BREAK RIGHT IN
The most exciting new band to break out of Wales in recent years Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard recently shared their latest single ‘Break Right In’ – from their heavily-anticipated debut album ‘Backhand Deals’, which will be released on 25 February 2022 (via Communion).
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard began as a bedroom studio project for front man Tom Rees in late 2016. Since then his brother Eddie Rees along with Ethan Hurst and Zac White have joined the band giving us the line up we know today. With incredibly high octane live performances citing the ghosts of rock and roll past, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard give us a fresh take on the more classic rock band.
Speaking about new single ‘Break Right In’, Tom explains:
“I feel like, especially in Britain, our obsession with social convention and politeness has diluted the effectiveness of protest. I feel like institutions have become accustomed to the idea of protest as we know it so it’s become an event, like Carnival or T in the Park, when in actual fact it should be a response to a breach of the present overarching social contract we all abide to. When the social contract is broken by those who we put in power to maintain it, who says you can’t go and smash up an M&S? All bets are off right?”
The track itself is another little happy go lucky slice of indie pop pie from the band which we’ve grown to love and expect from them wrapped up in indie sensibilities with a social conscience and an important message. It starts off slow with just an acoustic accompaniment, but soon picks up pace with its mischievous vibe of banging drums and down right funky keys. The chorus will have you chanting the track back in joyful recognition from first listen.
The video for ‘Break Right In’ is the band’s second collaboration with director Will Clark – who previously directed the video for ‘You’ and is also the first part of a two-part film. Speaking about the video, Rees says:
“Nothing quite illuminates the unjust society we live in, riddled with bad actors and nefarious despots seeking to limit our freedoms and starve us economically, like four young men playing dress-up in a massive mansion. All joking aside, Will Clark is a genius.”
Watch the video for ‘Break Right In’ here now
The latest release ‘Break Right In’ follows in the footsteps of previous tracks ‘Yourself’, ‘You’, ‘Crescent Man vs Demolition Dan’ and ‘New Age Millennial Magic’ all of which saw the band receiving amazing press and radio coverage.
Whilst touring the band have made fans in their fellow tour mates such as The Magic Gang and Miles Kane. They were also all set to support Noel Gallagher – another fan of theirs – at the Royal Albert Hall before the pandemic struck.
With the forthcoming album, ‘Backhand Deals’ the band have said that they are ripping up the rule book. Stating that it is a rejection of rock music’s more archaic ideals.
The album honestly and unabashedly delves into Tom Rees’ exploration of honesty and authenticity, and untangles what it means to be a ‘rock star’ in this day and age.
Backhand Deals is a practice in subverting the ideology of rock music as something that needs to be ‘brought back from the dead’. Rock should be about enjoying yourself honestly, whether that’s washing the dishes, sweeping the yard, or complaining about whoever got elected. Rock is a sweeping power, and is attributed to anyone who performs art honestly, from Lizzo feeling good as hell to AC/DC riding down a highway to hell. The honesty is the same, and the honesty prevails,”
“The record allowed us to discuss the thoughts we have about our lives, the lives of people from Cardiff, the lives of people from Wales, and the lives of people from everywhere whilst openly admitting that we know nothing and we’re just part-time-opinion-havers. The longer we’re a band, I realise that all we ever want to do is effect change in people’s lives and to do that disingenuously would make me feel slimy. So let’s do it honestly in any way possible. Rock isn’t dead, it doesn’t need ‘resurrecting’ or ‘regurgitating’; it needs acknowledging for what it is, and it’s everywhere. If we should ever be considered a band that is ‘bringing rock music back’ I think I would shed a tear – rock should be moving forwards, not backwards.”
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s debut album Backhand Deals’ is out on 25 February 2022 (via Communion).
Following on from a year of packed-out festival sets, a sold-out headline show at Cardiff Castle and two sold-out nights at London’s The Social in October 2021, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard will embark on a UK headline tour which includes their biggest show in the capital to date at Scala on 10 March – tickets are available HERE. The band have also shared teasers of their enigmatic live show performances by recently sharing videos of album cuts for tracks ‘Yourself’ and ‘You’.
SPRING 2022 UK TOUR DATES
5 March Cambridge Portland Arms
6 March Tunbridge Wells – The Forum
10 March London Scala
6 April Edinburgh – The Caves
7 April Glasgow Stereo
8 April Newcastle – The Cluny
9 April Liverpool Arts Club
13 April Bristol Thekla
14 April Nottingham Bodega Social Club
15 April Bedford Esquires
16 April Southampton Joiners Arms
17 April Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (Matinee)
17 April Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (Evening)
19 April Brighton Komedia
20 April Birmingham Mama Roux’s
21 April Leicester Soundhouse
22 April Manchester YES (The Pink Room)
23 April Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Words by SALLY NEWMAN