San Francisco, California based Buxter Hoot’n (yes that’s really the band’s name) is preparing to release its brand new six track EP, “Na Na Na” this Fall. It is a perfect piece of music for any fan of college rock. The band mixes elements of both Americana and college garage rock on this upcoming release. The mix of the two sounds makes for one of the more interesting releases in this second half of the year. The EP’s opener/title track shows influences of certain college rock bands that have come before. What really makes this song a great opener is the dynamic contrasts throughout. While the verses are very soft and controlled, the choruses are the exact opposite. They are very grand and almost anthemic. The buildup to the chorus sections are really what help move the song along. That musical contrast gives it that extra oomph needed to really get listeners’ attention.
‘Kids Those Days’ is just as much of a college rock style song. It comes across as a very White Stripes-esque song thanks to both the music and the vocal style of Vince DeWald. The EP carries that same vibe into the next song, ‘Fake Heart Attack.’ ‘Fake Heart Attack’ and ‘Kids Those Days’ are wonderful additions to this EP. What makes it even better is their contrast to the EP’s fourth track, ‘Haunted House.’ This song oozes Bob Dylan-esque influence. From the vocal style to the guitars to the harmonica, it boasts every element that has made Dylan so popular throughout his career. It’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s true, then if he knows about the song, it goes without saying that Dylan would be very flattered by it.
‘Hung Up’, the EP’s next track goes back to the college rock vibe again. Instead of the White Stripes vibe, this time, the band boasts more of an interesting Jack Johnson/Ben Harper hybrid sound. There’s no doubt that this song is bound to be a fan favorite.
“Na Na Na” closes with the song, ‘Better Way.’ After having taken listeners on a wild musical ride with the previous five songs on the EP, the band uses ‘Better Way’ to gently place listeners back on their feet. Vocalist Vince DeWald shines yet again in this song. At certain points, he changes up his vocal style once more, this time sounding a little bit like former Police front man Sting. His ability to mix so many different vocal styles, mixed in with the band’s ability to take established sounds and make their own original works makes this EP one that any rock fan should listen to at least once.
“Na Na Na” will be released September 4th. The band will be performing a hometown CD release party at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco on Friday, August 17th to celebrate the impending release of “Na Na Na.” It will be the band’s only live date this year. Fans that won’t get to see the band live can still follow Buxter Hoot’n online at http://www.buxterhootn.com, http://www.facebook.com/buxterhootn, http://twitter.com/buxterhootn, and on its official Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/buxterhootn11.
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