Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Buzz Rodeo - Sports
Label: self released
Two items to tackle before we can dive into this posting in earnest.
1. Buzz Rodeo is a rough name, it sounds entirely too much like some also-ran C Level 90's alternative band struggling to play a local stop on the 1996 Lollapalooza Tour (well after that tour's expiration date). I hate to get stuck on that, but I am. Sorry.
2. This is not a track by track cover of the Huey Lewis and the News album 'Sports', which I suppose is a good thing, although...no...it's a good thing.
Ok, with that out of the way, let's get into the music.
Start with 'Umber' era Bitch Magnet, then work in a less mathy version of Trumans Water, a less bass-y and staccato version of Shellac, some Six Finger Satellite, and give it a bit of that Midwest Big'n drive. It comes out very "nineties", but as a compliment, in so much as the nineties put a fine point on what post-hardcore music sounds like, with it's noise rock and math rock and indie rock, and rock rock and all that. Buzz Rodeo is a throw back for sure, but they've thrown back to a particular sweet spot in contemporary music, so I'm not complaining.
Very well played, very well balanced, and very enjoyable all the way around. Highly recommended.