Artist : Buke and Gase
Booking: Nikita Lavrinenko / Paper & Iron Booking (UK & Europe)
Publicity: Jacob Daneman | Pitch Perfect
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"It doesn't happen very often that we find out about an emerging rock band that is absolutely mind blowing, both on record and live. BUKE & GASE is such a band."
-- Deli Magazine
Brooklyn-based BUKE (byook) & GASE (gace) are Arone Dyer on the "buke" (a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele) and Aron Sanchez on the "gase" (a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation). Both of them play double duty, also mobilizing a small army of foot percussion. These instruments are then filtered through various pedals, amplifiers and homemade inventions to create a surprisingly complex sound. Dyer's supermelodic vocal lines weave through the beautiful yet unwieldy musical matter, balancing light and dark, calamity and control. Their musical multi-tasking makes for live shows that are visually unexpected and sonically explosive.
In 2009, Brassland co-founders Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National (well, technically, their sister) discovered BUKE & GASE when they played Sycamore, the basement venue down the street from The National's home studio in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. They were blown away by how much noise and rhythm was emerging from this two-piece band.
Dyer and Sanchez had formerly been bandmates in the post-punk noise group Hominid who, after touring with The Fall in 2004, fell to their demise and disbanded. Sanchez went on to form Proton Proton (which opened for Deerhoof and Les Savy Fav) and Dyer took a three-year musical hiatus and became obsessed with racing her bicycle as a form of masochistic entertainment.
In 2007, pining for a new direction, the two regrouped. After much alchemizing they discovered their nascent sound while tinkering with their distinctive homemade gear: a bass drum with an integral snare drum and tambourine, ankle-played bells, toe-bourine, a cameo-ing homemade bulbul tarang and, of course, the eponymous buke and gass. For the geekly inclined: the buke and the gass both have multiple audio outputs that either go to their respective amps or are managed by various audio mixers, distortion boxes, and pitch shifters. (NOTE: no loop pedals are used, every sound is made live.)
Officially forming in 2008, BUKE & GASS self-released their debut EP +/- in late 2009. (It's now available digitally via BandCamp and as a hand-stamped limited edition CD.) Since then they've received a stready stream of attention. They were on NPR's nationally syndicated Radiolab (featured on two podcasts), New York scene rag The Deli Magazine named the group "local band of the month" and put them on their cover, and Stereogum covered them in a Quit Your Day Job piece about their interesting careers
2010 kicked off with hibernating in Sanchez's basement recording studio, Polyphonic Workshop, where they self-produced a full-length record for release on Brassland.
Buke And Gase:
Since 2008, New York.
Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez.
Instrumental inventions, due to limited size, breed compositional challenges that lead to instrumental upgrades, further influencing musical direction.
Buke: atypically small 6-string guitar.
Gase: guitar/bass hybrid.
Minimal big beats from foot-activated, low and high frequency percussion.
Musical content may consist of volatile rhythmic scenery and panoramic vocal melodies.
Discerning difficult intervals: fives and fifteens are fun!
Buke And Gase have performed festivals and stages throughout North America and Europe with: Deerhoof, Death Grips, Flying Lotus, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Tinariwen, Extra Life, Daniel Higgs, Owen Pallett, Tune Yards, Reggie Watts, The National, Mission of Burma, Talk Normal, The Ex. Festivals: All Tomorrow?s Parties, Moogfest, Big Ears, Bang On A Can, Pop Montreal, Cross-Linx, Fusion Fest and more.
This part is for the journos!
RIYL: Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Health
Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop, Experimental/Noise
Jezebel Music: Every now and again you'll hear or see a band that stops you dead in your tracks, whose music and performance elicits either a blissed-out "whoa," or an amped-up "holy shit." Buke and Gase is one such of these bands... Buke and Gase take great care of their sound, both in the delivery of their performance and tone of their unusual instrumentation. Few times does adding distortion to an acoustic instrument work, and it is even rarer that two people can produce such a thick, layered sound. Their songs feature acoustic resonance, a warm and driving heaviness and rhythmic intricacy, combining the best of various styles including the folksy grit of early blues (the same that no doubt inspired Led Zeppelin, to whom Buke and Gase bear resemblance), and progressive/experimental modern rock. Credit must be given to Arone's extraordinary vocals for the overall vivacity and color of Buke and Gase. From behind a blissful smile effortlessly leaps an explosive, high altitude voice and unforgettable, often exotic melodies. The end result is a new level of performing and songwriting that should not be missed.
The Deli Magazine: It doesn't happen very often that we find out about an emerging rock band that is absolutely mind blowing, both on record and live. Buke and Gase is such a band. This project can be described as a "two man (wall of sound) band" - although one of them is a woman - in the old fashioned meaning of musicians playing several instruments at once while walking around. B+G don't walk while performing (they actually sit) but they still manage to play a multitude of instruments at once while singing: bass, guitar, ukulele, kick drum, snare, tambourine and sleigh bells. Oh, and when we say "at once," we mean it: the players never switch instruments during the performance (to see how they do this, just go to their live shows). The resulting sound, filtered through various pedals and amplified by a stereo pair of funny looking guitar amps, is a truly unique, larger than life wall of detuned bass/guitar/ukulele patterns, counterpointed by kick/snare/tambourine and sleigh bell rhythms.