Guitarist Matt Derouin of Buttercup Tells All Great Conversations
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St. Louis post-punk/no-wave rockers Buttercup celebrate the release of their new album, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttercup, tonight (12.14.2019) at The Heavy Anchor at 9 p.m. In this episode of the General Concerns podcast I speak with guitarist Matt Derouin about the new release.
In many ways Buttercup’s music calls to mind the noisy, angular, mathy post-punk and noise rock of Chicago during the late 80s and early 90s. Bands like Mount Shasta, Shellac, and The Jesus Lizard combined rock and punk music in a jar, then shook vigorously until an edgy, unhinged consistency was reached.
It’s probably fair to connect the Buttercup sound to those cherished frequencies of yore. The swagger and bounce of the new LP’s opening track, “Happy Animals Taste Better,” sets the tone for the collection, running the band through its paces in a cocksure overture.
Vocalist Andrew Patania seals his status as a formidable vocal technician, modulating between floating melody and raging angst. Voice casting agents take heed: Patania is the voice of a dyspeptic cartoon bear, stomping, shouting and singing through an addled life in an oversaturated realm.
We’ll have a listen to that song during the episode.
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