REVIEW: Bobby Meader Music – ‘Breakfast After Noon’ EP

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Artist: Bobby Meader Music
Title: Breakfast After Noon EP
Label: Antique Records
Genre: Acoustic, Punk

When we are left alone with our thoughts and an acoustic guitar, the most significant bits of our memories come crawling in and we are forced to say “hello.” In the case of Nevada-bred singer-songwriter Bobby Meader, he is greeted with a resonating “What’s the deal with all of us fucking up all the things we love?”

This is taken from “I Don’t Understand,” the introduction to his most recent four-track offering, entitled Breakfast After Noon. Injected with honest lyricism and muffled folk/punk harmonies, Meader brings forth a very short but very sweet compilation of what are seemingly evasive thoughts on a rainy day.

Not one for pedantry, Meader writes of love and loss in “Patti Mayonnaise” as he makes use of explicit narrations and sluggish percussion. Lines like “Down to my last dollar for the week / I miss your voice when we used to speak” remain in your head as you’re brought to his next sentiment.

Picking up a ukulele and scribbling notes re: self deprecation, “Cutthroat” is a true standout gem as sprightly-lit melodies sprinkle onto Breakfast After Noon’s initial watered-down vibe. Although still very much intact with the EP’s lazy-day aesthetic, the song separates itself from the rest and takes us into a different alley. I personally was waiting for some whistling to occur, but despite the semi-smug we’ve managed to throw on, I guess we’re still not that stoked on the day ahead. “Inside my mind is a constant war, and I don’t wanna be an asshole anymore.”

Jumping right back into where we started is closing track “Six Weeks This June,” where Meader comes to grips with whatever awaits him as soon as he is able to pick himself up. Tying the EP full circle is a blissful harmonica outro that could wash away all the bitterness that was ever said.

In an attempt to offer more perspective by way of metaphor, each individual piece of Breakfast After Noon could be viewed as stages of our mind before we fully embrace the fact that more happiness and lethargy and everything else in between inevitably lie ahead.

It’s something we can all genuinely identify with.

SCORE: 7.8/10
Review written by Dana Reandelar

Breakfast After Noon can be purchased on 7-inch vinyl through Antique Records.

Dana Reandelar

If not hunched over her desk writing about music, Dana can be found binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or condensing long rants to 140 characters. She also writes for Idobi Radio, and is an Off The Record podcast contributor.
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