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August 3rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

Hatebeak LogoNovelty albums featuring animals are nothing new, but I have to admit that grindcore band Hatebeak–whose vocalist is a parrot named Waldo–takes novelty to a whole ‘nother level.

Waldo, along with humans Blake Harrison (from Pig Destroyer) and Mark Sloan (from The Index), formed the band in 2004. They released a couple of singles (one of which, “Bird Seeds of Vengeance,” was a collaboration with Caninus, a band which featured two pit bulls as singers. I swear I am not making any of this up) but broke up in 2009 without ever releasing a full-length album of their own.

That’s all about to change, baby. Hatebeak is back and has just released “The Number of the Beak,” featuring tracks with titles like “Roost in Peace” and “Hellbent for Feathers.” And I swear I am still not making any of this up.

Sadly, if you’re hoping for a tour you’re going to be disappointed. In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Blake Harrison informed us that Waldo isn’t up for live performances:

Parrots like doing this stuff—the mimicry is kind of like a form of play, so it’s more like they have to be in a relaxed…playful mood. You know the sound of your smoke detector when the battery is low? And it’s like a really loud chirp? He will do that when he’s uncomfortable.

The bird really shouldn’t and probably couldn’t–I don’t want PETA after me for subjecting a bird to like 120 decibels of distorted guitars. And you know, it’s kind of more of like a fun thing. Playing live would be a pain in the ass, and if it’s not fun I don’t know if I would necessarily want to do it.

Hatebeak’s album is available on Soundcloud and can be purchased on vinyl (still not making any of this up) on Amazon. Their previous discography is here.

To whet your appetite, here’s Waldo performing “Seven Perches.”

(via Neatorama)

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