Brunch like beers. Brunch sound like Pavement and The Cribs. Brunch play power indie rock music. It looks and sounds like it's a match made in heaven for Third Outing, right? But here's why Brunch are so much more than that.
It's that magic moment when all the ingredients combine. At some point there's a moment when you realise what you're hearing is what you've been looking for, for a long time. Brunch hail from London. They all met in school, jazz bands or through some other band connection. That's the short story. The four piece released their first eponymous EP in August 2014 churning out 10 songs in 2 hours and they haven't looked back since. “They’re mainly first takes so it was inevitably a little looser” explain the outfit. It's a modest conclusion, as hastily recorded Brunch may have been, the impact is there. It's loud, melodic and thought provoking. Yeah, Brunch might remind you of Pavement and The Cribs, but they've got their own thing, and that's fucking cool.
Their new track Yowie all but confirms how good this band is. Though like any follow up material there are question marks about the direction in which Brunch might be going. Yowie is a slow Pavement-esque track littered with brief instrumentals, slowly intensifying mid-song jams and other interesting ideas. At times it feels like it's the out takes of Crooked Rain. The vocals are in between a drunk Stephen Malkmus and Pete Doherty, a duality probably due to the contrast between where their base and their sound. But I can't help think it works...
“We spend the first three quarters of the song tying to play interesting guitar lines but then we get bored and rain down the power chords. The song is loosely about that feeling when you wish you were a fictional beast made up as part of a failed hoax, you know? If that doesn't do it for you then we’d usually say Pavement”
It's the charm of Brunch. They're a British band with an American sound. It's usually the other way round, especially in the current DIY music scene. The outfit clearly love american sounding bands like Krill, LVL UP, Kal Marks, Pile and many others. You can already feel it on their first EP, but with Yowie Brunch seem more focused and coherent. For Yowie Brunch have doubled their studio recording time from two to four hours. Now imagine if you let them in a studio for a 48 hours?