The most exciting new band to break out of Wales in recent years Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have today shared ‘Break Right In’ - the latest taste of their heavily-anticipated debut album Backhand Deals, which will be released on 25 February 2022 (via Communion).
Speaking about new single ‘Break Right In’, vocalist & guitarist Tom Rees 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 video for ‘Break Right In’ is the first part of a two-part film and is the band’s second collaboration with director Will Clark - who also directed the Sunny Delight-inspired video for ‘You’. 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.”
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‘Break Right In’ follows previous tracks ‘Yourself’, ‘You’, ‘Crescent Man vs Demolition Dan’ - a protest single which struck a chord in the local community following the destruction of Cardiff’s grassroots culture venues - and ‘New Age Millennial Magic’ which all continued the band’s impeccable run of press and radio support to date.
Since forming in 2017, the Cardiff-based four-piece - aforementioned vocalist & guitarist Tom Rees, guitarist Zac White, drummer Ethan Hurst and Rees’ brother and bassist Eddie - have become one of the most talked-about new bands in the UK. Driven by exciting, dynamic energy presented at a host of magnetic, hype-building live shows, the band’s critically-acclaimed debut EP The Non-Stop then followed in summer 2020.
Across their multiple, frenetic tours, the band have made fans in tourmates from The Magic Gang to Miles Kane and were set to support Noel Gallagher – another on a growing list of fans – at the Royal Albert Hall before the coronavirus struck. Operating out of their studio base in Cardiff, the band are an integral part of a blooming Welsh indie scene. Alongside his work in Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Rees is also a fast-rising producer, working with the likes of Do Nothing, Private World, The Bug Club and Panic Shack.
With Backhand Deals, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are ripping up the rule book. A rejection of rock music's more archaic ideals, their debut album plunges into Tom Rees’ exploration of honesty and authenticity, and untangles what it means to be a ‘rock star’. The key to this demystification is Rees’ sharp wit - using sarcasm and humour to keep the listener in limbo, and in turn, leading their audience to face their own thoughts.
“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,” explains Rees.
“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 – ‘Backhand Deals’ out 25 February 2022 (via Communion).
Off the back 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 shows by recently sharing tantalising live performances of album cuts ‘Yourself’ and ‘You’.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – 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