When Green Buzzard signed to the I Oh You label before having even played a show, it was for one very good reason: the songs. I Oh You head honcho Johann Ponniah says ‘It’s funny how people discover music these days; you can trawl the Internet searching through countless blogs, you can listen to every bloody podcast you can get your hands on, you can tune your dial to far too many satellite radio stations… or if you’re lucky I guess you could just sit around and wait until a mate shows you some demos he’s been working on.’
That mate with the demos was singer, guitarist and songwriter Paddy Harrowsmith. Together with friend James West (drums) they had been recording songs as Green Buzzard for their own amusement for six months, enjoying the act rather than thinking about record deals. As so often happens when people concentrate on the music rather than the outcome, those songs stood out straight away. Melodic and guitar-driven with a tip of the hat in the direction of acts like Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub and the Stone Roses, Green Buzzard re-shape their influences to their own liking, turn up the volume and deliver a fresh take on a classic sound.
Their first release, ‘Zoo Fly’ gave an indication of what the band are about, and made an immediate impact with NME making them their Buzz Band of the Week and stating ‘…they recall nearly everything that’s sublime about TFC’s fuzzy brilliance’. Mermaid Avenue in the US put their hand up to release the track as part of a double A-Side 7 inch single, and the band happily acquiesced.
It’s early days for a band who are yet to play more than a handful of shows, but with their songwriting output continuing at a rapid pace with no signs of the quality abating.