Electrifying L.A. based rock band Kills Birds have dropped their heavy hitting new single “Cough Up Cherries,” the third release off their upcoming album, Married. “Cough Up Cherries” is a multi-faceted song that pulls from a barrage of emotions and themes while instrumentals amp up the intense lyrics. The result of which is a stirring, chaos infused release of pent up energy delivered with a biting attitude.
“There are a lot of themes to Cherries, as it was written during the height of the pandemic in 2020. The song touches on feelings of loneliness, paranoia, and hopelessness that we all experienced,” notes the band’s vocalist Nina Ljeti. “In addition, Cherries also addresses the identity crisis we all face in the digital age. What our performative personas are vs. who we really are when we’re left alone, and if in the midst of great injustice, we are actually able to hold our own selves accountable.”
With a simple but performative and deeply immersive music video, Kills Birds leaves viewers with an interesting collage of images delivered in a clever way. The music video, directed by Brandon Somerhalder, also pays homage to the band’s upcoming new album title, Married, as Ljeti wears a veil and wedding dress at the beginning and end of the video.
Kills Birds previously released singles, “Rabbit” and “Glisten” are equally as raw and heavy in emotion, theme and instrumentation. Married comes out Nov. 12 via their new label Royal Mountain Records and KRO Records. Produced by Yves Rothman, the trio recorded Married, at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 upon invitation from Grohl himself. Kills Birds are set to play in Los Angeles on Oct. 21 at the Teregram Ballroom opening up for Sleigh Bells.
Words: Patti Sanchez