A Band Called BUFFET

“I like runic, Druidic, cave painting, ancient, preliterate, from a time back when you were speaking to the lightning god, the ice god, and the cold-rainwater god.” —Michael Heizer

It’s like burning a field in preparation for spring planting: punk. Anacortes-based BUFFET has released their first EP, and with it launched their new band into the world with a live show at the newly opened Kennelly Keys music shop in town. The turnout was impressive. The set was fast and tight, hitting all the tracks on the new EP.

Flowers From Their Garden

It was a moment of private wonder, like a short, intense walk in a concealed garden that remains locked most of the year; an evening with Mamiffer (Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner), at The Business, in Anacortes. The sheer power of their tube amps and dream-metal songs in this small space was enveloping, stopping time. If you don’t know this band, you need to. They played a few songs from “Statu Nascendi” (Sige Records, 2014), a career-defining album, which is far more lush on vinyl than as a digital download, but follow your heart. A note about my pictures: I had to shoot in almost total darkness (no flash, of course), which is why these pictures appear so grainy. But the darkness fit their music and the mood of the evening, and the challenge was good. Life isn’t always lit the way you want it to be.

Mix Masters

[This is a repost. I had to fix some problems. We all have problems.] Sur Une Plage opened for The Cave Singers at The Shakedown Tavern. A nice, if eccentric, add on. There isn’t much information about this two-piece band on the interwebs. Two dudes with a lot of gear. Looks like they play gigs around Vancouver, BC. They have a cool Bandcamp page.


The Furious Moment

My new favorite band. I went back to The Shakedown Tavern last night to check on upcoming shows and found one of the Baltic Cousins‘ set lists still on the barroom floor. Bars! You gotta love ’em. Controlled chaos. The band had these titles listed for the night:

Mark Twain Was There & He Was Crying (from “The Broken Horn“)
Bear Traps (from “The Broken Horn”)
Never Hold Your Breath (from “The Broken Horn”)
Hurricane Able (from “The Broken Horn”)
You Are Bound (from “For the Hell of Us“)
How I Look (from “For the Hell of Us”)
Holy Stones (from “For the Hell of Us”; I totally LOVE this track)
Indianapolis (from “Demo“)

Think post-punk with a lot more reach, lyrically speaking. So, here are a few more pictures from their recent show at The Shakedown. Hey, it’s my blog. I can do whatever the fuck I want.