‘Under Your Spell’ is the 7th album by the Birthday Massacre, and with it comes eleven songs that reveal a side of the Canadian band that audiences may not be familiar with. Driven with the band’s signature, unique blend of spiralling synth melodies, walls of guitar and evocative vocals, the new songs range from dark, aggressive anthems to danceable, pretty pop and hit all the bases that audiences have come to expect. However, there is also a rawness to the emotion being expressed, an openness and vulnerability that feels new. Listen here
One thing that is clearer than ever, however, is the tight bond that exists between the band members and their willingness to explore heartbreak and loss together. With these songs, they have entered the darkness of their most fragile emotions and returned with a cohesive and detailed musical portrait that captures both the anger and hope that exist within a moment in time.
The Birthday Massacre continue to make music that is so very unique to them. Once again, they have managed to create an album that somehow feels so familiar, yet challenges the listener to continue alongside them on their ever-changing, ever-growing journey.
Originally formed in the early 00’s in Ontario, Canada by frontwoman Chibi and guitarists Rainbow and Falcore, TBM initially self-produced and released an album entitled ‘Nothing and Nowhere’ plus an EP, ‘Violet’, backing these up with well received live shows that brought the band to the attention of Metropolis Records. Signed by the label in 2005, new songs were added to the latter and it was reissued as a full album, with a promo video for a song entitled ‘Blue’ being commissioned that displayed the band’s penchant for mixing themes of horror and tragedy with fun and satire to create a unique visual experience.
It was also at this time that TBM chose the colour violet for all their subsequent artwork, stating that “Violet is the colour of the tragic comedy. We associate it with fantasy and melancholy. These themes make up much of the band’s lyrical inspiration. The colour also mirrors our sound dynamic. Our music mixes contrasting elements. In turn, violet is the sum of two contrasting colours: Red and Blue.”