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Saturday, 2 April 2011

The Bucky Rage

With yet another ep about to be unleashed, and another in the bag for later in the year, now is probably a good time to have a reflective going over of the last three ep's released by The Bucky Rage.
Glasgow's premium wrestling beat combo. That's who.
Otherwise knows as Glasgow's only wrestling beat combo.
Previous to listening to the CD that brings together all their releases my only experience of the band was seeing them play live a few times in clubs who mainly pander to putting on shows in basements by bands who play to members of other bands.
It's not an elitist scene, but more so a welcoming inclusive one that few people seem to know exists.
Each time I've been pretty much blown away by the noise and the ferocity of the performance.
A no holds barred attack on the garage sound of the sixties that involves much thrashing of guitar, bass, keyboard and drums overlaid with some primordial howling.
So that's what I expected their recorded output to reflect, but it doesn't.
Far from it in fact.
First off the production values are a good step ahead of the majority of their peers as is the song writing.
A refreshing change in comparison to other garage bands who consider that to sound authentic they need to record their music in the drummers bathroom on a cassette recorder that they found in their grannies attic.
Secondly it would also be fair to say that the studio Bucky Rage have a completely different personality than the live beast.
The studio offers the Dr Jekyll and the stage brings us Mr Hyde.
There's a thin line between the two and in the studio you can hear the Hyde persona wanting to break loose, but Jekyll has him restrained enough to allow the music to flow uninterrupted by his gonzo, and less disciplined and certifiably nuts, alter ego.
Over the course of the ep's there's also a fairly obvious progression where you can hear the band incorporate more and more of their influences into the sound.
This allows them to transcend the simple tag of being a a post sixties garage band that are trying to emulate their heroes from decades ago, but instead sound more a band who have moved back to the roots of the genre and then taken their own path forward.
It gives it a very cool modern vibe without getting too far away from the template of the music.
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More Bucky Rage coming soon in the form of an interview, and maybe even a wee freebie download from the guys.

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