Live + Photos: Buke and Gase at Mercury Lounge

Photos by Mila Matveeva

Buke and Gase played a late and packed show at the Mercury Lounge two Fridays ago. Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez slaughtered through their recently released Function Falls EP, as well as handfuls of crowd-pleasers from their full-length debut Riposte, which, since being released in 2010, was already inspiring requests by name.

The Brooklyn duo does not disappoint live. If you don’t know, they play modified instruments (including their own percussion) of the “buke”, a baritone ukele, and “gass”, a guitar-bass hybrid–which is where they get their name. With the recording, it is easy to hold a suspension of disbelief about the sound’s fullness, but to see it full-bodied and live coming only from two individuals, creates a jarring disconnect between what you thought was possible and what you’re hearing.

Blast Off!‘s Adam Schatz, who opened, joined on tenor sax during one song. While it was neat to hear the group re-contextualized in a different soundscape, the extra instrumentation did not bring to your attention that they were missing anything from the rest of their set. When they declined a request to play their “Blue Monday” cover because they weren’t packing right gear that night, it wasn’t disappointing and something tells me Dyer and Sanchez weren’t prepared for the song of their own accord.  They know we don’t need to see all the tricks, but we know they got ‘em.

Buke and Gase play Moogfest TONIGHT and have a few European tour dates left with Deerhoof. Hopefully we see them do some local shows stateside again soon in support of their forthcoming full-length General Dome, out January 29th via Brassland, which includes “Hiccup” (listen below). Meanwhile, buy the excellent Function Falls EP (also below) at Brassland or the band’s website and watch a short video of Dyer and Sanchez assembling the 12″, while talking DIY dynamics of the group. More shots from the Mercury Lounge show below.


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