TUNE The Buttertones - Bebop
LA band The Buttertones are back with a new single called ‘Bebop’. The track is an energetic, extravagant rock track which crosses jazz, punk and surf rock with ska — a melting pot of menacing baselines and infectious melodies the band describe as “a mechanical pulse born out of necessity”.
The track epitomises the band's experimental songwriting and ferocious live set. Every element has a member of the band adding detailed and complex parts, from winding saxophone melodies to plucked guitar scales and rapid drum beats, all wrapped around singer Richard Araiza's Ian Curtis-via-Bobby Darin baritone vocals.
The single's title and sound directly references its genre namesake, Bebop, a 1940s style of jazz characterised by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions and instrumental virtuosity.
'Bebop' is the latest from The Buttertones new album Jazzhound, which was recently released via Innovative Leisure. It was produced by Jonny Bell (Hanni El Khatib, Crystal Antlers) and recorded in the legendary Electro-Vox studio (Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend). Araiza calls this album “probably the darkest one” with lyrics about relationships, mental health and life in Los Angeles.