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Exclusive Premiere: Watch Danny Bell & His Disappointments’ New Video for “Killing Birds”

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British Columbia-based accordion-led folk/country/punk band Danny Bell & His Disappointments are back with a new video for “Killing Birds”, which can be watched exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.

“‘Killing Birds’ is the first single and title track from Danny Bell & His Disappointments’ new EP set for release on June 2nd.

The video was filmed on Treaty 8 and Lheidli T’enneh Territory at a dance studio in Prince George and an abandoned saw mill just outside of Mackenzie, BC. The mill is the setting and inspiration for the song itself. Shot by Adam Harasimiuk of Frost Films, the video follows the imagination of a mill caretaker with time on their hands.

“Based on a true story, ‘Killing Birds’ explores the daily life of a caretaker for an abandoned sawmill,” says Bell. “The song guesses at the workers identity based on the things he leaves behind after his shifts at the mill. The song was inspired by exercise equipment, a blowup mattress, a set of golf clubs, BB guns, and a sign outfront that says ‘Honk 4 Help.’”

Danny Bell and His Disappointments play accordion-led folk/country/punk tunes with infectious charm. Based in British Columbia on unceded Lhedli T’enneh territory, Bell’s music is regional. It’s steeped in his affection for his home in the hinterland, a blue collar town, the stink of the pulp mill, and everyday life in Northern BC. Bell’s songs toe the line between tragedy and comedy.

Danny Bell and His Disappointments released their second album, Songs For The Town, in December 2020. The band’s newest release, titled “Killing Birds”, was mostly recorded in the foreman’s office in an abandoned sawmill just outside of Mackenzie, BC. Set for release on June 2nd, the EPs songs are reactions to a change in pace and identity during the pandemic. Going from performance and travel to the slow pace and isolation of a part-time security job brought a new perspective. The EP features lap steel by Liam McIvor along with collaborations from fellow northern BC artists Folky Strum Strum and Saltwater Hank.

’Killing Birds’ will be available on May 13th on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services worldwide.


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