The BUDOS BAND – ” V / Long in the Tooth “

Posted: July 24, 2021 in MUSIC
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15 years after our debut record and some 22 years since we first met and started playing as The Budos Band, here we are with Budos VI, Long in the Tooth. The Budos has a certain reputation that precedes us, but truth be told, beneath the infamous mayhem lies a true family with all the ups and downs, highs and lows and emotional benders that go along with it. We’ve been here for each other at our brightest and darkest times, shared many successes and shared great losses. We are at a point in our lives that anytime we can be in the same room playing music together its a celebration of life. The songs on this album capture that spontaneous energy, and it’s The Budos at its finest. Always about the collective, never the individual.

The idea of ​“evil funk” may raise some eyebrows among rock fans, but one listen to The Budos Band and even hardened metal purists will be boogeying with the best of them. The Staten Island, New York, nine-piece band play a dramatic brand of instrumental Afro-soul whose looming horns, steely guitars, and carnival keyboard accents are more reminiscent of ​‘70s Dracula movies than they are platform heels. The band seems deeply in tune with this vibe, adorning their album covers with heavy imagery like volcanoes and venomous animals. 

“We needed to stake out new territory on Burnt Offering,” says baritone sax player Jared Tankel. ​“We see the first three albums as a trilogy and Burnt Offering was something new. We wrote differently, recorded differently, it was all something new for us. So we needed to break the sequence. Now that we have done that, it’s time to return with V. We feel that we have taken the best parts of Burnt Offering and integrated it back into what grounded us in I, II and III.”

The band’s fifth release, V,, continues the Budos artistic tradition with a jet black featuring gothic fonts and a craggy mountain rising in the distance. Sonically, the album trades the lusher sound of “Burnt Offering” for trippier, more acidic tones that rely on straight-up proto-metal guitars and bass overlaid by sharp shocks of brass and hippie love cult organ, all set to a rambling mix of traditional drum and conga. The resulting music is cinematic yet menacing, the soundtrack to a bad drug trip in the desert in a blaxploitation flick. 

Celebrating 15 years from the release of their debut album, Daptone’s Royal Court from Staten Island delivers a truly epic collection of new material that finds the group further bridging the gap between the farfisa-fueled Ethio-Funk stylings of their early recordings, with the psychedelic, Sabbath-inspired hellfire of late.

“In some ways, it’s reminiscent of our first two albums The Budos Band and Budos II,” says Tom Brenneck. “We branched off on Burnt Offering and V. Now, we’re still moving forward. You can play these songs on the dance-floor. We knew the horns had to stand out too. Thinking about hip-hop allowed us to put the bounce back into The Budos.” This is evident from needle drop to final rotation. Heavy drum breaks, reminiscent of the B-Boy approved grooves of their early output reign supreme, setting the stage for the pulsating, hallucinatory wall of organ, menacing horns, and rugged guitar riffs to permeate your soul – leaving the listener in a rhythmic wash of Budonian rapture.

Long in the Tooth” represents the culmination of a 15-year journey by a band that has consistently carved its own distinct path through the grooves of history.

Released October 9th, 2020

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