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.