Buke and Gase

Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:

Buke and Gase

Ports of Spain

Wed, March 27, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Space Ballroom (Front Room).

Hamden, CT

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

Buke and Gase
Buke and Gase
Buke and Gase members Aron Sanchez (him) and Arone Dyer (her) are back with their first album in six year, Scholars. In that gap, the duo have become established underground icons—collaborating with or acting as hand-picked support for fellow icons like Shellac, Battles, Reggie Watts, Animal Collective, Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson. Arone even contributed vocals to the lead single from The National’s Grammy-winning, Triple A #1 charting Sleep Well Beast album.

Three years ago, the duo embraced electronic music and embarked on a major refinement & modernization of their instrumental creations. They developed Arx, a device that revolutionized their performance by allowing them to trigger percussive sounds, change effects on their instruments, and control vocal harmonies with the punch of an arcade button. They have largely retired the buke (bass ukulele) and gass (guitar-bass). Their new album Scholars began not as the title of their new record, but a possible-new moniker for the band.

The new LP is still experimental music but it embraces electronic sound and is more emotional & concise than previous efforts—and equally full of grooves & earworms. Pitchfork writes "The production here snaps with the clarity and force of stadium-sized headbangers.. With an eye toward the innovations of contemporaries working in similar modes, Scholars exists on its own proud terms—suggesting the authority of a peer-reviewed entry to the canon." NPR Music sums up the group by saying "No other bands sound quite like the duo of Buke & Gase..."
Ports of Spain
From the back of the bar, Ports of Spain instantly scan as a full band, so it's a shock to discover their mathy shoegaze-pop is constructed by just two musicians . Ilya Gitelman uses octave pedals and loops to play lead, bass and rhythm guitar simultaneously, while Sam Carlson contributes vocals, keyboards and drums. Don't be fooled -- Ports of Spain are not another band that trades directionless loopy jazz odysseys for pure songcraft. Their equipment never gets in the way of their complex melodies. They write actual songs, consistently avoiding complication for the sake of complication. They juggle tons of ideas in every song, creating a noise that's consistently about to fall apart. That it doesn't is incredible by itself. Their brilliant songs may seem like a bonus under these circumstances, but don't underrate Ports of Spain. Even as these two guys spew chaos into crowded clubs, their songwriting is always there to remind you why a grounding in planned songcraft keeps so many of the best bands tethered to excellence. Ports of Spain belong in their company. Ports of Spain have played with bands like The Dodos, Tera Melos, Hospitality, Beach Fossils, Fang Island, Pissed Jeans, Pile, ONWE, Speedy Ortiz, Morning Teleportation, Kal Marks, The Paper Kites, and Solids.
Venue Information:
Space Ballroom (Front Room).
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514