Danny Goffey has announced details of his third solo album ‘Bryan Moone’s DiscoPunk’ and an accompanying limited edition book. Check out the album’s first single ‘Everybody’s On Drugs’ below, along with our chat with the Supergrass drummer and independent star.
‘Bryan Moone’s DiscoPunk’ follows Goffey’s 2018 album ‘Schtick’ and was recorded after the end of the first coronavirus-imposed lockdown in 2020, with contributions from Goffey’s bandmate Supergrass. gaz coombesas much as ed harcourt and Louis Eliot.
Simon and I [Byrt, producer], who I’ve worked with on my other two albums, we were really looking forward to that,” Goffey said. “After that lockdown you could start working pretty quickly, so we did it really quickly and then over the next year we added a few more tracks here and there.”
‘Everybody’s On Drugs’ introduces the record in a burst of punk energy, with the musician declaring over ram drums and staccato guitars: “In portaloos, beer gardens and bingo halls / Everybody’s stoned / In libraries, Houses of Parliament and places of worship / Everybody’s stoned.”
“I was with someone in the pub and there was someone across the street,” Goffey said of the inspiration behind the song. “Someone said, ‘He looks like he’s on drugs,’ and then I remember someone else saying, ‘Everybody’s on drugs.’ It’s more of a look at the global pharmaceutical issue and the number of over-the-counter prescription pills you can get, vaccines, vapes, alcohol, cigarettes, all that kind of stuff.
“[The song] it just says, ‘It’s easy to point a long, bony finger at a kid who’s taking illegal drugs, but most of you do them anyway.
Musically, the track evolved from “almost Sleaford Modifications-type beats” to “choppy guitars” reminiscent of Stone Age Queens. As for his theatrical vocal delivery, Goffey said, “He’s like a deranged newsreader telling people the world is on drugs.”
The newsreader character appears in the video accompanying the single, due for release next week, played by a friend of Goffey’s and an employee of his record label. “I had the idea that I should have some found images of common things, which can be seen as quite funny or a little mundane, of people who go about their business but are probably crazy in some way,” the musician explained. “Then I talked to my brother about it, and he had a little desk set up with a green screen and we got my friend Paul to basically yell the lyrics.”
The rest of the disc features tracks that were inspired by Goffey’s life in lockdown and memories of his past. ‘All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go)’ falls into the former category and, according to Goffey, “is about you and your partner gradually immersing yourself in a mind-bending world of insanity in the house.” It sounds at odds with much of the thoughtful and introspective work that has come out of the COVID era so far.
“I’ve always had this annoying thing about me when I write things that are maybe a little more uplifting,” he said. “That song isn’t really autobiographical, it’s probably more about a couple of young guys locked in a flat and it’s about having a hard time when you’re in a confined space, but you’re figuring out how to make each other laugh. or do interesting things.”
In the last field, ‘I lost my girlfriend to a fairground worker’ details an incident in Goffey’s youth. “You know those traveling fairs that used to go through towns and cities? That song is a memory of a guy who worked at the waltz and how he stole my girlfriend because he was tougher than me, she had a mustache and a Burton sweater and he was pretty tough,” he recalled. “I went home clutching a teddy bear that I had won from him and I was feeling pretty miserable. The album is full of weird stuff like that, but also quite eclectic.”
In addition to the album, a limited edition book will also be released in October, capturing a day in the life of Goffey’s titular alter ego, Bryan Moone. Although the musician said that the character is a product of his imagination, he pointed out that it had similarities with him. “He’s an aging rock star stumbling around Somerset, trying to figure out what he’s doing with his life,” he said. “He continues to be pushed mentally and physically by his family and different types of people. It’s a bit like Bryan Moone crossing paths with Bridget Jones.”
The book goes through a day minute by minute, from seven in the morning until seven in the evening. Goffey wrote the book on his iPhone, saying it included “things that go through your mind: anxieties and idiosyncrasies of life”: “It’s like a little trip in real time, but then there’s this return to the memories, the anecdotes and the self-criticism”. analysis.
The book features illustrations by Goffey’s son, Frank, who shares his drawings on his Instagram page. @letbefrankofficial. “He has been expressing himself through drawings that [touch on] cultural stuff, mental health, bullying,” Goffey said. “He does it in a really fun way and it’s quite surreal and eclectic. He did a really weird drawing of me once and ever since then I thought, ‘Wow, that could really work.’ Plus, I just needed him to move around a bit and get paid for something, so it worked.”
As well as preparing for the release of ‘Bryan Moone’s DiscoPunk’, Goffey has been busy touring with Supergrass, who reunited in 2019 for live performances. At the time, they said they wouldn’t work on new material, which their drummer confirms is still the case.
“No, I think we are very happy to reach the end. [of the tour],” he said. “We were supposed to do a six-month tour in 2020 and we managed to do the UK tour and then the pandemic hit.
“But I think Gaz is going to do something for himself and I’ve got this coming up so we’ll give him a break for six months and then we’ll see. But we’ve really enjoyed this tour, I think we’re playing better than ever as a band and we’re having a lot of laughs and it’s been really, really fun.”
‘Bryan Moone’s DiscoPunk’ will be released on October 21 via Distiller.