We’re delighted and honoured to announce Project Blackbird’s debut on the BBC: since Tom Robinson chose “Elevation” as one of his “Fresh Faves” last week, he also included it on his Introducing Mixtape, which was broadcast in the wee hours of this morning (October 1st, 2018).  A podcast of the hour-long show is available for UK listeners to stream or download for the next 28 days.

Our track wraps up the session, but please do listen to the whole hour if you have the chance.  It features an excellent, varied array of artists and songs, all of whom deserve a wider listenership.

We were blown away to find out that “Elevation” made Fresh On the Net’s “Fresh Faves” last weekend: a batch of great songs, whittled down from approximately 200 to 25 by selected moderators, and then from 25 to 10 by listeners’ votes.  The quality of this group is, if we do say so ourselves, exceptional.  We were honoured to be selected.  You can find Fresh Faves 296 here, where you can listen to all the songs and read a review of each track by Chris Ingram; and you can also read what some voters had to say on the Listening Post.

The intro to Project Blackbird’s Elevation kicks off with a lonely lamenting trumpet and is then infused with kicking drums. There is a then a chunky wedge of synths (reminiscent of Elbow’s opening to Grounds for Divorce) allowing us to slip and slide into this modern protest song. ‘Rise we will, Rise, we will rise’, ‘You will never forget that moment, that morning when you mistook the buds of magnolias for hundreds of sleeping doves about to take flight’. Yet again I am pleased with some delightfully powerful and evocative imagery at play in this band’s songwriting. You can be sure with absolute clarity you can listen as I did with my eyes closed and you are transposed into the image completely.

“Add a dash of funky guitar, a slice of acidic politics and an ambition to raise perception and awareness and you may be closing in on the band’s recipe for success. If the rest of their debut album is anywhere near as good it’ll be a banger, and I don’t mean any old butchers snag. Oh no, I mean a handcrafted beast, served on the best mash, with the richest jus and a side of mustard so strong your nostrils flare with pleasure as your ears pop and your mind twists with pleasure at a tune so lovingly crafted.” (Chris Ingram, 24.09.18)

Special thanks to Uwe “Balou” Bartsch, a.k.a. The Starved Peasant, for his unwavering support, and a review that radiates love and appreciation.

We would like to acknowledge the very sad and untimely passing of our friend Joycelyn ‘Bebberley’ Harris. Jon and Thure were lucky enough to play with her in various band incarnations respectively, including The Pressure Tenants, Uptown Ska Collective, and Joycelyn and the Dots; and we were honoured to have her as a guest vocalist on two tracks on Endurance. She had a voice and spirit that soared, and lifted those around her.

If you’d like to know more about the talented young Catalonian photographer who took the striking photo, “Wilderness”, that adorns the cover of our album, then please go to Helena Aguilar Mayans’ website.

We are indebted to her vision and are grateful that she agreed to share it with us.

Quotes, paraphrases, and inspiration are courtesy of Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 26th 2016.  “When they go low / We go high“.

Welcome to the new website dedicated to Project Blackbird. Keep up to date with all our news here, and enjoy the journey….