Stockholm-based Birthday Girl share their new video ‘I Came Here To Eat’

June 9, 2019
Sara-Maria Westerlund


Stockholm-based alt-rockers Birthday Girl have released their brand new video ‘I Came Here To Eat’ out via Sweet Cream Records.

 Of the video they tells us “There was a clip of Fran dancing to a Joy Division tune after a show it looked so ridiculous we wanted to have it on the video, but the way Sebastian captured it on stage in this theatre stage it actually looks like Frans got the moves. It works well with the song cause it’s the idea of someone trying to grab your attention and impress, but subsequently failing”

‘I Came Here To Eat’ is a blisteringly heavy slice of post-hardcore that growls under the intensity of distorted guitars and a driving, motorik rhythm. Recalling the likes of Thee Oh Sees, Echo and the Bunnymen, Fever Ray, Sonic Youth and more, Birthday Girl straddle the line between fuzzed up garage-rock and anthemic post-punk.

 The track stays true to the noisy and aggressive nature of their debut release, but with a slower tempo and groove. Fran wrote the song about the feeling of “wanting to completely devour someone to the point of cannibalism”.

It was recorded in their rehearsal studio in Stockholm, with UK engineer Lee Turner and Swedish Producer Björn Stålhammar. In summer 2016, having recently moved to Stockholm, Merseyside twins Martin and Fran Baxter with James Corden conceived Birthday Girl whilst living in a single room with one folding down bed while DJing for pocket money. Fran on vocals and guitar, Martin on drums and James on bass, with Sweden’s Joakim Sandegård joining soon after. The band focused on creating music that combined raw aggression and noise, with gentle melodies and harmony. 

They released their first single ‘Welcome Home Frank Bastard’ on UK label Hide And Seek Records in 2017, a song about a lonely man taking out his frustration on his pet cat. The single was picked up by Iggy Pop who featured it on his BBC6 music radio show and the group began playing live around Stockholm.

 After a night DJing in a local bar they found a credit card on the floor which happened to belong to the Glasvegas singer James Allan, upon returning the card they struck up a friendship, which lead to James inviting Birthday Girl to open for Glasvegas on their 2018 UK tour. 

Following the UK tour the band joined Underground Youth on their Swedish tour dates before taking to the studio during Winter 2018 to start work on their debut record. Birthday Girl will return to the live scene this Spring, touring Europe, playing shows in Sweden, Norway, England, Germany and France. 

The Band: Fran Baxter – Guitar Vocals

James Corden – Bass

Martin Baxter – Drums

Joakim Sandegård – Guitar 


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