Well, here is something to look forward to next year! The Buzzard Orchestral are a new fivesome who have recently moved to London. As a result, their debut EP is all about living in the big smoke and sticks to trends of the current London music scene -cool indie that tells a story preferably with some witty lyrics thrown in. Being a young Londoner myself, their ideas and views intrigue me in a way that no other unsigned band ever have.
The EP’s three tracks are all set in the city and together they form a narrative of a modern day urban couple. It’s very cleverly written and when reading the lyrics, it really feels like you’re reading three poems in a series. From a ruined wedding day to an exploration of a violent incident to the bleak, working class family’s future, you begin to form a bond with the characters in their story making this EP one of a kind.
The first instalment comes in the form of Defeat in the Honeymoon Suite. An indie lead vocal backed up by some spaced-out backing voices begin things. Ringing riffs and alternative guitars play a kooky rhythm to the story of a bride running away from her abusive fiance on their wedding day. She reflects on the man she could have been with and expresses her regret for agreeing to marry the man she has just jilted. The band’s harmonies blend perfectly and although it’s dealing with dark issues, it has a contrasting sing-a-long vibe.
Instant After the Impact begins with screeching alternative guitars and straightaway the blend between the lower and higher vocals create a ghostly, surreal feeling. There is a catchy rhythm and the pop-punk slant to the vocals carry the story along in a chapter which reveals why she felt she couldn’t enter into an abusive marriage. From her point of view, we discover how she dealt with being hit and comparing it to how beautiful the night sky is in the city. It’s “the first time I’d seen stars in London” and the beauty of them detracts from the horror of the scene she has just fled. There is a singing guitar towards the end, which dies when sirens rush in.
Ending on a very bleak insight into how the guy’s life progresses, the final track is Great, Britain. He becomes a father and due to his violent nature and working class background, his family’s life is one that is unfortunately all too common in the inner city. It has a kooky strolling beat with foot-tapping riffs and a chilled rhythm. Atmospheric guitars seem to cry with the kids talked about in the song and the seemingly upbeat instruments clash wildly with the subject matter. It is a horrible social commentary on the state of our country and The Buzzard Orchestral have all bases covered when they mention the still obvious class differences in the line “The wealthy ones look in from the outside to where no one laughs and it’s a joke”. I also love the final lines “Everyone feels stranded but we all live on an island. We should be used to it by now”. It’s so profound and powerful, while being so relevant to British listeners.
The EP may be set in London but it’s relatable to anyone who knows a city well. Stories like these really do occur in every city and these people really do exist. We all know that poverty isn’t reserved for third world countries and The Buzzard Orchestral simply remind us of this. Genius lyric writing and some truly resonating stuff set to an innovative EP structure is what they appear to be all about, which is so exciting for a new band!