Photo by Paul Burt
Announce tour dates with Neurotic Fiction for next week
London show at Rough Trade East on Friday 21 July at 7pm
Listen to new single “I Like To”
New album Eurgh! out now via Amour Foo
* With Neurotic Fiction
“If the sound of punk is now a heritage concern, its youth, anger and desire to pound the listener awake with the ferocity of imagery and language is reborn in Breakfast Muff.” The List 4*s
“The trio create ferocious three-minute songs, bursting with anger, passion and joy.” Scotland on Sunday
“For people who’ve followed Glasgow’s evergreen DIY scene, Breakfast Muff remain one of the most exciting torchbearers.” Loud & Quiet
“The album is perfect, pissed-off punk.” DIY
“A taut, wiry, and occasionally hilarious slice of torn ‘n’ tattered indie.” Clash
“In more wholesome and effervescent form than ever before.” Gold Flake Paint
Following the release of their critically acclaimed new album Eurgh!, Glasgow’s Breakfast Muff announce a London show at Rough Trade East this Friday 21 July at 7pm, before heading off on a string of dates with Neurotic Fiction next week.
Breakfast Muff are a thrillingly uncompromising DIY pop trio comprising Eilidh McMillan (Rapid Tan, Joanna Gruesome), Simone Wilson (Hairband, Mary Column) and Cal Donnelly (Spinning Coin, Rapid Tan), who all switch between guitar, bass and drums in a cacophony of anxiety, celebration and creativity. Featuring songs about sexuality, feminism and feelings, Eurgh! ranges from soft to screechy, and is an all-round giant dose of fun.
They also share the track “I Like To“, which Eilidh describes; “This song is kind of silly but it’s also it came from a place of like everyone wanting to know your sexuality and wanting to put you in a box. As a bi/pansexual person I’ve experienced this from both women and men that I’ve slept with. The point of the song is just that it shouldn’t matter to anyone but yourself.”
Since forming in 2014, the band have shown a determined focus, playing as many gigs as possible and putting out two records. Their first album, The Feels, was made in two days. Their second, Rainbow Yawn, was made in three, and Eurgh! in four. This time, the album was recorded at The Big Shed Community Centre in the Highlands in May 2016, with gloriously hot weather contributing to the exuberant sound. The vocals were laid down together in the main hall, with the lead singer standing close to the microphone while the others were at a distance, lending a truly live and in-the-moment feel to the recordings.
Tackling subjects head-on, the songs describe what the band members were going through when the album was recorded. Despite experiencing a period of relative calm in their sometimes chaotic personal lives, their anger on a range of subjects is clear: “R U A Feminist” laments the use of feminism to mask violence, while disco boys who throw their weight around on the dance floor are the casualties of “Raspberry Pavlova”. Other songs explore the impossible expectations put on young people by previous generations (“Babyboomers”), labelling and sexuality (“I Like To”), bullying (“Lunch Money) and self expression (“Clam”).
The album title Eurgh! perfectly encapsulates Breakfast Muff’s sound. It’s an expression that can be both an exclamation of disgust or a cry of passion, and in this album it’s certainly both. This is echoed by the striking line-drawn illustrations on the cover, by Kate Gallagher. Kate has collaborated on the artwork for several of the band’s releases, and is uniquely able to provide a visual expression of the band’s sound.
The new album demonstrates Breakfast Muff’s development as a band, as they begin to become a real force to be reckoned with. Having made a concerted effort to hone their sound and improve as musicians over the past few years, Breakfast Muff now have a renewed confidence. Their live shows are renowned for being some of the most energetic and exciting around, with a ferocious and at times aggressive energy, veering between defiant anger and joyous celebration.
Watch the video for ‘Babyboomers’ here:
Watch video for “R U A Feminist” here:
Listen to “Feast” here: