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Cover Story – Diane Birch

Having won my “Song of the Year” for 2010 Diane Birch caught me out with the sudden release,  of a seven track EP featuring all cover versions as a tribute to the music she loved growing up, music she heard via the older sisters of her friends, movies and other sources that were already nostalgic in the mid 90′s for the era that was the 80′s.

For this release Diane  has teamed with fellow New Yorkers and “astronauts of progressive soul” (Guardian UK) the Phenomenal Handclap Band to record ‘The Velveteen Age.’

 As such she has put her own seductive spin on songs by The Cure, Joy Division, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Echo & The Bunnymen, This Mortal Coil, The Sisters of Mercy and Peter Murphy.

 ‘The Velveteen Age’ was produced by S-Curve’s Steve Greenberg and Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand, and mixed by Steve Greenwell. Birch contributed arrangements with Collas and Marquand, and played all keyboards.

This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy)

Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Atmosphere (Joy Division) Primary (The Cure)
Tarantula (This Mortal Coil)
A Strange Kind of Love (Peter Murphy)

Diane Birch with The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Produced by Steve Greenberg, Daniel Collás & Sean Marquand
Arranged by Diane Birch, Daniel Collás & Sean Marquand
Diane Birch – Vocals and Keyboards
Luke Riverside – Guitar
Pier Pappalardo – Bass
Patrick Wood – Drums
Quinn Luke & Patrick Wood – Backing vocals

“During my teenage years as a Goth these songs were amongst my nearest and dearest,” says Birch, who appears in one of her vintage Victorian wedding dresses at age 16 in the photo on the EP cover. “Sitting in my bedroom with my headphones pressed into my ears till they hurt, each song gave me a weird kind of hope for my future. I would have never imagined I would get a chance to record them one day, let alone with some of my closest friends.”

To buy the EP click HERE which I would recommend if only for her haunting take on Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”

January 1, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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