Track Of The Day #55: The Wind-up Birds - Cross Country

Track Of The Day #55: The Wind-up Birds – Cross Country


Cathartic post punks from Yorkshire The Wind-Up Birds are named after a book by Haruki Murakami. The rambunctious bile and nostalgia of ‘Cross Country’ joyfully sticks two fingers up to that PE teacher that inflicted the torture of cross country running upon even his most out of shape pupils. Vocalist/lyricist Paul Ackroyd has the tumbling sneering wit of a Leeds born Eddie Argos channelling the humour and personal insight of Mark E Smith. Meanwhile his band chop through frozen pitches with spiky rhythmic spasms and stinging guitar notes. The video inhabits a place between the masked comedic terrorism of Frank Sidebottom and the performance starkness of The Wedding Present.


‘Cross Country’ is taken from ‘The Land’, an album about a brutal yet humorous trip through four themes ‘Englishness, communication, isolation and community’ and it’s out now!

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