Harrison MacLeod-Bonnar
Harrison MacLeod-Bonnar

Harrison is a freelance arts and music writer based in Scotland. He writes reviews, interviews and features with artists across the UK and beyond.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard share their next single ‘Break Right In’ ahead of their highly anticipated debut album ‘Backhand Deals’.  

The single follows a run of success that the Welsh four-piece have built during the last year; with support across BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6, headline shows at Cardiff Castle and two nights at London’s The Social in October. The release of their debut album on February 25th via Communion Music will be followed by a headline UK tour in March, including their biggest London show to date, at Scala. 

This is a body of work that finds the band unified in their attempt to bring rock music into a new age. The group have clearly found their mantra, as vocalist and guitarist Tom Rees explains, “Backhand Deals is a practise 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.”

Opening with a nonchalant acoustic guitar under playful Marc Bolan-style delivery–quickly broken by crunching guitars–it’s a song that keeps opening up, adding layers and textures that evoke pure vibrant rock at its swirling, panoramic best. The use of the organ is a real treat for fans of seventies rock, and the song itself is full of subtle notes that evoke bands like ELO and Badfinger. Rees’ vocals are supported by moments of individual flair from his bandmates, replete with a searing double-tracked solo. At a radio-friendly three minutes, it’s a glimpse of a band at the height of their powers. Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are a band that wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. 

Listen/watch ‘Break Right In’ here: