An issue for many bands is that when they finally get in the studio to record their album the process flattens their sound and the racket they made when you first experienced them in some sticky venue has been diluted and the anger lost in multiple takes. Breakfast Muff have avoided this pitfall and delivered a raucous, rough, tangled sonic blitz. Sure, that means there isn’t a particularly glossy production to proceedings but, hey, we only need to look at a band like Idlewild to see what happens to your popularity when you spend more on production than you do on songwriting.
Eurgh! starts off with such immediacy that for a moment I thought they’d cut the intro off. To speak plainly: there’s no messing around on the first track Lunch Money: Boom and it begins and fifty seconds later it’s over and we’re onto something else. Instead of continuing in the same vein though it’s a complete change of pace and tone. For me, the rattled dishevelled Arms Brains opens the door for Breakfast Muff to do whatever they want for the rest of the album.
R U A Feminist is potentially the least likely song to get radio play, which of course is exactly why it is and should be the key single from the album. Opening gently but with a surprise attack of “You’re a feminist until I won’t f**k you” it quickly stabs and twists the knife over and over in a delightfully unrepentant attack. Saying what you feel has never sounded so good.
Babyboomers is an absolute ferocious rant tearing into the previous generation for the mess they’ve left for us to live through over an almost nu-metal stomp that builds to a unrepentant finale of them screeching “We are better than you!”. Seeing the stunned faces of those currently in power following last week’s election that particular line has buzzed around my head rather frequently and I’d love to see it performed live with a sweaty crowd chanting it in unison.
My favourite track though is Birthday Party, which just encapsulates Breakfast Muff’s sound and features the heartwarming chorus “I want to wear your skin to my birthday party”. At a generous two minutes and twenty seconds long it’s also the longest song on the album. A close second favourite is Duvet which, at a more restrained one minute forty, is just a great song of which I can understand around three per cent of the lyrics – like all good punk songs should be.
There’s a flavour of Pixies, L7 and Bleach/Incesticide-era Nirvana to the album (and probably a few much cooler bands that this reviewer is not edgy enough to have heard) but only in part as their overall sound is totally their own. Indeed, one of the album’s real strengths is its constant change of pace and tone. As music in general fully transitions to a post-album and playlist-focussed world Eurgh! manages to often sound like different bands on each song yet remain coherent as an album. You could be mistaken for thinking you had clicked on one of those genre playlists Spotify or iTunes generates as the songs often sound like they come from different but fantastic artists.
Photo by Paul Burt.
For more on Breakfast Muff, including their upcoming gig at Glasgow’s Stereo, click here. Eurgh! is released via Amour Foo on 7th July.