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THE BUDOS BAND CONJURE EVIL SPIRITS ON 'BURNT OFFERING' OUT OCTOBER 21 ON DAPTONE RECORDS'
Previewing Album On July Tour Now
'Burnt Offering,' the new album from The Budos Band, is a wild, booze-fueled ride of hazy riffs, take-no-prisoners horn lines and relentless percussion
that summons the occult - an evolved sound for this mighty 10-piece band sparked by their love of Black Sabbath and Pentagram. 'Burnt Offering,' The
Budos Band's first album in four years, will be released October 21 on Daptone Records. Says Pitchfork of The Budos Band: "So tight and in tune that
they've basically become this telepathically-communicating instrumental hydra that ambushes you into moving your body on its terms."
They are on a July tour now and have a hometown record release show at The Wick in Brooklyn set for October 25.
'Burnt Offering' was recorded live in the studio, engineered and produced by Tom Brenneck, a founding member and guitarist in The Budos Band who runs
Dunham Records and Studios and has worked with Cee-lo Green, The Black Lips and more. It was written at the band's longtime Staten Island studio,
where they've gathered for weekly rehearsals for over fifteen years. The haunting album cover was created by drummer Brian Profilio, a NYC public
school art teacher.
The new album is dripping with the psychedelic sounds of early heavy metal fused with the tight-knit propulsion of Fela Kuti. "The Sticks" kicks off
with a snarling riff seamlessly doubled on bass and guitar and unfurls into sludgy breakdowns and searing guitars. The title track was recorded with
a Binson Echorec, a classic tape machine used by Pink Floyd / Syd Barrett.
The Budos Band has brought their loud, rowdy parties to venues and festivals across the globe, and their music has been featured everywhere from skate
videos to video games (MLB The Show), TV (Entourage), and film (New York, I Love You).
1. Into the Fog
2. The Sticks
4. Shattered Winds
5. Black Hills
6. Burnt Offering
7. Trail Of Tears
8. Magus Mountain
10. Turn and Burn
7/9/14 - Omaha, Nebraska - The Waiting Room
7/10/14 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - Fine Line
7/11/14 - Madison, Wisconsin - Majestic Theatre
7/12/14 - Chicago, Illinois - Metro
7/24/14 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Twilight Concert Series
7/25/14 - Portland, Oregon - Wonder Ballroom
7/26/14 - Seattle, Washington - Capitol Hill Block Party
7/27/14 - Victoria, BC, Canada - Phillips backyard Weekender / Weekend Afterparty @ 9one9
7/30/14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
7/31/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
8/1/14 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
8/2/14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
10/25/14 - Brooklyn, NY - The Wick (record release party)
Twitter - @budosband
Instagram - @budosband
THE BUDOS BAND BIOGRAPHY
THE BUDOS BAND
When it came time to title their new album, one decision was easy: “This isn’t The Budos Band IV,” proclaims drummer Brian Profilio. “This isn’t just more
of the same.” The Budos Band embarked on an experimental journey since the release of The Budos Band III in 2010, seeking inspiration from sources
far and wide.
While wizards use books of spells and alchemy to mix their masterful potions, the Budos employ heavy doses of continent-spanning psychedelic rock to beckon
the occult and conjure the supernatural. Hence the title of the band’s fourth album: Burnt Offering.
"We made a conscious decision to embark on a new sound," explains baritone saxophone player Jared Tankel. The heavy, trippy side the group unveiled on The Budos Band III reaches full flower on new tunes like "Aphasia," "Trouble in the Sticks" and particularly the title track “Burnt Offering.” “We
were messing around with an old Binson Echorec at practice one night and this loop emerged,” recalls bassist Dan Foder. The droning fuzz guitar is a call
to the gods from below and encapsulates the band’s sonic progression perfectly. "This record is fuzzy, buzzy and raw, and more obviously psychedelic," adds
Like a cratedigger's classic from a parallel universe, "Tomahawk" melds heavy, distorted guitar riffs with bright blasts of brass and bubbling drums. An
eerie, ceremonial vibe awakens the slumbering giant "Into The Fog" and prods it to life.
Driven by melodies, rhythms, and changes that animate muscle and bone to move, yet compel the ear to lean in closer, these full-bodied instrumentals push
Budos' music deeper into new territory.
All lingering traces of touchstones of yore—be they Fela Kuti, Dyke and the Blazers, or Black Sabbath—have been wholly absorbed and filtered through the
Budos Band's ever-evolving aesthetic. "We sound nothing like our first record anymore," confirms Profilio. Anyone content to just slap the old "Staten
Island Afro-soul" tag on Burnt Offering and move on clearly didn't listen to the music first.
The group composed more than two dozen songs in the course of making Burnt Offering, yet only recorded fifteen, further distilling its essence to
ten classic cuts for the full-length release. If a new tune failed to capture the rambunctious energy of their live show, if it revised familiar territory
or obvious influences, it got cut. Budos was determined to break new ground. "If any band says that's easy to do, they're fooling themselves—and not
writing good enough songs," insists Brenneck.
In order to reach the apex of the mountain, the band had to come together like never before. Always a brotherhood, the time spent writing and recording Burnt Offerings saw changes that many bands would have run from, but for the Budos presented opportunities to hone their craft. "Making this
record reaffirmed that we work together really well," says Profilio.
breaks from Budos' earlier records in another significant regard: this is their first album without an outside producer. "We had arrived at a different
place sonically and needed see it through completely ourselves," says Tankel. They still praise Daptone mastermind Gabriel Roth, who worked alongside
Brenneck co-producing their first three records, but parting ways at this juncture made sense.
"We know exactly where we're at," says Profilio. "We didn't want to have to explain ourselves if we were in pursuit of a specific sound or vibe."
"We made the demo that got us picked up by Daptone in my parents’ basement when I was eighteen years old," Brenneck recalls. "This album is a continuation
of that, fifteen years later … with a lot more records under our belts."
After all that time, Budos has become more than a band—it's a brotherhood. "This is a real family band," says Brenneck. "Guys who've been making music for
a long time, and friendships that run completely parallel to the music." They still rehearse religiously almost every week, even if some of those
rehearsals encompass just as much drinking, socializing, and listening to music as actual practice.
That camaraderie doesn't evaporate when they put their instruments down. On tour, they hit a brewery or pub for lunch en masse before sound check
whenever possible, and like to stir up trouble. There are dust-ups and reconciliations. All that kinship comes to a head when they hit the stage. “We’ve
seen some things out there that most bands don’t get a glimpse of these days,” suggests Tankel. “All of that craziness just brings us closer together. We
couldn’t shake each other if we tried.”
And capturing the intensity of Budos' electrifying shows on wax, making the grooves vibrate with excitement, was one of the biggest challenges of Burnt Offering. "We record live to tape, with minimal effects," Brenneck says. Nowhere to hide, then. The band insisted that each song push the
envelope. No room for filler.
The Budos have traveled far and wide—playing across four continents—since the band’s inception. A lifetime of world tours and weekly rehearsals went into
the making of Burnt Offering, and the journey is far from over. As long as there are new audiences to thrill and sonic frontiers to explore,
they'll forge ahead. "We haven't fulfilled our mission," concludes Profilio. "We're still very hungry."
Credit: Justin Borucki
The Budos Band "The Sticks"
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