Breakfast MUFF are a three-piece punk band from Glasgow who are soon to release their much anticipated seven track record Rainbow Yawn. They say it’s "shambolic, sometimes beautiful and always brilliant". With the record set to be released on the 19th of December, let’s find out…
To make this a clear cut review is quite difficult, as over a seven track record Breakfast MUFF have created some moments of brilliant punk rock clarity. The entire composition of the record reminds intensely of a more Freaky Styley, Uplift Mofo Party Plan era of music. It’s funky, intelligent, and best of all rather funny. More importantly, though, the old punk sensibilities are for us all to witness.
“I think it’s maybe a little more messed up than the first album in some ways, but we’re happy with it. Our favourite part of it is the art by Kate Gallagher! She is amazing and we’re so happy with how it turned out”.
It’s true, the album art work is rather grand, just look at the punk genie in blue below. But to say this is an understated gesture. Rainbow Yawn has a very strong sound in its own right which perhaps even rivals the ever high gurning hallucinogenic drug inspired title.
Let's mention the highlights of the record and straight away mention the magic of Horny People. It's magic. Okay now that's done lets start at the beginning. With Satan and MVFF the album starts very much in the same style as other female heavy groups of the moment. Similar to a Hinds track, we straight away come face to face with music full of energy, hooks and attitude.
“One time Simone ended up calling out this horrible, sexist guy who performed before us on stage. Don’t think he was too happy about it but who cares to be honest”.
With so much attitude in the track list, it is the track entitled Tired Of Tying which is the real winner of the bunch. Starting in a Cribs fashion, it's an honest punk tune with the strongest vocal performance of the record. The chorus builds and climaxes with a proper thrashing of the guitar and there’s something to be said for the snare in the track too.
And to the rest of the record, which continues to shine with a slow ballad in the shape of Want 2 Want 2. It's a track which along with the final number Your Guts embodies the style and flavour of Breakfast MUFF. The style is scrappy, loose, sometimes even a bit off, but it’s a style which represents the essence of their music.
“I remember at our first gig we were totally shambolic, like we were so unprepared. We ended up turning up with no drum sticks. Someone lended us some in the end and when they asked us how many we needed and we were like, “umm…2”. We barely knew any of the songs but it was a beautiful time”.
A beautiful time indeed. There we have it. Just like the original punks of the mid to late 70’s, this latest revival has all of the energy, anger and enthusiasm that is needed to bring the genre back to the forefront of the popular music scene. Along with other bands of a similar nature, punk truly rocks again with Breakfast MUFF.
Breakfast MUFF Rainbow Yawn 7/10.