By Jacob Engels
A little over a year ago, my friend introduced me to the band The Bilinda Butchers. To be honest, when I first heard it I was pretty inebriated and focused on something else entirely. Over the next couple of days their song Hai Bby literally haunted me, in a good way. It brought me back to that night, helped me remember things I forgot, and put me at ease. Last week, I got to chat with band member Michal about the where the band is now and how it’s grown since they started.
Why go with the name The Bilinda Butchers?
We chose the name a really long time ago, when we were about 15 or 16. Adam and I had been listening to My Bloody Valentine at the same time, unbeknownst to each other. One day we were talking about music and we found a mutual love for MBV. Being shy nerdy kids in school, we became fond of the ease and almost shyness of Bilinda Butcher’s vocals and the tone she set on the MBV recordings.
Tell us a little bit about your original work…
We’ve been recording music since we were a lot younger. We wrote some songs here and there and then eventually came to the point where we finished our first EP “regret, love, guilt, dreams.” All those songs were written two years or more before the record actually came out. The same with the second EP “goodbyes.” Those songs were written around the same time and during RLGD so the whole process was like playing catch up. It was pretty horrible to be honest. We were so underdeveloped in terms of songwriting and actually finishing something was very painful, which translated into the titles of the records. People seem to appreciate and really find something in common with those recordings, but since then we have really moved on.
You recently released some new material. It’s been a while since you released anything, how have you evolved as a band since then?
Like I mentioned before, we were so underdeveloped as musicians when we were working on those two records that we moved past it pretty quickly. With this new single and the new material being worked on we’re finding a more mature sound with a little more thought into what happens with the tones and textures as well as how the song develops and taking into account a set theme for our first record.
Are there any plans for a tour? Maybe swing by Florida sometime soon?
Unfortunately, playing live shows has dropped behind making more music on our priority list. But it will happen!
What is the easiest way for people to listen to your music?
Hmmm, in terms of accessibility? I would suggest listening through our bandcamp. We have our 3 major releases on there, which are all for free download. Links to physical copies are listed with each release as well.
But if you’d like my opinion on the easiest way to “listen” to our music….download it, put on your headphones and hop on some form of public transportation. We’ve written and recorded our songs so that they are optimized for listening on headphones.
MORE ABOUT THE BILINDA BUTCHERS —
The Bilinda Butchers are a dream pop duo from San Francisco who take their name from Bilinda Butcher of My Bloody Valentine. Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Michal & Adam, the group writes songs that contrast idealistic nostalgia with romantic uncertainty and sorrow.
You can listen to their music by clicking here
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other businesses and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it’s founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Jasper, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org