An album-length EP brimming with high octane rock 'n' roll
Meg Berridge
16:30 7th July 2020

Have you seen the streets? Have you seen the beer gardens? There are floods of people spilling everywhere. The British people cannot be tamed, they simply MUST have a pint in one hand and a cig in the other whilst slowly cooking to a crisp. But there won’t be any lager drinking for me, no, I’ll have a pint of Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s new EP… to go, please. 

Rock ‘n’ roll has been somewhat absent from the expanse of the UK’s music scene. With the rebirth of post-punk, lo-fi bedroom pop taking a front seat and bluesy daddies Hidden Charms out of the picture, a space has opened up, just we didn’t know we needed it. Yet here they are. Now, we wonder how we ever existed without them.  

In the midst of this summer mania, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have tended to the bedlam with an album-length EP just as exciting and frantic.. 

By this point, ‘Double Denim Hop’ is a well known banger to their fans, making its first appearance back in 2018. Two years on and the track still has the octane of a beefy monster truck. The song is unapologetically catchy yet endearingly silly. From this one track, you can confirm that the Welsh band are a must-see live band. ‘Late Night City’ and ‘Stockholm City Rock’ follow in a similar fashion — brawny riffs and rollicking choruses. 

The EP splits in two with the 48-second-long blade of ‘Theme From Early Morning City’ and its counterpart ‘Theme From Late Night City’. It seems almost unfamiliar territory, as a swung guitar purrs softly underneath gentle hissing cymbals and tender coos. 

Nosediving into the semi-acoustic ballad of ‘Long Day / Free Day’, bittersweet lyrics blend seamlessly with metallic, swaggering guitar which then builds up into a state of twisted euphoria as sinister organ drones below shrieking guitar.

Pulling The Non-Stop back up onto its feet are tracks ‘What Is Hate?’ and ‘John Lennon Is My Jesus Christ’. Both are upbeat ditties classically composed in 12-bar-blues with the accompaniment of whimsical lyrics as lead singer, Tom Rees sings, “John Lennon is my Jesus Christ, wakes me up in the morning, puts me bed at night. I don’t need nobody else cos’ John Lennon is my Jesus Christ.”

Winding down, ‘Sugarloaf Mountain Crucify Me’ brings another turn. The cornerstone of Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard is their unpredictability. The track is unadorned with the slow sway of a fuzzy guitar and half-sung vocals like it’s under a spotlight. It’s strangely very Father John Misty. Out of nowhere, it bursts into flames for the epic finale. 

The Non-Stop is released on 10 July 2020 via Communion.