“The Non-Stop EP is 31 minutes of delightful irony, served on a flamboyant platter of steaming drums, glitzy guitars with a tantalising slice of 70s glam rock. We assure after one listen you’ll be grinning ear to ear.”
WORDS BY ALISDAIR GRICE
The glam rock revival has arrived. Did we ask for it? No? But do we need it? Absolutely. It’s time to fill your commute with the gorgeous OTT bops of your favourite new rock band.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are bringing the endearing sounds of the 70s to a radio station near you with their new release The Non-Stop EP. Widely cited as the reprise of glam rock, the Cardiff foursome come with a double denim laden twist and 10 groovy tracks to satiate your nostalgic cravings.
From the names of the songs alone (John Lennon is My Jesus Christ and Double Denim Hop) you can already hear the twangy unfiltered guitars soloing over an indulgent T. Rex drum beat, whilst vocalist Tom Rees’ vaudevillian melodies utter his colloquial lyrics with pride. The songs themselves do not disappoint, with John Lennon is my Jesus Christ addressing idolisation in music with a swinging acoustic melody and Double Denim Hop flying out the gate with a Sports Team inspired riff, with lyrics emphasising their carefree attitude – “flying free” and “feeling loose”.
The theatrical presence is apparent from the start of the EP, with both Double Denim Hop and Late Night City paving the way for Hollywood Actors to shine bright; the exaggerated cymbal crashes and key-shifting Brian May breakdowns paint this caricature of American pop culture with excitement and ease. Alongside fellow bandmates Zac White, Ed Rees and Ethan Hurst, Buzzard have curated an intentional sound with such lavish swagger that it’s impossible to ignore, and equally impossible to put this record down.
Occasionally floating into heavier territory with the bridge riff of Late Night City, as if a Matt Bellamy riff was appropriated for a fairground soundtrack, they give glimpses of their breadth of influences in the massive genre that is ‘Rock music’. Shifting down to first gear and tapping into a more wistful sound is Long Day / Free Day, here Buzzard tells the story of wasted days, and forever comparing yourself to your ‘busy’ friends, toning down the bravado in a seamless effort to connect with their listeners.
Although regularly slotted into the now meaningless ‘Rock Music’ genre, the midsong semi-ironic guitar solos and theatrical gang harmonies throws this EP into the fray of musical theatre. If Andrew Lloyd Webber got his hands on this record we may just have a hit in the making. The absolute cherry on top of this record is the magnificently lavish outro to Sugarloaf Mountain Crucify Me, culminating a near-albums worth of material into a catchy, off-the-handle rager.
The Non-Stop EP is 31 minutes of delightful irony, served on a flamboyant platter of steaming drums, glitzy guitars with a tantalising slice of 70s glam rock. We assure after one listen you’ll be grinning ear to ear.
Check it out here.