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12/23 Julian Never, Eugene and Buk Buk Bigups @ The Press Club
December 23, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Julian Never / Eugene / Buk Buk Bigups
[Sacramento, mem. of Mayyors, Fine Steps, Male Gaze]
>> Recording project of long-time Sacramento CA underground players Julian Elorduy and Mark Kaiser, both of noise-punk legends Mayyors. A melting pot of influences ranging from 80s U.K. D.I.Y. & post-punk to 70s and 80s American power-pop collide to form a punchy, layered web of sound anchored by Elorduy’s (also formerly of Fine Steps) dreamy tenor and Kaiser’s (also formerly of Male Gaze, on Castleface Records) rich, stereo bass guitar. Live band includes other Sacramento stalwarts, and has recently popped up to play shows with Warm Drag, L.A. Witch, Dan Melchior and more. LP and more to come in 2020.
>> Brand new rippers from members of the Ex-Rippers. Noise drenched pop from Sacramento.
Buk Buk Bigups
>> “Yeah! This is theeeee SHIT! Wonky, druggy new-wave disco funk. Gimme gimme gimme. This S/T effort is decidedly spilling with odd flavas. A wired, itchy, possessed motorik workout with some proper groovy old organ and tripped out guitar licks all over the shop – this is what a hybrid of Stranger Son of WB, LCD Soundsystem, an almost comatose Don Van Vliet & Roy Ayers would churn out. That surely sounds like the best night out you could ever have huh? On the flip I quickly come to realise that “Nee-Naw” guitar noises are always way cool, especially when married with PIL-on-Mogadon basslines, odd cosmic analogue effects, a phutting drum machine and what appears to be the trashed-out ghost of Andrew Eldritch sleazing away on vocal duties. This double header is totally fabulous!!” – Norman Records
” Buk Buk Bigups was created as an avenue for Sacramento-based musician Aaron Zeff to explore the outer parameters of popular and experimental music. Influenced by industrial tones, Krautrock rhythms and disco humor, Zeff takes the forgotten sounds of 1999 pre-Brooklyn Sacramento and reinvigorates the disco-notdisco formula with some guitar freakazoid dead-pan party anthems and fried mutant bedroom funk. The A-side, ‘Hot Mess’, gives a nod to a DFA-style production through chopped high-end riddim, but with a classic vibe: Manzanera’s Primitive Guitar-era axe soaring solos, Roger Troutman’s blunted affected vocals, and unconscious Dirty Mind cat-calls. ‘Endless Itch’, the B-side, is a lurching oxycotin-laced slow burner not straying too far from a funkier version of Factums or a subdued Gary War, but channeling Bay Area legends Tuxedomoon. We’ve already coined the default genre descriptor for your blog: ‘plastic brown-eye soul’ or, if you like, ‘valley downer funk.’ – Forced Exposure