9/17 Buxton

September 17th, 2012 · 4 Comments · By

This is a nice band that shares their name with a town in Derbyshire.

Buxton offers that kind of highly consonant, highly produced folk that really agrees with some people and grates on me, personally.  I mean, folk in instrumentation, but folk in spirit?  To me, folk describes a style of music that is specific to a place, musically and lyrically, and expresses what life is like in local details and vocabulary.  Music like Buxton’s is the polar opposite of that, borrowing idioms from another time and locale, burnishing them like a vintage desk chair, and smearing some interchangeable sincerities upon the vocal arrangements.

In an interview on their website, Buxton asserts that they aim to please, rather than experiment.  I don’t see why that’s an either/or proposition, though an awful lot of people on both “sides” like to phrase it that way.  Buxton also keeps repeating that they just sort of “fell into this band thing”.  Like they didn’t intend to be musicians – it just happened to them.  From my experience, that just never happens.  Maybe to nineteen year olds, but Buxton has been at it for several years.  But what bugs me is less the disingenuousness than what their pose implies.  Buxton is saying that they don’t really want to be musicians: They didn’t choose this line of work and they only make music to please other people.  If that’s how you feel about it, dudes, then just quit.  As Ian Svevonious of Felt Letters wisely points out, there are “600,000 bands.  Each of them makes a sound.  Everybody wants you to listen to theirs.  But you can’t cuz y0u’re listening to this.”

The point of Nailgun is not to tell you to stay home.  But I just don’t know what else to say about Buxton.

Buxton, Derbyshire

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nick // Sep 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Maybe what else nailgun wants to say is that Erik the Red is at the Whiskey Jar?

  • 2 James // Sep 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    indeed! why waste words on an apparently forgettable folk band when one of this generations’ few true bluesmen is making a rare appearance here in the city? as Nick points out, Erik the Red is continuing his monthlong Monday-night residency at The Whiskey Jar tonight. he is definitely “folk in spirit” if I’ve ever heard it. there’s no cover, and he’s playing closer to the dinner hour than the usual rock&roll showtime. (incidentally, my column about Whiskey Jar music in general and Erik the Red in particular will appear in the paper tomorrow…)

  • 3 Matt Northrup // Sep 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hey guys, this is Matt from Holy Smokes chiming in.
    This sort of flew under my radar, but I felt like I should probably say that this show was actually really incredible. Might not be the most incredible band on record, but I’m not going to book a band that isn’t something that I think is worth seeing.
    I don’t think that this blog post really killed the turnout or anything at this show, but I do think it’s super obnoxious. Carolyn, please think twice before making a post like this in the future.
    Let’s all chill out and agree that Erik the Red is the best.

  • 4 txc // Sep 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    paste magazine actually named them one of the 20 up and coming bands to see at SXSW last year. if i had known they were in cville, i would have gone. but i just saw this today.