Jun 30 2009

Buxton – Feathers / Flint 7″

Category: H-Town Rock,Music In My Earsdryvetyme @ 07:00
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Buxton - Feathers / Flint 7"

Bux­ton
Feath­ers /​Flint 7
Self-​Released; 2009

Guest Con­trib­u­tor: Michael Dal­las Miller

It’s hard to say why the two songs on Buxton’s recent 7” release were not included on their other two full-​length records. Maybe they were born in a flurry of cre­ativ­ity after other record­ings were final­ized. Per­haps they have been float­ing around since before the band put out any­thing, but have just never found a home. But, no mat­ter what vinyl, dig­i­tal, EP, LP, or sin­gle for­mat they do or don’t belong in, these songs are good. Damn good.

Side one con­sists of one song, called “Feath­ers.” Romp­ing drums and screech­ing horns give way to insis­tent piano chords and a dance-​a-​billy gui­tar lick – which works like the last piece of tape used in wrap­ping a won­der­ful West­ern Christ­mas gift of a tune. Ser­gio Trevino’s sleepy vocals have depth and intrigue as he sings, “There are feath­ers, in our let­ters,” and the song moves from gen­tle six-​string plucks to bat­tle drums and unfor­giv­ing gui­tar strikes, before end­ing with one final punch of Texas rock and f@#%ing roll.

Buxton 7" Back

Buxton’s musi­cal is regional — with­out my small bit of research, I would have either guessed these dudes were a Texas band, or an LA band made up of guys who grew up in Texas — but are not hokey or cute. Flip­ping to side two, you hear instantly a clas­sic honky-​tonk gui­tar and shuf­fle beat in “Flint.” Hear­ing this, you might think this is just a hip­ster rip-​off of good old-​timey tunes from the golden age of country-​western tunes. Sure, Bux­ton uses an old form, but this small dose of dit­ties is not pure and sim­ple imi­ta­tion. “Flint” uses ghostly Mod­est Mouse har­monies, Neu­tral Milk horn play, and tee­ter­ing 21st cen­tury rock tex­tures to give their songs more than just good hooks and bet­ter melodies. Bux­ton is a new band for me, but I’ll be com­ing back to this sin­gle often. In 11 min­utes and 44 sec­onds, I’ve become a Bux­to­na­tor, a Bux­ton­head, a Bux­tucks, or what­ever you want to call a music fan that digs on Buxton.


Michael Dal­las Miller lives and works in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. He spends most of his time writ­ing for var­i­ous online and print mag­a­zines, work­ing at the Pike Place Mar­ket in an oil and vine­gar shop, going to the many shows avail­able in town, play­ing bas­ket­ball, train­ing for his first marathon, and try­ing to find the best Pad Thai in Seat­tle (the best omelet search ended two years ago at Katina’s Kitchen in Mag­no­lia). His work has appeared in Sound NW Mag­a­zine (both print and online edi­tions), Geez Mag­a­zine, and <a href=“http://www.burnsidewriterscollective.com target=“_blank”>Burnside Writer’s Collective, as well as one poem in The Lin­gua Jour­nal.

Buxton
Feathers / Flint 7”
Self-Released; 2009

Guest Contributor: Michael Dallas Miller

It’s hard to say why the two songs on Buxton’s recent 7” release were not included on their other two full-length records. Maybe they were born in a flurry of creativity after other recordings were finalized. Perhaps they have been floating around since before the band put out anything, but have just never found a home. But, no matter what vinyl, digital, EP, LP, or single format they do or don’t belong in, these songs are good. Damn good.

Side one consists of one song, called “Feathers.” Romping drums and screeching horns give way to insistent piano chords and a dance-a-billy guitar lick–which works like the last piece of tape used in wrapping a wonderful Western Christmas gift of a tune. Sergio Trevino’s sleepy vocals have depth and intrigue as he sings, “There are feathers, in our letters,” and the song moves from gentle six-string plucks to battle drums and unforgiving guitar strikes, before ending with one final punch of Texas rock and f@#%ing roll.

Buxton 7" Back

Buxton’s musical is regional—without my small bit of research, I would have either guessed these dudes were a Texas band, or an LA band made up of guys who grew up in Texas—but are not hokey or cute. Flipping to side two, you hear instantly a classic honky-tonk guitar and shuffle beat in “Flint.” Hearing this, you might think this is just a hipster rip-off of good old-timey tunes from the golden age of country-western tunes. Sure, Buxton uses an old form, but this small dose of ditties is not pure and simple imitation. “Flint” uses ghostly Modest Mouse harmonies, Neutral Milk horn play, and teetering 21st century rock textures to give their songs more than just good hooks and better melodies. Buxton is a new band for me, but I’ll be coming back to this single often. In 11 minutes and 44 seconds, I’ve become a Buxtonator, a Buxtonhead, a Buxtucks, or whatever you want to call a music fan that digs on Buxton.


Michael Dallas Miller lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He spends most of his time writing for various online and print magazines, working at the Pike Place Market in an oil and vinegar shop, going to the many shows available in town, playing basketball, training for his first marathon, and trying to find the best Pad Thai in Seattle (the best omelet search ended two years ago at Katina’s Kitchen in Magnolia). His work has appeared in Sound NW Magazine (both print and online editions), Geez Magazine, and Burnside Writer’s Collective, as well as one poem in The Lingua Journal.

8 Responses to “Buxton – Feathers / Flint 7″

  1. Marc Brubaker says:

    Sweetness! Love the review, Michael. I cannot wait for the release show on July 11th at Mango’s.

  2. Dan Joyce says:

    Great review, Michael! Can’t wait to get my hands on this vinyl. I hear the yellow vinyl is pretty sick looking!

  3. Shelly says:

    Good stuff!

  4. Ramiro Sanchez says:

    I hope its better than there last two albums! Those guys have potential, but that awful voice!!! Not to mention the shitty guitar. But I heard them play live and it was actually better…. good luck, sorry for being so blunt.

  5. dryvetyme says:

    Thanks for the comments and contributions everyone (as well as your stellar review, MDM)!

    Ramiro – I’m not sure what voice & guitar you’re hearing when you listen to a Buxton record, but the instrumentation present on these tunes is of a very high quality. I personally considered “A Family Light” one of my favorite records of 2008.

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  6. Pedro says:

    Good Stuff! I gotta go pick a copy up. Thanks for the review.

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