DH: As a begin could you please tell me a little bit about you and your artistically development. How did "Blue Birds refuse to fly" start out? Which musicians are involved?
During the nineties there was a Greek band in Athens, called Wasteland. They recorded one classic mini LP and a couple of 7” singles and performed around 100 concerts before they actually split up in 1998. Out of their ashes, their keyboard player, Kyriakos Poursanides, created a new group, Blue Birds Refuse To Fly, in 1997-98. He joined singer Christina Mihalitsi and along with George Priniotakis (Wasteland’s lead singer) they recorded the album “Give Me The Wings”. Some of BBRTF songs were included in compilations (the most important being “Hymns”, released by Sony Music all over Europe). The band’s sound was electro – ethereal. In 1999 the major earthquake in Athens destroyed their label’s (Physis records) offices in Athens and the label had to stop its operations. So, BBRTF were left without a home label. Kyriakos Poursanides decided to give the band a break so he created another project called Aroma, a duet with singer Maria Pantelaki. Aroma released an album called “Oneirou Odysseia” for Olon Music. Music and words were written by Kyriakos, Maria sang and George Priniotakis engineered, mixed and produced the album. The sound of the album was again towards electro – ethereal though a rather dance approach was beginning to show. In parallel, Kyriakos decided to try recording some new tracks for BBRTF meeting with George Dedes this time as a lead singer. George Dedes has been the leader of the Greek gothic band The Illusion Fades for more than ten years. The outcome of their efforts is the album “Anapteroma” released recently by Decadance Records in Italy.
DH: Why did you choose the name Blue Birds refuse to fly? Do you want to express something with the name?
Blue Birds Refuse To Fly means that “sad, melancholic birds refuse to fly”. This was the title of one of Wasteland’s most sentimental and emotional songs in their “Dream Drops” mini LP (Pegasus records, 1994). The main reason for choosing this song as a band name was this one. As an image it wants to show the denial to go with the flow of things and the urge to feel and face everything our own way and show it that way. It is true that BBRTF always operate emotionally, centering on the relationships between people, nature and with alarming sensitivity towards the things happening around them. We are influenced by everything and we reflect everything through our own filter.
DH: To me, your music sounds like a modern form of synthie-pop. Can you describe your music style in your own words? Why do you make exactly this kind of music?
We generally do not like putting labels to our music because there is nothing interpreted in the world objectively enough to characterize your work. For some reasons some people get to like you and for the same reasons other people don’t. Anyway, if I had to characterize my music I would choose something similar to your term, something like “a modern form of synth-pop with dark-melancholic and dance elements”. I create this kind of music because this is the music I have grown with.
DH: Your new album is called "Anapter Ma". Can you tell something about the release? Where did you record the album and how long did it take to record it? How did you get the deal with your label Decadance Records?
“Anapteroma” is a Greek word for rebirth, spreading your wings to fly up again, raising your morale. The album was recorded at Artracks recording studios in Athens by George Priniotakis who also produced it. George also wrote the words and sang “Some Roads Can Take You Everywhere”. It took one and a half year to complete the album. We sent a demo to various labels across Europe but the best proposal came from Decadance. We found a more human and personal approach from Alessio B. at Decadance, that’s why we chose to work with him and we are very pleased with our decision.
Blue Birds Refuse To Fly
CD: Anapter Ma
DH: On the album there is a song called "House Of Sex". What is the song about? About what topics do you sing in general? Do you have the will to say something important in your songs?
“House Of Sex” is there to show the decline of human relations, the needs of people and the sensitive side of society. George Dedes who wrote the lyrics is a very sensitive guy who interprets everyday situations and converts them into words and phrases. We usually think of all our songs as pictures from video clips. We don’t always want to say something very specific. This abstract image is important though, since it is always centered on human beings and influenced by human feelings.
DH: A lot of songs on your new album sounds to me, that they can be very good played at a club or discotheque. Was this something in your mind when recording the album?
We are really glad that most of our songs sound contemporary and strong enough to be heard in clubs and we thank you for this opinion of yours! This is not our prime goal when making songs however. The first thing that matters to us is for these songs to express ourselves and reach our standards of quality. We like rhythm a lot though, and we are very influenced by the sound of the era we live in, so the result in the case of “Anapteroma” is quite rhythmic, approaching club standards actually.
DH: How do you create / compose a song? How is the process of creativity In your group? Is there only someone who writes all the songs or do you write them all together? How important is your work as musicians for yourselves?
Music is there to express what words fail to express. So you should understand that music is terribly important to us. It is an influence, a way to express yourself, a way of thinking, a way of life, a way out, it is images, it is joy but sometimes it is tears as well! Through all this and even more, Kyriakos creates his music. Every single song is a child coming out. Even if it is an ugly child or an evil child, it is still our child, we gave birth to it and it will never stop being a part of us. It exists exactly the way it was born. And we are its creators. We will always be proud and happy for the existence of every one of our songs.
DH: Is there a big music scene in your country? Are there any clubs where your music can be heard or where you can play live?
Because Greece is a small market, the scene of our kind of music here is not very big, unfortunately. The existing scene started ten years ago through few concerts and recordings. There are only a few clubs to listen to this music and even fewer to play live.
DH: Do you play concerts in Europe next year and are there further projects for the future planned (new releases, sampler contributions, ...)?
If we are given the chance to play in Europe, with Decadance’s support, we will be very happy to do so. Concerning future projects we are already in the studio recording tracks for a future release featuring a new surprise female vocalist and very strong tunes, which we hope will cause a great lot of attention when they will be released!
DH: What do Blue Birds Refuse To Fly, when they are not making music? Do you have a private live?
Kyriakos is an employee for a private firm