It’s been a few years between drinks for Buddy Glass, but with a new album on the horizon, he’s just released his first single since 2014, ‘Wasted Habit’.
If the name Buddy Glass doesn’t sound familiar to you, then the voice most likely will. The musical nom de plume of Bruno Brayovic, you might recognise him best as the frontman of Sydney icons Peabody who just last year celebrated a quarter of a century together.
Back in 2014 though, Bruno adopted the name of Buddy Glass and released his self-titled debut solo album. Before long, he was playing shows all over the world with names as varied and celebrated as The Stranglers, Kristin Hersh, Jamie Hutchings, and much, much more.
Fast-forward a few years, and it’s now time to welcome Buddy Glass back into our hearts, with ‘Wasted Habit’ serving as the first single from his forthcoming record, Wow & Flutter.
While the majority of the album was recorded on a 4-track cassette recorded in the back room of his Marrickville house (“between dogs barking and babies crying,” he notes), ‘Wasted Habit’ stands out as having been recorded on a digital 8-track whose history spans more than two decades.
A swift track bolstered by a furious acoustic guitar and those iconic vocals, every instrument on the single was recorded by Buddy Glass, while Tim Kevin handled mixing, and the ever-prolific Mikey Young took on mastering duties.
“It’s a song about knowing the outcome of a situation before it happens, but nothing you try to say or do stops you from taking the steps necessary to fulfil that outcome, even when that means a raw deal for everyone involved,” Buddy Glass notes.
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“It’s like being in a car crash but also witnessing it from the outside. It’s essentially about determinism over free will.”
If you’re liking the sound of the song itself, then it might be worth treating your eyes to the visual accompaniment that is the music video for ‘Wasted Habit’. As enigmatic as it is intriguing, the clip manages to perfectly encapsulate the mood of the single, while equally serving as a contender for clip of the year.
“The video clip features me flailing and dancing around in a cat mask in a David Lynch-style room,” he explains. “My friend said it was like Ian Curtis trying to dance like Peter Garrett. I hope that’s accurate.”
Buddy Glass’ ‘Wasted Habit’ is set for release this Friday, July 3rd via Glass Half Empty Records. However, if you can’t wait that long, check out the song and its video below.