Some bands claim to be DIY, but Buke & Gase truly embody it. The experimental prog-punk duo is named for the Frankenstein instruments they use: Arone Dyer plays a tricked-out bass ukulele through an impressive array of foot pedals. Aron Sanchez plays a hybrid guitar-bass through two homemade amp speakers -- one for the bass strings, one for the guitar strings. As if that wasn't enough, both members also simultaneously bang and stomp on a kick drum or wrap their feet with shakers and a "toe-bourine." On paper, this could risk sounding like a gimmick, but the intricate riffs and bottom-heavy clanking rhythms Buke & Gase creates capture the imagination like few indie bands right now.
On the band's debut Riposte, and its brand new EP, Function Falls, Buke & Gass expertly envelops Dyer's chanting vocals with a big, souped-up mess of distortion, and fuzzy melodies that turn sharp corners into unexpected places. But this is also what makes the duo so exceptional to see live. In this NPR Music and Soundcheck co-sponsored concert -- recorded live Wednesday at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City during the week of the CMJ Music Marathon -- Buke & Gase kicked things off with the hypnotic, aggressive "Hiccup," delivering the perfect fiery jumpstart to the night's lineup.
Producers: Saidah Blount, Mito Habe-Evans, Amy Schriefer; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Christopher Farber, Christopher Parks; Hosts: Bob Boilen/NPR, John Schaefer/Soundcheck; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins