Ryan Sollee (of The Builders and the Butchers)
w/guest Sam Cooper
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Sunday, October 27, 2013
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Ryan Sollee (of The Builders and the Butchers)
Ryan Sollee, lead singer of The Builders and the Butchers, has been endlessly touring throughout the last few years. From his beginnings playing on rainy Portland streets for random passersby, to the early unplugged Mississippi Pizza and Valentines' shows, to the last three years of endless touring - Ryan and the band live and die for their connection with the audience. Whether playing bar gigs for 50 people or opening arena shows for 3000, Ryan builds a connection with the audience every time he takes the stage.
The Builders went into the studio with the idea of peeling back layers to where the essence of the song lies, and to try and finally fully encapsulate their raucous, impassioned live show. Joining up with Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, M. Ward, She & Him), who worked on their sophomore album Salvation is a Deep Dark Well, and engineer Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek, Starfucker, Thao Nguyen), the band created their third album, Dead Reckoning, using the recording style of the 1950s and 1960s, where the magic of a song was captured by the band playing together live and with minimal overdubbing. The Builders tracked almost all of Dead Reckoning in live takes, with Ryan handling vocals and guitar in one room and the rest of the band playing in the other. With tracking and mixing taking a total of only eight days, the energy and intensity of time spent in the studio is immediately apparent on each song.
"In the studio, the most difficult element for a band to achieve is a fusion of the live performance with the recording. The act of recording is quiet, serene, and controlled - the opposite experience of a live show. Sound engineers, studio builders and audiophiles work their hardest to make a ‘dead room' to record in," says Ryan. "It's no wonder so few records capture a band's true identity."
Dead Reckoning is an age-old method of sea navigation that involves using past position, speed, and drift to calculate current and future location. Dead Reckoning, with its classic, timeless sound, is a measure of where the band and its music, as well as these times in which we live, have been, are now, and where it all might be going. "I thought it would be a perfect title for the album given its stripped down sound, and how most of these songs tell stories, many of which are set in the past, " Ryan reveals. "Like our previous records, the settings of the songs follow a few main ideas: the father and the son, early 1900s America, absolute good and evil, addiction, and religion. On this album, I really thought a lot about the end of the world and the dark times we live in, how the feelings we feel and the world we experience is not that different from 1930s America, and I thought about the music that was created at that time. This is where the inspiration for these songs originated."
The Builders and the Butchers have had the opportunity to tour with Heartless Bastards, Portugal. The Man, Amanda Palmer, Brand New, and Murder By Death, to name a few.
About w/guest Sam Cooper
After several years as a member of three nationally-acclaimed bands - Horse Feathers, Jared Mees and Sean Flinn - musician Sam Cooper has gone rogue, channeling his multi-instrumentalism into a truly solo album titled, "Long Lost Love". Like a prism breaking a beam of white light into its multitudinous parts, his poetic, metaphorically-dense songs unwind on the album with complex layers of self-harmony backed by himself on a dozen multi-tracked instruments, with assistance from drummer Nick Werth. His mastery takes the phrase "multi-instrumentalist" to impressive excess: guitars, piano, violin, accordion, banjo, bass, organ, mandolin and even the charango (a kind of Andean lute). Oh, and he sings, too.
Throughout 2012, Sam has been playing solo around town while building up a full band, an organically-grown assemblage of musicians featuring Jake Maynard on guitar/vocals, Jake Hershman on bass/vocals, and Nick Werth on drums/vocals. Like their seismic namesake, Sam Cooper & the Earthquakes aim to spread throughout the Northwest, leaving Richter-scale musical aftershocks in their wake...