Cardiff-based four-piece Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard return with their dark new single Therapy. The news comes closely on the heels of their recent single Chew, which was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. The band have also announced a new 16-date headline UK tour for March.
Following on from their Welsh Music Prize nominated debut album ‘Backhand Deals’ in 2022, the band have been writing and recording at frontman and producer Tom Rees’s Rat Trap studio, the room where Rees has previously recorded and produced tracks for emerging talent – Panic Shack, Do Nothing and The Bug Club. With the band having showcased new material live earlier this year along with recently releasing Chew, the new single Therapy arrives as a further nod to the band’s move towards a heavier and disquieting sound.
The new single still carries the band’s the fast-paced energy and trademark ‘70s references from their earlier releases, but fuses it with heavy fuzz-drenched guitars, a crushing rhythm section, and fevered vocals delivering inward-facing lyrics about Rees’s views on therapy.
Speaking on the single, he says: “Not surprisingly I wrote Therapy after I had my head squeezed like a giant cyst and years and years of backlogged pus just started oozing out (“my father” this and “my mother” that). I was so impressed by how great I felt that I became a massive nuisance to everyone around me telling them they need to go to therapy – big “a person you kind of know telling you that you NEED to watch Breaking Bad” vibes – so this song was really an extension of that. More than anything it was a fun opportunity to be creative with imagery around feeling frustrated, and the freedom that came from getting the help to understand why.”
Watch the video for Therapy via YouTube below.
The band – Rees, guitarist Zac White, drummer Ethan Hurst and Rees’ brother and bassist Eddie – have been going from strength-to-strength since releasing their debut EP “The Non-Stop” in 2020. They’ve since made of end-of-year lists with NME, DIY, and Dork; earned plaudits from the likes of the Guardian, The Telegraph, MOJO, Uncut, Record Collector, The Needle Drop, The Independent, CLASH, The Line Of Best Fit, and So Young; and have amassed significant radio support with plays across worldwide radio, and live session appearances across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, NPR, Radio X, and more.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s frenetic live sets have seen the band make fans in tourmates from The Magic Gang to Miles Kane and were set to support Noel Gallagher – another in a growing list of fans – at the Royal Albert Hall before the coronavirus struck. They’ve also performed widely across the festival circuit appearing at Glastonbury, Eurosonic, Latitude, All Points East, SXSW, and Green Man, and have toured extensively including a packed-out headline date at Scala. The band will go out on tour again next March hitting 16-dates across the UK, the tour will follow their show at Omeara in London on November 7th, where the band will continue to debut new material.
Full dates are as follows:
04 – Brighton, Mutations Festival
07 – London, Omeara
24th – Swansea, Swansea Arena House Party
01 – Oxford, Jericho Tavern
03 – Exeter, The Cavern
04 – Falmouth, Cornish Bank
07 – Chelmsford, Hot Box
08 – Ipswich, The Smokehouse
10 – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
12 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
13 – St Albans, The Horn
14 – Ramsgate, Music Hall
16 – Peterborough, Met Lounge
17 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
18 – Hull, Adelphi Club
20 – Stockton, Ku Bar
21 – Sunderland, Independent
25 – York, The Fulford Arms
26 – Clitheroe, The Swan & Royal
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