What Did You Expect? I Got It Off The Internet! by Breakup HaircutRelease date: September 27, 2019
Label: Hell Hath No Fury
I bought it after the pub. I was drunk and then forgot about it. When it arrived (in two to three days) the delivery guy left it behind the wheelie bin. I opened it up and a bunch of lo-fi indie punk rumble tipped out messily all over the floor. Fuzzy little two minute blasts of conflicted feelings, idle dreams, strong fashion choices and tooling up to battle the undead. Like you do. As we stare into the coming bleak winter and whatever hellscape it might yet bring, it’s sometimes good to remember rock ‘n’ roll as a high spirited, carefree escape from all that. What was that thing again? ‘fun’ I think it was.
Breakup Haircut are indeed fresh out of the box only forming a few months back for First Timers Fest and What Did You Expect? I Got It Off The Internet! amounts to their first demo. While it’s certainly scrappy and rough around the edges it’s a strong first effort for a band so new. It doesn’t hurt that the style they’ve adopted is one in which enthusiasm has always beaten polish in the race to the sweet jar. It opens with an instantly charming three note bass line tipping into the shambolic girl group/Ramones opener ‘I (Don’t) Wanna Do Things’. “I wanna do things but I don’t want to, want to, want to” is a perfect smart/dumb relatable lyric of sighing ennui don’t you think?
The general mischievous good humour and witty lyrics certainly help carry it. Lead track ‘Why Can’t I Be Cool Enough To Move To Berlin?’ (featured on this very site a couple of weeks back) has a title that’s good enough all on it’s own but so much more to give. It finds them in the double bind of being afraid to make a bold move but spotting the naivety of expecting it would fix everything, while musing “Am I really leading my life without a pair of kitchen scissors and a carton of peroxide?“. If you don’t see the charm in that, I’m sure we’ll have another bunch of serious faced instrumental types along any minute.
The band’s self image as a pop punk version of the Scooby-Doo gang is indulged in full on ‘Mystery Inc’ as they dress sharp and head to the graveyard to kill vampires, only wishing maybe they’d gone to a party instead. The closing ‘Mum, I Wanna Be A Greaser’ has another explanatory title, a suitably rough edged rockabilly feel and gets away with celebrating the weariest old clichés of rock ‘n’ roll rebellion through wide-eyed Shonen Knife style innocence. It also packs in a completely collapsing and wayward solo which only makes it more charming. This EP is a pretty great debut and points to an interesting future, fans of Lovely Eggs, Ill and the like should pay attention. Sure, it seems a little cheap and shoddy but… What Did You Expect? I Got It Off The Internet!