Beautiful Noise: Brooklyn’s Buke + Gass

Buke and Gass Live at the Bell House March 12, 2010

Describing a creative act as “interesting” is often a polite way of calling it “tedious.” So very not so in the case of last night’s opening act for The National’s repeat performance at The Bell House.

Brooklyn’s Buke + Gass prick up your ears to a most unusual and exciting approach to making pop music. B+G’s Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez have literally built for themselves a Frankenstein family of musical instruments anchored by the Buke (a bass ukelele) and a Gass (a stringed instrument equal parts bass and electric guitar). Add a sizable kick-drum festooned with shakers and tambourines, zap it all hot with distortion and you’ve got more beautiful noise than the aggregate members of your favorite Canadian musical collective are capable of making.

Born of an appalachian Kate Bush with a Led Zeppelin complex, the songs on the band’s debut record +/- mine Ledbelly’s gritty blues to produce playfully psychotic little rockers that would turn PJ Harvey green with envy. The tracks buzz, growl, stomp and swagger like a bear having his way with a swarm of bees; but rest assured, beneath all the clang and clatter lie some seriously sticky treats.

Listen to “Outt!” from +/–

Then go buy the record at http://www.bukeandgass.com/

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Buke and Gass Live at the Bell House March 12, 2010

Buke and Gass Live at the Bell House March 12, 2010

Buke and Gass Live at the Bell House March 12, 2010