Because Songs Matter


The Builders and The Butchers are my current band crush and it’s all thanks to Reverend Marcus from Strawfoot. He’d managed to catch them with Those Darlins up in St. Louis and was moved enough to email me, suggesting that I should check them out. I couldn’t thank him enough for thinking of me, and anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that to be the truth.

The Builders and The Butchers are five Alaskans seeking refuge in Portland who have created an amalgam of gospel, country, folk, blues, clangs, bangs, choruses and noise. The music and songwriting features “Southern gothic”-based themes, such as death, war, disease, gods and devils, that immediately brings comparisons of a slightly more melodic version of O’Death to mind. Their bio claims they “don’t pay homage to old America, they channel it through desperate story-songs that latch onto your brain and demand immediate attention.” That pretty much sums them up.

If all that isn’t enough to make you wanna buy this cd, then lemme add an ‘it’s Essential Listening‘ accolade on top of everything. Not to mention it’s one of my favorite cds of the year so far. Check it out and hear for yourself.

The Builders and The Butchers - Raise Up Your Weary Hands     

The Builders and The Butchers - Down In The Hole     

The Builders and The Butchers - In The Branches     

The Builders and The Butchers’ Official Site, The Builders and The Butchers on myspace, Buy Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well


  1. Haink Haink
    August 12, 2009    

    Love the new album. Its been on repeat on my ipod for over a week now. However, I have to say i prefer their first album. It just has a little more edge to it. If you haven’t heard it you should definitely check it out, its a Self Titled album.

    Also, appreciate the write ups, I found some new great music from this site.

  2. August 12, 2009    

    I do have the self-titled but I gotta admit. I have not had a chance to give it a listen.

    I remedy that….right now.

  3. Brandon Brandon
    August 12, 2009    

    Whew…got caught off guard by this one. Something about the leads voice is just sick for some reason. Fantastic add to the Essential Listening and my collection.

  4. August 13, 2009    

    “Branches” makes me wanna kick someone in the teeth while robbing a liquor store

  5. August 19, 2009    

    I know I’m late to the comment party on this one, sorry, but I’m so glad to see you also hearing O’death in this. It’s so beautiful that B&B carry a bit of that crazed folk/punk sound in almost a different direction. I would have never predicted that in a band, not ever.

    This album has so many good tracks; my head goes all over the place listening to it. Thanks for the great review, now we just gotta get a chance to see em! xoxo

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