Leading with their Baby Boomers/R U A Feminist single Glaswegian DIY punks Breakfast Muff return to the Amour Foo label with their third album, and first one on vinyl. Made up of members from Hairband, Rapid Tan, and Spinning Coin, on Eurgh! They fight back at the mean spirited who masquerade as feminists.
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Glaswegian growlers Breakfast Muff make a record of bare bones goodness and call it ‘Eurgh!’, which isn’t the only reason it reminds me of the Ergs!; their pop-punk is so delightfully sparse, so wonderfully untidied, that you hear its fucked off messages sailing clearly over its shoddily catchy hooks, just when they can impact the most. “I want to wear your skin to my birthday party”, the band hum absent-mindedly over scattershot chords on “Birthday Party”, and it rules even if I need my skin to live and stuff.
Coming out of UK punk crews like the excellent Rapid Tan, Spinning Coin, Joanna Gruesome and Hairband, this trio know almost innately how to match catchy, dissonant pop tunes with spots of joyous surrealism and political ire. “Magic Carpet” is a joyous song floating away from its earthbound existence, languishing chords mingling with sung and spoken pleas to be flown away from the cursed real life below. Songs like this come alongside others like “R U A Feminist”, an address to the DIY scene and fake feminist white men, be they exclusionary or manipulative. It’s an impassioned response to violence that moves between slow and lucid verses and a raucous fuck you of a chorus.
There’s also like, a lot of fucking songs on this album, so excuse me for not mentioning the one that might become your favourite. Breakfast Muff use each one quite spectacularly, moving their sound beyond a typical pop-punk sound into parts downbeat, surfy and shreddin’. It’s a song like “Clam” that I’m drawn to, using its sparse set-up to create something between raw and elaborate. If you just wanna listen to a band who do good riffs and bounce well, though, I trust you will have a good time with ‘Eurgh!’ And point you to directly to “Duvet”, do not pass go do not collect £200.
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