Every week, we’re going to be introducing you to a brand new artist we’re going for mad for here at NME Towers via our ego-busting new Q&A, What’s Your Band Called, Mate? This week Cardiff’s Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard on their connection to the Bay City Rollers, Double Denim and crying when meeting Pete Wentz.
What’s your band called, mate?
“Hey, we’re Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard! I’m Tom Rees, along with my fellow band mates Zac White, Ed Rees and Ethan Hurst.”
What do you sound like?
“’70’s sheep in badly made wolves clothing.”
Are you any good (honestly)?
“I think we’re pretty good, our single came out on Friday and I listened to it first thing in the morning and cried by myself, and I’ve only ever cried to Glen Campbell’s ‘Wichita Lineman’ and John Lennon’s ‘Woman is the N of The World’ so hopefully we’re up there.”
What’s your best song?
“I think I realised that after my little moment on Friday morning (crying, sobbing, balling etc) that ‘Late Night City’ is our best song, it’s just a real late night bopper, man.”
What’s been your most memorable gig?
“There have been plenty, but I think the best was Green Man Festival last year, we weren’t expecting anybody to show up and were real nervous, but when we came out there were loads of heads going mental, which was really great for us.
Beyond that, we’ve done some really cool shows with Our Girl and we supported Otherkin a couple of weeks ago which was dynamite!”
Tell us something really interesting about you, that isn’t to do with music.
“Myself and Ed are brothers, and our papa used to play drums for The Bay City Rollers back in the day, though I should clarify that it was when they were on their decline – bad times, long live Bay City.”
We said really interesting…
“I once met Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy and got so excited I cried and had to leave? I was like 12, maybe that’s not as much interesting as it is deeply saddening.”
What’s your karaoke song?
“Glen Campbell – ‘Wichita Lineman'”
Scenario: We’ve given you a shit load of money to make a big budget video – what do you do with it?
“I really want to shoot a Spaghetti Western, but one that looks really cheap, even though we’ve spent THOUSANDS on it. I think I’d probably just shoot a vid of myself eating cereal and then give the rest to my mam.”
What do you want to achieve with your music?
“As long as we can effect major social and political change I’ll be happy.”
(If you answered ‘we just do it for ourselves and anything else is a bonus’, then go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect £200)
If your tourbus was hanging over the edge of a cliff and you needed to throw out one band member as ballast, which member would it be and why?
“We’d all jump out, for denim and for all.”
Fill in the blanks: When you listen to our music, it feels like your mother is calling you to your kitchen for din dins.
If your band had ‘stans’ (superfans, like Katy Perry’s Kitty Cats or Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters), what would the name for them be?
“The Zebebubbies? The Zebubs? Zubbards? Buzzers? Buzzards? Bummers?”
Where can we see you next?
“We’ll be playing a cool hometown show in Cardiff presented by us called The Late Night City Sermon. It’s all going to be shot and filmed like a live TV show and features a really cool line up, you should come.”
What do you want to happen at your last ever show?
“I’d probably get all of our parents to learn all the songs and perform them all in our place, by then it would probably be about time that they had the lime light for a bit, plus imagine Ethan’s papa, Phil, on drums, would bring the house down.”
Any final words?