Northern Ireland’s Lauren Bird is releasing her new single I’m Not on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2018.
This is the first new release since last year’s successfully crowdfunded debut album, The Inbetween. The single was made at Redbox Studios in Belfast with producer Cormac O’Kane, who has previously worked with Sinead O’Connor, Bob Geldof, The Corrs and many others.
I’m Not takes a more aggressive tone than that of her past singles, it is about taking ownership of yourself and not letting anyone knock you down. It features drummer Peter McKinney and Van Morrison’s former musical director Nicky Scott on bass.
Lauren said, “I’m Not is a song I had for the album that didn’t quite fit the overarching narrative or tracklist. I kept holding onto it until I felt the time was right, and it feels like now is the right time to release it. It was the first time I felt like my love of Green Day and Paul Simon merged together to influence a track. My friend referred to it as ukulele pop-punk, which is exactly the genre I want to be in. It needs to exist!”
Lauren hails from Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and first appeared on the Belfast music scene in late 2013, first at open mics and then at local festivals like Stendhal Festival and Sunflowerfest. She gained attention after winning Chordblossom’s Kickstart 2015, which provided an opportunity to record a single at Millbank Studios in Lisburn with Michael Mormecha and James Lyttle and have a music video made by Dog Kennel Productions.
The single and music video for ‘Goodbye, Good Luck’ were picked up by national website Her.ie and were shared over 700 times with the headline ‘This Irish Girl’s Song Will Strike A Chord With Women Everywhere’. She released her debut album The Inbetween on May 8th 2017 which led to a sell out album launch, a twilight rooftop show at Culture Night Belfast and a few end of year lists, including Drowned In Sound’s staff picks.
Lauren will be launching the new single with her band at Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival on March 8th, doors are at 6pm and tickets can be purchased for £6 here.
The single will be available on iTunes, Spotify and all other relevant music platforms from March 8th.