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Shieldsy – ‘Birds Aren’t Real!’

by Thomas Bedward June 17, 2022

Shieldsy – ‘Birds Aren’t Real!’

A uniquely talented artist who has been riding a fun-loving wave of momentum in recent years, Shieldsy is one of the most charismatic artists in the Australian music scene right now. With over three decades in the music industry and numerous awards, the ‘singer of songs and teller of tales’ has become nothing short of an icon, delivering a bold blend of rock, rap, and vibrant pop with spirited tales of everyday life.

On his last EP, the critically acclaimed ‘It’s the Boss on The Phone’, Shieldsy delivered an authentic and undeniable sound, sharing six wild tracks that shone with a wry smile and plenty of larrikin energy. Today, he’s followed it up perfectly with a brand new and wonderfully satirical single that is simply titled, ‘Birds Aren’t Real’.

A rough-and-ready anthem that arrives with howling vocals and a classic punk guitar line, ‘Birds Aren’t Real’ leaves nothing behind, hitting hard with a whirlwind sound that will leave you speechless. Right from the get-go, there’s an unstoppable pub rock style that breaks through, built from classic Aussie vocals, visceral, crashing instrumentals, and bold, tongue-in-cheek lyrics like “wake up sheeple, do your research”, that hit time and time again. Musically, it’s brash, explosive, and utterly enjoyable, capturing a side to the modern music scene that is currently been championed by bands like Amyl and The Sniffers and The Chats.

Speaking about the new track, Shieldsy explained he was trying his hand at political activism, creating “an anthem for the enlightened” that blurs the lines between old-school punk, off-kilter comedy, and homegrown satire.

Available now on all major platforms, ‘Birds Aren’t Real’ is a release like no other, offering a rampant punk-rock sound that mixes perfectly with Shieldsy’s howling vocals, and bold, tongue-in-cheek lyrics that will have you laughing and chanting along.

Score: 8/10

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