Velvet Starlings is fifteen year-old indie rock singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Christian Gisborne, who is known for a powerful sixties era Eric Burdon influenced vocal style.
Christian spoke with The Fountain about Sold Down The River and his favourite gig to date.
TF: A new track, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
I think you might be referring to Sold Down The River. If so, then you can expect all of the ingredients of mid to late sixties tunes, during wartime, like jangly and fuzzy guitars; poignant lyrics that try to explain the times and what’s going on with an accidental four on the floor organic dance beat; chanting stacked chorus sections, a bridge that sounds nothing like the rest of the song round it all off with vox organ riffs… Something like that.
TF: And are you working towards releasing an EP or an album?
We have a seven songs EP ready to go out sometime on this side of the year, plus another second EP in mix stages, we are beyond excited about the new songs. This TBD title EP will be released in 2019, before we head out into SXSW territory and over to Europe.
TF: When can we look forward to seeing you perform in Scotland?
Hopefully soon! We are definitely hoping to cross the pond to the UK as well as taking in some shows in the Scottish region. If you know any venues that might dig our sound in Glasgow or Edinburgh, especially mini festivals as we will in around spring and beginning of summer, please let us know. We’d love to see beautiful Scotland and capture a photo of Nessie as well for the Insta story. ?
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?
Opening for Robbie Krieger of The Doors and just watching him play some of my favourite Doors tunes live, as well as hanging out backstage to hear some Jim Morrison and Manzerek stories. Legendary evening.
It was at a Gibson event too, so we had access to any vintage guitars we wanted to use! Good times!
TF: What inspired the name Velvet Starlings?
My music is heavily influenced by sixties bands. The lyrics in many of the songs from that specific time period have poetic lyricisms and contain so many creatively colourful lyrics. Velvet Starlings is derived from two songs by, Velvet Underground and Cream. In Cream’s song, White Room, there is a lyric in the song that mentions “tired starlings” which was a contradictory statement because starlings are known to be loud birds. Velvet Starlings just came to me and it sounded like something straight out of the psychedelic sixties and that’s what we dig!