From right to left: Keely, Mishkin, Katha and Garry
Birdeatsbaby is a genre indefinable
quartet formed in 2008 and based in Brighton. The dark and twisted quality of their music videos has gained them some degree of fame. Just like that other dark cabaret band
, they present a lot of piano lead poptunes, supplemented with drums, guitar, and violin.Singer and pianist Mishkin Fitsgerald has also released a solo album, and works in electro-math-rock
band Cat Fire Radio.Current Line-Up:
- Mishkin Fitzgerald: Vocals and piano
- Garry Mitchell: Guitar and bass guitar
- Katha Rothe: Percussions
- Tessa Gilles: Violin
- Keely Mcdonald: Violin and additional vocals
- Philippa Bloomfield: Ex-drummer. Directed the video for "The Sailor's Wife" after her departure.
- Ella Stirmey: Cello and additional vocals
- Charlie Reith-Pert: Ex-drummer.
This band contains examples of:
- Baroque Pop
- Catch Phrase: "FLOG THAT HORSE !"
- Cut Song: What You Are was cut from Here She Comes A-Tumblin', but is available for free download on the group's Bandcamp.
- Doing It for the Art: Many of their singles are available for free.
- Elegant Classical Musician: All of them, given the theme for the band.
- Fiery Redhead: Mishkin.
- The Flapper: The band sometimes dress up like this.
- Genre Shift: The bombastic cabaret theme of the early videos has been somewhat withdrawn from their latest videos, giving place to more desaturated colors à la Nolan, and more melancholic songs.
- Genre Throwback: The "Feast of Hammers" music video evokes Hammer Horror movies.
- Gothic Horror: The Bullet album borrows from this genre, particularly the song Hands of Orlac which is named after a gothic horror film.
- Granola Girl: Birdeatsbaby approves veganism.
- Gratuitous German: The occasional case from Katha.
- Harsh Vocals: Mishkin alternates between this and more gentle vocalizations.
- Haunted Heroine: The subject of "Ghosts".
- Motifs: Anchors, for the "Feast of Hammers" album.
- Looks Like Cesare: Mishkin, in the "Incitatus" video.
- Murder Ballad: Love Will Bring You Nothing.
- Riot Grrrl: The movement seems to have at least influenced the band, though it is unknown if Birdeatsbaby identifies itself as a part of it.
- Running Gag: Although unintentional, reading the reviews and seeing almost none of them describe Birdeatsbaby as being the same genre provides a few smiles.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Mishkin trains in kickboxing in real life. She is shown training and fighting in the "Present Company" video from her first solo single.
- Princess Curls: Mishkin in Rosary.
- Take That: Gone, Jim, and The Replacement. All quite vicious and open.
- Teenage Death Songs: Seventeen.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "Feast of Hammers", when Mishkin sees the masked men in action.
- Whole Plot Reference: The entire "I Always Hang Myself With The Same Rope" video is one to Alfred Hitchcock movies.