Brand new Melbourne-based alternative trio Hammer & Bird have today released their debut single ‘Pull Me Back,’ a song that laments the discomfort of simply going through life’s motions and knowing it isn’t right.
Combining crisp guitars, soft strings and emotive male lead vocals, ‘Pull Me Back’ perfectly demonstrates the band’s influences from both orchestral and alternative music. Sombre but driving, ‘Pull Me Back’ is “a song about the persistent feeling of being out of place. When the routine of what is expected is at odds with your inner private world,” as described by Thomas E. Flatman, lead vocalist.
The releases with an accompanying music video edited by Flatman and filmed in his back shed. The video stunningly captures the intimacy and emotionality of the song, featuring projections of images invoked by the lyrics onto band members as they perform.
Hammer & Bird is the second project where Thomas E. Flatman, Mark D’Angelo and Antonio Sanciolo have combined their talents: the trio previously performed together in the band Durbeyfield, achieving support slots for the likes of Clare Bowditch, Missy Higgins and The Whitlams and performances at various Victorian and interstate music festivals. Each member has also developed successful individual careers in music: Antonio has composed music for independent film and television shows, Thomas has released music as a solo artist and in indie-electro duo The Gall, and Mark co-owns The Backlot Studios, working with artists ranging from John Cleese to Jimmy Barnes and labels such as Sony, Warner, Universal and Neon Records.
‘Pull Me Back’ is only the first taste of much more music to be released by Hammer & Bird: in fact, they have a whole album of new material being prepared for release later in 2020. Entitled Rest For The Wicked, it will not be one to miss.
Evoking comparisons to Seachange-era Beck and Nick Drake, Hammer & Bird is a blank slate ready to make a unique mark on the Australian alternative scene.
‘Pull Me Back’ is OUT NOW.