Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Terror Bird

Terror BirdTerror Bird’s Nikki Nevver describes her brand of dark indie-pop best, “80s nu-new romantics synth pop with the some of the spirit of 70s glam rock.” This unique style of shadow pop allows for Terror Bird’s music to stand out in the massive array of pop music. Recently releasing her record All This Time, AMBY caught up with Nikki to talk about laying in plants, learning German, and how Terror Bird are goofy geeks!

AMBY: Hello Terror Bird! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?

Terror Bird: The Terror Bird band was touring Europe for a month, and I will be doing some solo shows in Europe and the UK in the summer. Currently, I’m staying with family and good friends in Vancouver. I’ve been resting, reading, talking, and eating too much.

AMBY: How would you describe Terror Bird’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Terror Bird: Dark 80s nu-new romantics synth pop with the some of the spirit of 70s glam rock.

AMBY: You are about to release your third record All This Time. Which tracks are your favourites?

Terror Bird: My favorites are the title-track “All This Time”, and the “single”, “The Wrong Way”.

AMBY: The Wrong Way is a very cool song. What is the story behind it?

Terror Bird: Thanks! The Wrong Way is about the trials of romantic relationships. It’s partially me reflecting on all my past long-term relationships; the little things that drove my ex-partners crazy (eg. me singing in a David Bowie voice, being clumsy and messy, or taking a long time to get ready) and then relating it to my upbringing. It’s also about wanting your partner (or ex-partner) to be spending time with you (“I cannot bring myself to walk in the park without you”), and depressing things happening to you as a couple after you thought you were happy (“But look again; the misery’s knocking on our door”). It’s also about missing someone, feeling a void, and wanting what you can’t have while taking for granted what you do have.

AMBY: Does coming from Vancouver, British Columbia have an influence on your music? And if yes, how so?

Terror Bird: I think so. The musicians I am friends with here have influenced my musical taste to some degree. Also it rains here a lot, so it influences me to stay home and write songs. Ha ha.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Terror Bird: My bandmate got really drunk on her birthday and passed out in the bushes. She told me not to leave her alone, so I laid with her in the plants. I decided it was comfortable and since I was also drunk (though much less so) that I should maybe also consider staying in the bushes. I ended up dancing instead, luckily.

AMBY: If you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you choose?

Terror Bird: David Bowie. Though I might go silent from intimidation!

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Terror Bird: The Smiths: Strangeways, Here We Come, Tim Buckley: Happy Sad, and David Bowie: Diamond Dogs.

AMBY: Where did the name Terror Bird come from?

Terror Bird: The Neil Young song, “Danger Bird”, the giant birds that are now extinct (called “Terror Bird” as a nickname), and terror management (psychological) theory.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Terror Bird: Touring with my band and being asked to play Incubate. Also, that I will be learning German soon.

AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called ?

Terror Bird: Teenage Forever.

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Terror Bird that nobody knows?

Terror Bird: If I told you, everyone would know! Maybe that we’re really goofy geeks?

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Thank you Terror Bird, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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