Hardly Ever” is an eerie tune with organ-like tones and exhibits more of an 80’s energy. BBWS also created a PROMO VIDEO that features music from The Fall and is a preview for their first official music video for "Talk Talk Talk" that will premiere in January 2013!
New Jersey native Ronnie Shingelo formed black bird white sky in early 2011 originally as a 5-piece with a drummer and electric guitarist. After further collaboration with producer/engineer/mixer Nic Hard (The Bravery, The Kin, Church, Ghost Beach), Ronnie decided to pursue a more electronic sound and currently the group performs exclusively as a duo with Luke Wagman on Maschine and sampling sounds live with various midi controllers and Ronnie on guitar, vocals and effects.
“It made a lot more sense to me as we performed more shows,” says Ronnie about this evolution. “Nic had some great ideas about remixing some of the songs off our first album, and after hearing them, I knew this was a much better fit for our sound.”
Nic Hard drew on a lot of his own history as a club DJ in the downtown London underground scene infusing his techno and remixing expertise into the making of the Remix EP while allowing Ronnie’s overall style and vision to remain throughout. Far from a newbie on the indie music scene, Ronnie fronted two other electronic rock bands from Brooklyn: Silvercord, who shared stages with the old school groups Kansas and Twisted Sister and opened for Bruce Springsteen at Giants Stadium, and SkinGod whose music was licensed to Guitar Centers throughout the country. Ronnie broke off in 2010 to pursue his solo project and formed black bird white sky with 4 friends and fellow musicians that he met through the New York City indie music scene over the past decade. After bringing BBWS together in early 2011, Ronnie teamed up with Nic Hard and co-producer/engineer Jonathan Goldstein to create the band’s first album, which released in September 2011.
The band’s songs typically center on heavy subjects, such as addiction, fear of loss, and guilt while juxtaposed to upbeat melodies romance, love and longing and bouncy tempos that keep the album’s vibe from becoming too tragic and dark. “Every song draws on something hidden deep inside me,” explains Ronnie about his music. “I’m a deeply emotional person, and I write from my gut. I’m hoping these songs will resonate with other people who have felt the same way I did at some point in their lives—and maybe even make them dance a little.”