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   Birds Of Wales - Fall Of The 49 (EP) (2007)

Birds of Wales - Fall Of The 49
1. Fall of the 49
2. Life
3. Cinderella (Has Nothing On You)
4. My Lady; In July
5. T-Shirt
6. Everynight
7. Sicamous
8. The Fine art of Ballet Dancing
9. A Few More Days (Live)

Birds of Wales is an Indie/Folk Rock band based in Ontario in Canada, composed of Morgan Ross (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Caputo (lead guitar), Moe Smith (bass) and Jesse Smith (drums).
Birds of Wales are garnering the attention of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Known for great songwriting and outstanding live performances. Within months of playing their first show together, the band had headlined to sell-out audiences at notable venues, released a self-titled CD in Canada to strong, positive reviews, had Ralph James of the The Agency Group pick them up for representation, and played the first of several successful tours in Europe.
Tracks from Birds of Wales' first CD received regular airplay on Canadian commercial radio, and have been broadcast across North America on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. In fact, "My Lady; in July" was the most played song on "The Verge," XM's new music station, in June 2006.
Birds of Wales has also earned the attention of fans in Europe, releasing their "Fall of the 49" CD in the UK and Spain on Invisible Hands Music (Thomas Dolby, The JAM) following three successful European tours in nine months time. The band inked a deal with The Agency Group for their North American representation. Then they sealed another deal with London-based label, Invisible Hands Music, to distribute their EP in the UK. The band's songs began to show up on radio airwaves in South England and Wales. The first single from this disc, "Cinderella (Has Nothing on You)", was featured on a compilation CD - 560,000 copies of which were distributed throughout Ireland. The video for Cinderella also spent several weeks in rotation on MuchMoreMusic in Canada. Also, "My Lady; in July" will appear in Rob Heydon's upcoming film, Ecstasy, a film based on a book by the same author as Trainspotting.
Birds of Wales finished their summer touring season with a spot at Toronto's Virgin Festival. The band headed to Vancouver's Mushroom Studios with producer Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, Kelly Rowland) to record their second album.

Interview with Morgan Ross, singer of Birds of Wales:

S: When and how was Birds of Wales born? 

M: Birds of Wales started when I met and spent time with the two lead singers of Canadian band, Stabilo, while in University. They encouraged me to pursue music and record a album. I moved to Vancouver to record a record, and finally moved to Toronto with the new record, and eventually auditioned people to be in the band.

S: Where is the name of the band coming from?

M: I grew up with a Cockatoo, and my mother is patriotically Welsh. It just fit.

S: How and when did all begin with music?

M: I grew up in choir, and listening to music with my mom. At some point it was my life.

SWhat are the positive and negative sides of being a musician in Canada?

M: On the positive front, we get to meet thousands of great people every year, all across the world, and gather 100's of great stories.
On the negative front we still have to carry gear.
S: Do you feel anxious before a show?

M: How and if I'm anxious is dependant on which show it is. Typically I am not anxious, but every once in a while I'll feel like puking before. I normally keep things together just to keep my band at ease.

S: What musicians or artists had an influence in your life and in your work?

M: The Shins were very important to me, as were the Canadian band, The Weakerthans. Lyrically the Weakerthans inspired, and continue to inspire me.

SDo you remember what was the first CD you bought?

M: The first Tape I bought was a R and B singer named Gabrielle. She had a eye patch like a pirate and I liked one of her songs. The first CD was.. I believe The Doors Greatest hits.

Gabrielle  The Doors - Greatest Hits

S: Do you think the emotion is different between a song in English and in another language?

M: All I know is that songs sound far more intelligent when they're in a language I don't understand. 

S: How could you define the music of Birds of Wales?

M: Folky indie rock. Something to tap your toe to, and ideally walk away inspired by.

S: Do you agree with Victor Hugo who said :"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"?

M: As a artist I strongly believe most of our greatest work is often simply the translation of having a rough day, week or year.

S: When you write a song you follow your heart, your brain or your hand?

M: When writing songs I often find inspiration from everything- more often the heart though.

S: What is your favourite song of Birds of Wales and why?

M: I think the best song I have ever written is "My Lady in July". I am proud of the honesty, and the lyrics. I have also had dozens of people write to tell me they used it as their wedding song.

S: As musician, what is your feeling about Internet?

M: The internet is a beautiful and expedited manner in which everyone can promote and deliver their music - no matter who they are, or how much funding they have.
SDo you consider yourselves as "philanthropists"?

M: We try to play fund raising/benefit shows as often as possible. We care about things, and do what we can to help. Philanthropy is something we all should strive for.

S: Can you describe what is a typical Birds of Wales's day?

M: My typical day revolves around trying to find a good mexican restaurant, working on a song, going to rehearsal and likely going for a nice walk around Toronto.

S: What are your hobbies aside music?

M: I went to University for History and Political Science, so I find great pleasure in keeping up to date with whats going on in the world.

S: Are you venturesome person?

M: I personally am very adventuresome. I'm rarely in one city for more than a few days.

S: Where would you like to play in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit?

M: I have always wanted to play in France. We have played many shows in the UK, Spain, Holland, but never France.

S: Are there any things, which you are afraid of? Do you have any fears?

M: Empty shows.

S: What is the best moment and best place to listen to your music?

M: A living room with nice headphones.

S: As our website is dedicated to Manic Street Preachers maybe can you say some words about them?

M: I'm saddened by the news that they are now claiming Richey James Edwards in now assumed Deceased. Hopefully he is just really good at hiding. This said- ideally things like this can bring forward proper and healthy discussion on the topic of mental illness.

S: I know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?

M: The Shins - Oh Inverted World

The Shins - Oh Inverted World

S: What was the last song you listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be the next?

M: A demo I did with a friend. Anything by Neil Young.

S: Can you tell us the name of one French song, or singer, or band?

M: I really enjoy the singer, "M". His songs are catchy and wonderful, and even though I don't know what he's saying, I still really enjoy them.
S: And say something in French?

M: Je vais bien, merci. Et toi?
Lait de Poule!

S: What are your plans for the nearest future?

M: Our album will be released in early 2009, followed by extensive touring.

SAnd finally, what’s the most important thing in life for you?

M: My family and friends, followed by my Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic.

MANY thanks to Morgan and to Birds of Wales for the interview!

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