Having scalded listeners’ ears with sonic lava on Budos I and stung them with venomous frequencies on Budos II, The Budos Band delivers on their promise to spread the epidemic of “Budos Fever” far and wide with the release of The Budos Band III. The cobra is poised to strike if anyone dares challenge The Budos on their quest. And, if there was ever any question whether the brotherhood of The Budos is instrumental afro-soul royalty, the Chateau de Budos that graces the back cover of The Budos Band III assures all that the group is strong – unstoppable even – and will use all of nature’s power to ascend to their rightful throne.
“Heading into the studio for Budos III, I really thought we were going to make the first psychedelic, doom-rock record ever recorded at Daptone,” recounts longtime Budos de facto frontman and baritone saxophonist, Jared Tankel, “but somehow it ended up sounding like a Budos record.” Recorded at the now infamous Daptone “House of Soul Studios” by the world-renowned production team of Bosco Mann and TNT, Budos III was tracked to analog tape and recorded live over the course of an intensely productive 48 hour period, much like its predecessors. The songs that emerged are unmistakably the type of tough sonic nuggets that have long earned The Budos Band the title, “the quintessence of Staten Island soul.” Replete with tight rhythms, blistering breakbeats, blaring horns and, yes, perhaps even a tinge of psychedelic doom-rock, Budos III promises to bring some added heat upon its release this summer from Daptone Records.
Composed, arranged and honed during weekly, beer-fueled Staten Island writing sessions – as well as more than 150 live gigs over the last two years – the band’s third full-length studio effort evinces the tight-knit and creative bond The Budos have come to share since the ten-piece ensemble’s inception in 2003. “The Budos have become more of a brotherhood,” explains bassist Dan Foder. “Egos suck, that’s why bands don’t last more than two records. Musically, we understand each other better now than when we were younger. That’s why this is our best record. We're all on point – our playing and creativity are at a higher level - and we understand what The Budos Band means to all of us: family and friendship.”
The strength of the group’s bond and its music has allowed The Budos Band to accomplish feats rarely attained by instrumental groups. With collective sales of over 30,000 albums and tours that have spanned the US, Canada, and Europe, playing rock clubs and large festival stages, The Budos have developed a rabid fan base that spans genres and ages. At any given Budos show, one might see b-boys break dancing to the band’s funk and hip-hop beats; record junkies nodding their heads to the soul-infused melodies; metal heads thrashing to the dark and ominous guitar and bass riffs; and general music lovers who eagerly attend Budos shows and smile approvingly at the melting pot of music that takes place. Simply put, The Budos kill the live show and with each record, their ability to put the energy, sweat, and passion of the live experience to wax increases.
The sound of The Budos may be challenging for some to describe, but to the band, “Staten Island instrumental afro-soul” means internalizing such seemingly disparate influences as the Cairo Jazz Band, J.C. Davis, Mulatu Astatke, and Black Sabbath and coming together to form a mind-bending combination of rhythm and melody. The unique and signature sound of The Budos has become a favorite for music supervisors to use in TV, film and video games, as well as producers who have sampled The Budos on numerous hip-hop tracks.
The live shows, the long hot nights in the rehearsal studio, the diverse listening diets of the members – all of it – comes together to make The Budos Band III the most vicious Budos release yet. “We wrote a lot of this album together,” says trumpeter Andrew Greene, whose tune, “Black Venom” was named after two of his favorite bands--Black Sabbath and Venom. “There was a lot more collaboration as people would come regularly with ideas, even the percussion guys. We all had a say. Unlike our earlier albums, we weren’t trying to be Ethio-, or funk, or soul, we were just trying to be The Budos.” Guitarist Thomas Brenneck--who breathes psychedelic fire into “Reppirt Yad,” the album’s lone cover song--agrees. “We weren’t looking to explicit outside influences for inspiration as we were on previous records. For this album, we were looking more within The Budos.” And to help distill that unique Budos inner-essence, it didn’t hurt to have the ever-present ear of Daptone’s world-renowned Bosco Mann tweaking knobs and manipulating faders behind the engineer’s console. “With Bosco in the studio, doing what he does, the sky isn’t the limit,” says Tankel, “there simply is no sky.”
In an age of fleeting success and temporary notions, Chris Pureka is an artist of substance, armed with an eye for detail and an emotional intelligence that can switch from withering to compelling with a subtle inflection. Her third studio album, How I Learned To See In the Dark, adds bold new elements to the base she has built over her six-year career. From non-traditional percussion, to lyrical abstraction, to a new unrestrained vocal quality, to Pureka’s choice of co-producer (longtime friend Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YaRds), this record signals an exploration of broader musical soundscapes.
While maintaining the unique alchemy of longing, loss and hope Pureka sets to music, there is a sonic adventurism on How I Learned to See in the Dark that marks a new stage in Pureka’s musical evolution. Even from the first notes of the album’s opening track, “Wrecking Ball”, longtime fans and the newly converted will sense that How I Learned To See In The Dark is a bigger album, deeper and more vast than anything she’s released to date. “I wanted it to feel different right away,” Pureka explains. “And ‘Wrecking Ball’ exemplifies many of the elements that are different from the last record.” That difference is a newfound edginess, coupled with a more abstract sound: there is a musical depth and complexity that shines through each track, all the while maintaining the space and creative instrumentation Pureka is known for. Standout track, “Landlocked”, showcases Pureka’s technical prowess with the finger-picking style that won her so many accolades on Dryland while “Broken Clock” is the rhythm driven, heavy hitter bound to be on your next break up mix. “Wrecking Ball” mixes a playful quirkiness in production with an underlying paced anger, laced with twangs of percussive guitar. Finally, album closer, “August 28th” is the deep breath following the emotional tumult that precedes it – a return to quiet contemplation for the writer and the listener: “I think the whole world needs a shoeshine/I think we’re all living proof.”
Americana Pie II Presents:
"Paleface's Ramseur Records Release Party" with performances by Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, Paleface, Two Man Gentlemen Band, Pokey LaFarge, and The Hot Seats!
Doors 7pmORDER TICKETS HERE!PALEFACE (10:30pm): A high-energy, indie-folk duo featuring Paleface himself and darling drummer Monica 'Mo' Samalot. They are celebrating the release of their Ramseur Records follow-up One Big Party, a fun, cheerful romp, written by Paleface and produced in Piermont NY by Paul “Ena” Kostabi (Cults, The Willowz). The record takes an upbeat look at everything from moving forward after the end of a relationship to being stuck listening to classic rock songs on the van radio and not letting that bring him down. In his unique light-hearted but direct way, Paleface reminds us that we’ll be about as happy as we make our minds up to be. He says the album’s buoyant attitude is a reflection of the vibe that he tends to create when playing live.
Paleface was schooled by friend Daniel Johnston and soon discovered by Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5) at an NYC Antifolk open mic in 1990. He has since influenced a wide range of artists including Grammy Award recipient Beck. "We used to go to all the open mikes together. He taught me Daniel Johnston songs on the sidewalk and let me sleep on his couch. He was a great songwriter, a generous friend, and a big influence on my early stuff'" -says Beck of Paleface in Annie Leibovitz's book "American Music". Paleface has over a dozen full length releases under his belt including two major label releases (Sire, Polydor). His songwriting, vocals, and/or instrumentation have also been featured on three of The Avett Brothers records.
"Paleface is one of the antifolk scene’s best-loved products" Time Out New York
“Top 10 SXSW live performance of 2010” Denver Post
“A neo-folk icon” The Flagpole, Athens GA
*PALEFACE’s One Big Party is available for PRE-ORDER NOW! Different level packages include bonus track for download, signed tour posters, original paintings by Paleface and more!
More info: http://palefaceonline.comCHRIS CUBETA AND THE LIARS CLUB (11:30pm): A brash, Americana rock band from Brooklyn whose sound combines the wispy, sensitivity of the charismatic singer/songwriter with the unbridled thrill of rock and roll. The band has recently played packed shows at The Mercury Lounge, The Living Room and the nationally-renowned Bowery Ballroom. “a sturdy, passionate, local roots-rock quartet.” Time Out New York
More info: http://chriscubeta.comTWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND (9:30pm): Hot, raucous, retro, vaudevillian swing from New York City. Fast-fingered, road-tested, and hilarious. “They’ve got charisma, energy, and kazoos, and they definitely have fun up there, with compositions that are little bit dorky and a little bit dirty.” – AM New York
More info: http://thetwogentlemen.comPOKEY LAFARGE (8:30pm): Riverboat Soul from St. Louis, MO. Spin Magazine's "Best Discovery" at this year's Newport Folk Festival.
More info: http://pokeylafarge.netTHE HOT SEATS (7:30pm): Original string-band music from Richmond, VA blending the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll. “Full of virtuosity and reverent irreverence, they are a sight to behold.” Relix Magazine, August 2006
More info: http://thehotseats.net