Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Reviews:: The Buttless Chaps CBC Radio 3 Sessions

Ten years is a long time to do anything. Seriously. The Buttless Chaps have been making music for ten years and I have to say that if you haven't started selling out stadiums, staying true to a vision for a decade is a testament to your dedication. Luckily for us, this Vancouver outfit continues to troop on and is even supposed to be releasing a new record this Fall.

But that is then, this is now. Today marks the release of the first ever digital only release on Mint records. That's right, you can finally get your hands on the mp3s from the The CBC Radio 3 Sessions. I've always felt like the band never got a fair shake, probably due in part to their name. You'd never expect the folky jangle they play to be attached to the moniker, but hopefully this extra boost of attention might help. This CBC session showcases the band's talent; seven power-packed songs, including a nice Echo & The Bunnymen cover. One listen and you'll see why this record really deserves a spot on your Ipod.

The set includes a lot of material form their latest record - Caboose, The Poacher and Migratory Birds) - but also dives deep into my favorite record (Death Scenes I II III) with a terrific version of Malone. From the lush, autumn sounds (Peggy Lee's cello really compliments the piano and banjo nicely), haunting squeaks and dramatic build of Babbles to the interesting mix of violin and synths on the upbeat Fresh Horses (any song that has a Molly Ringwald reference is a-ok with me), the sounds really capture everything that is a Buttless Chaps show.

This Friday, they are celebrating the decade of music with a special show at the Biltmore Cabaret with The Fits and The Parlour Steps. It fixes to be an amazing night, with rumors of surprise guests and amazing orchestral folk music. I've heard that one of the candidates for Mayor is even going to join them on stage to play some tuba. Nic and I will be there with bells on, but sadly, no chaps.

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