Austin’s BUHU like many other like minded bands out of that region, play music that embodies experimentalism and artistic integrity: and they’ve pretty much nailed it wth the first single off their debut full length LP Relationshapes. BUHU is comprised of Clellan Hyatt, bassist, synth-wrangler, and abstract programmer Juan Pablo Mendez, and guitarist / vocalist Jeremy Rogers.
Relationshapes, the follow-up to the critically lauded 4-Track Cinemat live video EP – captures a flash-frozen portrait of the struggles of youthful love, emotional toxicity, and redemption between twentysomethings that aren’t fully formed yet themselves. There is a tidal pull within the record, balancing the darkness with a profound feeling of happiness and confidence. “I want young people to feel empowered” explains Rogers. “It’s easy to feel lost and confused about who you are and your place in the world, but it’s the best time to explore yourself and the world around you.”
Glide is psyched to premiere “Youth is Breaking” the first track off Relationshapes, which shines in the vein of Minus the Bear where an intricate network of synth lines and guitar riffs form to create a final result that is art rock in its most freak endearing form.
“Youth Is Breaking was originally inspired by surf culture but focuses more on the confusion that an irresponsible late 20 something may feel when confronted with the realities of getting older while the culture remains the same age,” explains Rogers about “Youth is Breaking.” Growing pains and toxic relationships are among the strongest sentiments at the center of this song.”
BUHU first assembled into their current Mechagodzilla form when Rogers, a veteran of the Wisconsin scene, relocated to Austin, TX in search of warmer inspiration. Mendez walked into the bar Rogers was tending, the two got to talking and it was soon clear that they shared a passion for rock drums, heavy synth bass lines, guitar riffage, auto-tuned vocals, and most importantly, live music sequencing software.
Together, their musical options were limitless, melding Rogers’ water-witch knack for divining melody with Mendez’s 4am deep-set house DJ sense of rhythm. The only thing missing was a legit heavy-duty rock drummer. That Thanksgiving, Hyatt and his friends walked into Rogers’ empty bar, played 90s dance jams all night, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Their first, semi-official release as a trio was the 4-Track Cinemat. “We wanted to do something truly unique” explains Rogers. “We decided to record every instrument on every song in a different location and film it. We recorded in trees, under staircases, in food trucks and on bar patios… We recorded in a tattoo shop while I was getting a tattoo. So ridiculous.”
When it came time to craft Relationshapes the band held to their core ethos and recorded the bulk of the raw tracks themselves – apart from the drums, and not in trees this time. Collaborator Danny Reisch from Good Danny’s introduced the band to Brad Bell (Arcade Fire, The War On Drugs, Spoon). The chemistry between all involved was immediate and undeniable, and they soon set to work. After tracking, the album was mixed by Bell and Mastered by Jeff Lipton (Andrew Bird, LCD Soundsystem, Battles).
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BUHU Tour Dates
Relationshapes Album Release Tour w/ JT Kelley Winter 2016
1/22 Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s
1/23 Ft. Worth, TX – Lola’s
1/24 Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves
1/26 Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note
1/27 Tulsa, OK – Soundpony
1/28 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
1/29 Lincoln, NE – The Zoo Bar
1/30 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
1/31 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
2/02 Ames, IA – DG’s
2/03 Winona, MN – Ed’s No Name Bar
2/04 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
2/05 Madison, WI – The Frequency
2/06 Milwaukee, WI – Riverwest Public House
2/07 Chicago, IL – Emporium
2/09 Cincinnati, OH – Mad Frog
2/10 Nashville, TN – FooBAR
2/11 Little Rock, AR – Vinos
2/12 Beaumont, TX – Logon Cafe
2/13 Houston, TX – The Waughford