Welsh punk band Breichiau Hir (Long Arms) deliver an urgent call to arms with their new single, ‘Penblwydd Hapus Iawn’ (A Very Happy Birthday). An unflinching three minutes of punk aggression powered by a wall of three-pronged guitars and cathartic screams, underscored by brittle melodic interplay, reminiscent of the band’s early influences, Sunny Day Real Estate, At The Drive In and The Get Up Kids, it proves that Breichiau Hir’s visceral prescient sound is primed for wider attention. Steffan Dafydd the band’s lyricist and vocalist explains: “The setting of the song is a catastrophic birthday party I attended a few years ago where I witnessed the worst in some of the best people”. You can listen to the track here.
It’s Breichiau Hir’s third release on West Wales imprint Libertino records, home to the most exciting emerging Welsh acts(Adwaith, Los Blancos, Silent Forum). If ever a band was needed to soundtrack these unhinged times, where there is a lack of political and social responsibility and accountability, Breichiau Hir fill that void with passion and honesty.