Buke and Gase / Palm / Oshwa
Monday, Oct 06, 2014 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
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, mobilizing a small army of foot percussion while filtering their instruments 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. Both of their dynamic, boundary-pushing albums have been released on THE NATIONAL's Dessner brothers' label, Brassland, and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, The New York Times, Stereogum, and more. Brooklyn four-piece, PALM, are traveling with BUKE & GASE which is super fortunate for us because it means we get to witness their SONIC YOUTH meets STEREOLAB combination of scuzz and mellowness. Aggressive guitars and drums that always manage to stay behind the music rather than running away from it or falling apart. Opening the show tonight is Chicago's own OSHWA, the brainchild of songwriters ALICIA WALTER and MICHAEL MAC. Intricate guitar licks snuggle up next to WALTER's fearless vocal melodies and their complex rhythm section provides a mountainous backdrop. These kids make some real weird, screamy and trippy unhinged rock that’s surprisingly soulful in all its bizarre glory.