Portland-based folk-rock band The Builders and the Butchers released their fifth full-length album, The Spark, earlier this year. The new album features a wider array of sounds and shorter, hard hitting songs, while remaining a Builders’ record at heart. They spent the last five years writing the music and a year mixing, drawing on influences ranging from Tom Waits to The White Stripes.
Though the album received glowing reviews and is clearly one of the band’s strongest studio efforts, their brand of folk-rock is best served live. Audiences look forward to lively performances, where the fourth wall is broken and the audience is able to participate in call and response sing-a-longs. Sometimes the band will hand out instruments for fans to play, and they’ll even get down off stage to perform right on the floor. For any band that shines in the live setting, sometimes it’s best to try and bottle the energy and magic of a performance into a recording.
Today Glide is premiering the live rendition of “Redemption Sound”, a raucous folk-rock tune off the band’s 2013 album Western Sound. The live video was filmed and recorded at Portland’s intimate Doug Fir Lounge and will be part of the band’s new live album, which is out on local media outlet Banana Stand December 2nd. In the live version we get plenty of twangy guitar and a massive heavy drum beat provided by not one but two drummers. With a voice that carries the folky passion of Bob Dylan and the blistering punk rock attitude of Joe Strummer, Ryan Sollee owns the stage and commands the crowd as he leads the band through the fiery tune.
The Builders & The Butchers celebrate the release of their new live album at Nectar Lounge in Seattle on December 1 and at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on December 2. For more music and info visit thebuildersandthebutchers.com.