Drink Up Buttercup Hit The Road Running Tour Dates Announced
10/31 – PA’s Lounge – Somerville, MA
11/10 – The Zodiac – Baltimore, MD (w/ Blood Warrior)
11/11 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Blood Warrior)
11/12 – Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY – (w/ Blood Warrior)
11/16 – The Social – Orlando, FL (w/ Stellastarr*)
11/17 – Whirlyball – Atlanta, GA (w/ Stellastarr*)
11/18 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC (w/ Stellastarr*)
11/19 – Rock n roll hotel – Washington, DC (w/ Stellastarr*)
After a spectacular series of shows at this years CMJ, Drink Up Buttercup are not resting on their laurels. They’re heading out on tour playing shows with Blood Warrior and Stellarstarr*.
“they turn into the bastard sons of Shane MacGowan and Tom Waits, pounding on garbage cans and deftly mixing theatrical swagger with plenty of punk-rock ‘tude. Not many bands can mix homemade percussion, three-part harmonies, a melodica, and some opera training (no lie—lead singer James Harvey can bust out the vibrato when called upon), and make it all sound like this much beer-soaked, unpretentious fun” –Andy Hermann, Metromix New York
Drink Up Buttercup, a quartet from Philadelphia that lunges joyously into every jangly chord and full-throated chorus… brought a smile to every face I could see, and the bashing on that garbage can lid couldn’t obscure some genuinely pretty and expressive harmonies on “Lovers Play Dead,” –Ben Sisario, NY Times
“They really keep the true spirit of punk alive, from the busted up instruments (trash cans figure heavily) to their aggressively joyful performance. It’s really barely contained disorder on stage — but it all works because underneath that sonic mess, there is also some solid musicianship.” –Emily Hulme, AMNY
“Proving yet again that energy and resourcefulness are more important for a good set that a good PA.” –Michael Tedder, CMJ
“The thing about Drink Up Buttercup is that it revels in madness. Its music is psychedelic, anthemic and loose.” –Colin St John, Time Out NY
“Lumbering drums, jangling shakers, electronic squiggles, and lots of…ragged shouts accompany the strutting bass line and stomping guitar….it’s all just loose and playful enough to avoid coming across as overly nostalgic.” -Pitchfork
“The Beatles on the greatest acid trip I could ever hope to hear about again and again.Tthe sound of this band is something that few other groups have been able to master.” -Fearless Radio
Drink Up Buttercup signed with Yep Roc Records and their first offering is the single ‘Even Think’, a fast-paced fist-pumper, driven by frenzied organ arpeggios and swelling vocal harmonies reminiscent of the sound of Brian Wilson re-imagining The Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat – all recorded and mixed in less than 24 hours as a lo-fi gift for their fans sonically unique from their other recorded material. If this is the kind of studio magic that is conjured in less than one day you won’t believe your ears when you get to hear the full length coming in early 2010 recorded by Philly’s veritable go-to guy, Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) and mixed by Rusty Santos, the man responsible for the sound that graced Panda Bear’s Person Pitch.
The single is backed by an all new alternate version of the live performance fan favorite “Heavy Hand,” and this digital 45 can be downloaded for FREE at Yep Roc’s site (Click HERE for link). And for all the vinyl junkies out there the 7” only version will feature a cover of the Buzzcocks classic “Why Can’t I Touch It.” Expect two amazing reworks of the single courtesy of electro-pop meastro Cale Parks and renowned party-starter Andrew WK.
Drink Up Buttercup is truly the story of hard work and dedication. There was no stumbling upon an album deal, they earned it the good old-fashioned way by working their backsides off for it. This year alone they released a 7” (Sosey&Dosey/Farewell Captain) on Kanine Records (Grizzly Bear, Chairlift), recorded an entire full-length album, all while playing 60+ self-booked shows. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Bishop Allen, The Fiery Furnaces, Tune-Yards, Clues, Marnie Stern and Free Energy and if you were lucky enough to catch them live at SXSW, New York’s After The Jump or the countless other shows, consider yourself a member of a privileged club because it won’t be as exclusive for too much longer.
Always planning the next trip, Drink Up Buttercup will be hitting the road again introducing more people to the onstage fracas of fretboards, drumsticks, elbows, metal lockers, mannequin heads, and trashcan lids thrashing through the air. Yet somehow avoiding serious injury to themselves, and always leaving the audience exhausted but eager for more in fashion that The New York Times declares “mesmerizes and clobbers live.”
“Beatle-esque but in a kitchen sink kind of way.” – Brooklyn Vegan