MP3 The Buttercream Gang - Drumalley
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10 MP3 Songs in this album (48:22) !
Related styles: METAL/PUNK: Post-Punk, WORLD: Afro-Beat
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The Buttercream Gang are an indie/post-punk/afro-beat band from San Francisco and Napa CA. Half of the Buttercream sound relies on edgy guitar driven punk/post-punk. Think bands like the Clash, Gang of Four and even the Talking Heads. Frenetic, fast and offbeat (not literally of course) indie-dance-punk. Songs like The Birthday Party and Breakdown exemplify this side of the band. The other half comes from such inter-continental influences as latin, dub and especially the rhythm and feel of Fela Kutiâs afro-beat music. Like afro-beat, the Buttercream Gangs rhythm section can be fast, and intensely dancy, but with curtains of fuzzed-up guitar and wailing vocals. The Buttercream Gangs sound combines elements of each of the band memberâs own eclectic tastes and musical personality. Guitarist Bobby Renz takes after guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa and laces the rhythm section with hugely overdriven, fuzzy, vintage-type tones and a reckless playing style that also bring to mind the more recent work of Dungen. Bassist/keyboardist/singer Peter Davies lays down simple, monolithic afro and dub style bass lines while either crooning softly, or frantically crying out lines like âtelevision, sweet television, lets run away, as far as your cable reaches!â drummer Robinson Kuntz combines the power and depth of drummers like John Bonham of Led Zeppelin with the elegance and style of Tony Allen (Fela Kuti and the Africa â70). The band use these different stylistic tendencies to create unique textures within the umbrella of what people call âindie-rockâ. But they are not just an âindie-rock bandâ. The band started playing together under the name the Guerilla Quartet in Napa CA, where they quickly became dissatisfied with the local music scene and its lack of venues. (they played their first shows for their friends in the drummerâs house). The gang saw the vacuum left by the lack of excitement in Napa and decided to organize and stage their own local concert in one of their friendâs barn. The show was aptly titled âBarnstockâ and was followed by âBarnstock 2â and the highly successful âBarnstock 3: Vinestockâ. The next show âBarnstock 4: A New Hopeâ is slated for summer â07. In 2005, under their new name âthe Buttercream Gangâ (the buttercream gang is in reference to an educational film about a group of adolescents who do good deeds in their hometown and call themselves âthe buttercream gangâ) they opened for American Hi-Fi at the blast of â05 held at memorial stadium in Napa. Later they played a Halloween benefit concert for hurricane Katrina victims at the Napa moose lodge. In 2006 the buttercream gang wrote and co-produced their first full length LP with Sam Pura at his studio in Oakland CA. The lp, titled tv land, exemplifies the kind of high-energy performances that the buttercream gang has become known for in their live sets around the bay area. They have since played around the bay at sweet lou's, el rincon, and multiple show's at blake's among others.
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