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Supergrass’ Danny Goffey talks about his new album and book ‘Bryan Moone’s DiscoPunk’

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 indie star.

‘Bryan Moone’s DiscoPunk’ follows Goffey’s 2018 album ‘Schtick’ and was recorded after the end of the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020, with contributions from Goffey’s Supergrass band Gaz Coombes as well as Ed Harcourt and Louis Eliot.

“Simon [Byrt, productor] and me, who I worked with on my other two albums, we were dying for,” said Goffey. Over the next year, we added a few more tracks here and there.

“Everybody’s On Drugs” introduces the album in punk energy, with the musician saying he was banging drums and staccato guitar thumbs: “In bars and beer halls and bingo halls everybody’s on drugs, in libraries , in Parliament and places of worship, everyone is on drugs.”

“I was with somebody at the pub and there was somebody across the street,” Goffey said of the inspiration behind the song. “Somebody said, ‘He looks like he’s high,’ and then I remember somebody else said, ‘Everybody gets high.’ It’s more of looking at the global pharmaceutical issue and how many prescription pills over the counter you can get, vaccines, vapes, alcohol, cigarettes… all those kinds of things.”

“[La canción] he says, ‘It’s easy to point a long, bony finger at a kid who takes illegal drugs, but most of you take them anyway.

Musically, the track developed from “almost Sleaford Mods beats” to “choppy guitars” reminiscent of Queens Of The Stone Age. Of his vocal theatrics, Goffey said, “He’s like a crazy announcer telling people the world is on drugs.”

The newsreader character appears in the video accompanying the single – due out next week – which will be performed by a friend of Goffey’s and an employee of his record label. “I had the idea that I should have found some images of ordinary things, which can be seen as quite funny or somewhat inaccurate, of people going about their business but probably out of their minds somehow ,” the musician explained. “So I talked to my brother about it, and he had set up a small desk with a green screen and we got my friend Paul to yell the basics of the lyrics.”

The rest of the album features themes inspired by life in prison and memories of Goffey’s past. All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go) falls into the former category and, according to Goffey, “is about you and your partner gradually slipping into a world of trippy madness in the house.” It contradicts much of the thoughtful and introspective work that has come out of the COVID era so far.

“I’ve always had this hobby of writing things that are maybe a little bit more aggressive,” he said. “That song isn’t really an autobiographical song – it’s probably more about a couple of young people locked in an apartment and trying to have a crazy time in a confined space, but you’re thinking about how to laugh at each other. or doing interesting things.”

In the final section, “I Lost My Girlfriend To A Fairground Worker” details an incident from Goffey’s childhood. “Do you know those traveling fairs that used to go through big towns and cities? That song is reminiscent of a man who worked at the waltz and how he stole my girlfriend because he was tougher than me and he had a mustache and a Burton jersey and he was pretty tough,” he recalls. “I went home hitting a teddy bear and I was quite miserable. The album is full of strange things like that, but it’s also quite eclectic.”

As well as the album, which will be released in October, there will be a limited edition book chronicling a day in the life of Goffey’s titular alter-ego, Bryan Moone. Although the musician said the character was a figment of his imagination, he revealed that he bore similarities to him. “He’s an ex-rock star bumming around Somerset, trying to figure out what he’s doing with his life,” he said. “He keeps getting pushed around mentally and physically by his family and by different types of people. He’s a bit like Bryan Moone crossed with Bridget Jones.”

The book goes through three days minute by minute, from seven in the morning to seven in the evening. Goffey wrote the book on his iPhone, saying it included “things that go through your mind: the anxieties and idiosyncrasies of life”. stories and self-analysis.”

The book features illustrations by Goffey’s son, Frank, who shares his drawings on his Instagram page, @letsbefrankofficial. “It has been expressed through drawings that [tocan] cultural issues, mental health issues, bullying issues,” Goffey said. “He does it in a very funny way and it’s very surreal and eclectic. He did this really weird drawing of me once and ever since then I thought, ‘Wow, that could really work.’ Plus, I needed to get off his ass a little bit and something he could pay for, 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 weren’t going to work on new material, which the drummer confirms is still there.

“No, I think we’re very happy to get to the end [de la gira]”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 thing ahead of me so we’ll give ourselves a break for six months and then we’ll see. But we’ve really enjoyed this journey, I. I think we’re playing better than ever as a band and we’re laughing a lot and it’s been a lot of fun.

‘Bryan Moone’s DiscoPunk’ will be out on October 21st via Dristiller.

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