Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers overview
Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers first came to my attention while I was attending Whitby Steampunk Weekend in July 2017. I was impressed, not just by their obvious skill as musicians, but as the comedy act that they so obviously are. While in the Green Room chatting to Captain of the Lost Waves, I managed to introduce myself to the band. Dean, the lead singer, was kind enough to provide me with a copy of their latest album “Dinosaurs Ate My Caravan”
Normally the CD only costs £5.00 and is available from their website.
The album is a 16 track compilation of what seems like the oddest song titles. Opening with the soft lounge style My Mysterious Uncle, the story is narrated from the viewpoint of a young child who’s uncle seems to be a complete enigma; but he still loves him and finds his quirkiness appealing. This song sets the tone for the rest of the album which features tracks which subject matter seemingly plucked out of thin air. Songs such as Soy Milk, Snow and Cheese simply cover what everyone loves about them along with details of how they come into existence. What’s interesting about these songs is that the lyrical content is not only unique, oddball and hilarious, but is actually informative. The aptly titled Land Hermit Crab literally tells you information about it. Normally you’d have to go through the tedious task of trawling wikipedia for such information. My favourite track on the record is Never Going Back. From start to finish it’s a deep, unapologetic and sometimes uncomfortable look into the brains of the band. But then a chorus of “I’m never going back to reality now” suggests how crazy it’s going to be.
Arguably the only song that really breaks from the formula is the second on the album “David Attenborough”. I remember this song fondly because the band had a bit of audience participation with it. You’ll read on the review linked above that they split us into two parts; left and right. Then whenever David was sang the right of the hall had to put their arms in the air. When Attenborough was mentioned, the left of the hall had to raise their arms. It was really good fun. Dean actually wrote this song with an intended purpose because it was the band’s way of marking the naturalist’s 90th birthday.
Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers review summary
The album is already three years old, but for a band with three albums over the last ten years, it’s not out of the ordinary. Their sound is one of those interesting “can’t quite put my finger on it” sounds; arguably due to the dexterity of the album. I think that if they were in America, they’d be playing in Las Vegas; but at those low key venues that hosts lounge music. That’s a place I’d like to go and visit. But some of the songs wouldn’t fit in there as there’s too much cabaret in them. Like I said, I can’t quite put my finger on it.
That’s only the sound though. Listen to the lyrics and they’re a completely different kettle of fish. Musicians are artists. They use music as a vent for their creativity. They have a message to get out to the people and they do it as only they know how. So how do I explain this album then? I think the creativity is less about the actual subject matter and more about the sheer brilliance of creating lyrics based on something as everyday as Soy Milk or Snow. Or Cheese. Being able to fit them into a song and get it to work shows an ingenuity not seen by many mainstream artists.
Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers are something of an enigma for me. Not only have they got a singer who comes up with these oddball song ideas, but the accompanying band have bought into it and are just as crackers. The chances of them all finding each other are extremely slim, but sometimes people just find each other. That’s demonstrated in popular surreal comedy groups such as The League of Gentlemen or Reeves & Mortimer. They’ve actually been described as a musical version of Vic Reeves and that’s an extremely close description. Although interestingly Vic Reeves never made any actual humourous songs in this same vein. His were much more subtle bordering on serious. Interestingly Vic Reeves and Biscuithead come from Leeds, so maybe it’s something in the water?
Dinosaurs Ate My Caravan is a well thought out, beautifully written album that will have you laughing from start to finish. The music isn’t hard or fast so it’s perfect for unwinding after a hard day while the lyrics will have you chuckling the stresses away. If you like the music enough to learn the lyrics, the band have free downloads of them for you to use. They also have a call out to fans on the back of the album to offer ideas for them to sing about.