Clarifies Paste Magazine: «… raw and unschooled, with Ryan Sollee in particular throwing off a maniacally ecclesiastical sort of energy … dark, sparkling Leadbelly-like terrain covered by death fixated epics». Yep, ecclesiastically death fixated, there you have it all of you and especially those of you with your own personal death wish. For their dark off-the-cuff sound the band counts mainly on fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and vocals to create a trance-inducing swarm of songs grounded by lost souls-at-the-bottom-of-the-deep-sea deep lyrics.
«White-knuckle Americana» is what Stephen Thompson at NPR calls their newest album «Sparks», featuring the single «Casket Lands» which pictures a dead crow with legs up in the air in an apocalyptic Cormac McCarthy landscape. The disc was released just one week ago, May 19 by Badman Recording Co. The album took 16 months to complete including rehearsals because the members of the band are currently spread out all across the country and one of them lives «internationally». Originally from Alaska, The Builders and The Butchers feature songwriter Ryan Sollee (vocals, guitar), Ray Rude (drums, piano, bu vocals, clarinet, percussion), Harvey Tumbleson (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals, percussion), Justin Baier (drums, bu vocals, percussion) and Willie Kunkel (bass, guitar, vocals, percussion) and the group was born playing the streets of Portland, Oregon together. They’ve been compared to their brothers from cross town, The Decembrists but they’re are stylistically very different with their voyage through emphasized raw and desolate territory.
No doubt, the tide will carry you to sea one day or else the pale rider’s waiting in the desert. But presumably you’re still alive and kicking and doing way better than the guy above you hanging from the ceiling.