The Bullbuckers
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The Bullbuckers

Wilmington, Delaware, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Established on Jan, 2010
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"FROM JAMAICA WITH LOVE"

"The Bullbuckers' Ska sound has propelled them to the top of the Delaware music scene."

- Matt Amis, Out & About Magazine, Wilmington 2012
Part of a three page write up including a double truck photo. - Out & About Magazine - May 2012


"The Bullbuckers, When Push Comes To Shove"

"Those under the assumption that Reggae-inspired music has seen its apex, will find themselves quite wrong after a listen to The Bullbuckers. With a clear understanding of the genres they utilize, tight instrumentation and clever, approachable lyrical matter; they are carrying the torch for upbeat, fun, island-inspired music." - Skope Magazine


"UK Honors for Bullbuckers Bassist"

UK Honors for Bullbuckers Bassist - TSN Publishing, Out & About Magazine


"When Push Comes To Shove (Album Review)"

Rating: 3.9 out of 4

The Bullbuckers are an incredible band and their latest release, When Push Comes To Shove, is just as amazing. I've heard a lot of bootleg reggae/ska bands in the past year, so I knew right away that The Bullbuckers were exactly what people mean when they say
that "the cream always rises to the top."

Unlike many of the aforementioned reggae/ska bands I've heard, I didn't have to skip around to find something that caught my ear; the first song hit me and I simply let it play all the way through on cruise control. Those who know me, understand that I'm hard on music, but still fair in my assessments and when it comes to The Bullbuckers' release I
found no issues.

I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard the live horn section of Daren't Polk (Trombone), Rob Barbarita (Sax), Jim Miller (Trumpet), and Zack Scudlark (Sax). Adding to the band's awesomeness is one of the best lead vocals in indie reggae/ska music, Kevin Tarzanin, who is also the band's bassist; and the amazing drum, guitar, and backing vocal section
of Steve Politowski (Drums and Vocals), Dave Segal (Guitar and Vocals).

Songs like Remedy, Appreciation, St. Patty's Day, and my personal favorite, Time, are The reason The Bullbuckers deserve the such high praise. member of the band plays his role in making The Bullbuckers a true pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed "When Push Comes To Shove", and I encourage you to check it out . - I Am Entertainment Magazine


"Bullbuckers Perform in New York City"

"... absolutely blew me away and I heard similar comments from other ska fans at the show. They were tight as hell and had such great energy! I'm now adding them to my "instantly blown away" bands list"

-Michelle Ska, NYCSka.com 2013 - NYCska.com


"Duff Gig Review: The Scofflaws and The Bullbuckers at Electric Avenue on 1/19/13!"

"If you have the opportunity to see The Bullbuckers play... definitely do it--you'll have a great time!" - Steven Shafer, The Duff Guide to Ska


"ALBUM REVIEW. THE BULL BUCKERS “WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE”"

"mature and acute song writing" and "emotive and thought-provoking lyrics" - The Flinging Times


"Music Now Spotlight 2013: Junior's Cave Interview with the Bullbuckers"

Meet one of the coolest bands this publication has come across in a long time. Introducing Indie Delaware Band, Bullbuckers, who are building up quite an impressive resume with their special blend of Ska, Reggae, & Soul that sets them apart from the average indie band. Easily, one of the most terrific sounding bands out there in the music scene, Bullbuckers has crafted several popular genres of musical influences into a powerhouse contender of bringing their music to the masses. Here is their story!

Isaac: Thank you for being a part of our weekly music interview spotlights. Let’s get started. The Indie Music Industry is an amazing beast. Many music critics have stated that Indie Music is on the rise with many new performers being discovered each day. Do you believe that indie music artists can rise to the level of stardom that their major music studio counterparts are able to now?

Bullbuckers: Anything is possible today.

Isaac: What do you feel has been your biggest contribution you have made to Indie Music Industry thus far in your career?

Bullbuckers: We’ve noticed a growing international interest in the band through our analytics but, I’d have to cite our largest contribution to date as regionally propelling the genre of Ska to a musical foreground through our performances, awards, and press, regionally.

Isaac: I am interested to know if you could go back and change anything about your own musical career, what would it be and why?

Bullbuckers: My previous band was offered an exclusive publishing deal that gave us a guaranteed placement in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” through Cherry Tree Publishing, we turned it down. We should have taken it. I’d also have started playing in a more Ska centric band rather than just teasing it earlier as I feel I’ve found my voice in the genre.

Isaac: I am curious to know do you feel that the music industry as a whole is surrounded by an endless pool of undiscovered talents or overcrowded with mediocre performers.

Bullbuckers: I believe a little of both is true. It’s never been easier to start a band but, as a talented band figuring out how to expose and market your sound to its niche is key. There are a great many talented bands out today however, there are a lot of hats you have to wear until you find the people you trust to wear them for you such as, Marketing, publishing, licensing, booking, distribution to name a few.

Isaac: Are you currently signed with any of the Indie Music Labels? If not, what are you looking for in any music label that you hope will complement your music?


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Bullbuckers: We’ve done a pretty good job here at the start, booking ourselves but, we could use help. We’re starting to gun for more festivals and are lining up our first multi-week tour. I’d love help in booking festivals and a European tour. Our genre of music is more appreciated as a whole overseas so; I feel that part of our goal should be to meet that market through live performances. We’ve recently signed two non-exclusive publishing deals with A&R Select and a local music lawyer Paula Savastino. Getting placement off of our first CD would greatly help in producing our second.

Isaac: What do you feel has been one of the biggest challenges for you to bring your music to the masses?

Bullbuckers: Our sound is a hybrid predicated largely on traditional Jamaican and Caribbean influences. Traditionally, these sounds have found more success outside the continental US. The fact that we’ve had success in our region is affirmation that we’re doing it right but we need to continue finding the right channels to promote ourselves internationally and begin touring with intelligent selection on a more national level.

Isaac: One of the best attributes for any performer to possess is tenacity. What is your professional and/or personal drive that has made you continue to make great music over the years?

Bullbuckers: There’s nothing I’d rather due than perform, write, and record. I was raised to follow my heart.

Isaac: How has living in your current city affected the way you look at the music industry?

Bullbuckers: Wilmington, DE lacks a true music industry; it’s difficult to find peers that have created a model of success on a more global scale. As a silver lining, the lack of diversity has allowed us to firmly claim our niche and genre within the region. It does force us to work harder to link in with our peers, mentors, and industry that supports our sound, which can make you feel a little like an outsider.

Isaac: We would love to see a music video from you! Do you currently have one that you can let our readers know about?

Bullbuckers: Check out youtube.com/bullbuckers. We have a few videos, nothing high budget or professionally done but, getting something out professionally is a future goal. We’ve been discussing the video “St. Patties Day” being placed nationally through A&R Select wh - Junior's Cave Online Web Magazine


"With The Bullbuckers, Tarzanin hits his stride"

"Top-notch musicianship is a hallmark of The Bullbuckers"

-Roger Hillis, News Journal - The News Journal


"Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue blow it up"

"The show (Trombone Shorty concert at the Bottle & Cork, Dewey Beach, DE) came with local flare thanks to the Bullbuckers, one of Delaware's most revered original bands (who) opened the show with an energetic set that had the whole crowd swaying to their set with a crescendo, performing their upbeat album track, 'Don't You Know'." - Spark Magazine


"Spark 6 Things You Should Know"

"There's this moment that happens at every (Spark Magazine Annual Birthday Party), right as we're introducing the band - the crowd tenses up and waits to see if they're going to stay and listen ... I think the Bullbuckers got about five notes into their first song before I heard a guy behind me say, 'Hey, they're really good.' Indeed." - Matt Sullivan, General Manager/Editor, Spark Magazine. - Spark Magazine


"Bands To Watch At The Delaware Music Festival"

"...the most eagerly awaited set at the Delaware Music Festival." Ryan Cormier The News Journal April 2009 - The Wilmington News Journal


"Bullbuckers Win The Spark Summer Series 2009"

"It's bands like the Bullbuckers in particular that keep the Delaware Scene rocking." Rob Kalesse, Music Editor, Spark Magazine Sept 2009 - Spark Magazine


"The Old And The New = A Great Evening"

"The Bullbuckers are a fusion of soul-searing and foot-stomping music - ska like you've never heard it (unless you were living in the Islands in the 60s), soul and a tinge of hip-hop. It's a Wilmington sound that has roots - and fans - round the globe." Joan Davis June 19, 2009 - Examiner.com


"The Next Big Progress Report"

"Last year, we dubbed The Note in West Chester "The Next Big Music Venue." And they have delivered. Backed by Donnie Moore (formerly of Rex's) and Bam Margera (Mr. Jackass himself), this spot has hosted both big names and local faves like The Bullbuckers" - USA Today


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Influenced by the roots of American and Caribbean music the Bullbuckers are Inspired by Boss Tunes, Irie Vibes, Soul, and Rock & Roll. The band has created a bold, real, gritty, award winning sound.

Winning both accolades and prizes in three international songwriting contests (John Lennon Songwriting Contest, UK Songwriting Contest, & The Great American Song Contest) along with top honors in their region, this independent band is beginning to receive national media recognition in 2013.

The name Bullbucker is taken from the roots of American and Caribbean sub-cultures. In America a Bullbucker is the man in charge of fallers and buckers in a lumber camp, clearing the way and providing the resources for the countries growth. In Jamaica it is used as a term for someone who assumes power over another. As musicians, the Bullbuckers sound has been commanding attention and movement from audiences as they eclipse over 300 festival and venue performances.

JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST TOP 3 FINALIST 2012 IN WORLD MUSIC CATEGORY: "Time"
* Judged by Sean Paul, Bob Weir, The Bacon Brothers, Jessica Jerrell, Fergie (of Black Eyed Peas), The Veronicas, Natasha Bedingfield, Jesse Harris.

UK SONGWRITER TOP THREE FINALIST IN TWO CATEGORIES "BEST LOVE SONG" (St. Patty's Day) & "OTHER" (Remedy) & TWO SONGS PLACED IN THE SEMI FINALIST 2013:
* Judged by producers Kipper Eldridge (Sting, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Kylie Minogue), Producer Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Cher), and Producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Oasis)

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST TOP TEN FINALIST 2012 ALTERNATIVE/ROCK CATEGORY: "St. Patty's Day"
* Judged by Robin Frederick (Former Director of A&R for Rhino Records), Dennis R. Sinnott (director of EMI Music Publishing) Carla Starrett (Executive Director of SongLyricist.com), Brett Perkins (National Academy of Songwriters/ founder of Listening Room International Songwriter Retreats/ Copenhagen Songwriters Festival), Steve Cahill (Founder of Songwriters Resource Network), Pat & Pete Luboff (songwriters and authors of "88 Song Wrongs and How To Right Them" and "12 Steps To Building Better Songs.") H.R. Cook (director of Weaver Of Words Music (an affiliate of Bug Music Publishing), Rob Wright (Radio host and talent scout Rob (aka Mr. Raw) made his mark at Sony Music's A&R Department, the A&R Power summit and Urban Threshold TV), 

The band has also won some of the most prestigious regional awards in past years.

BEST BAND, BEST LIVE ACT, BEST HORN SECTION, WSTW 93.7 Delaware Valley Hometown Heroes Awards 2012

FINALISTS BETA HI-FI EMERGING MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE WORLD CAFE LIVE, PHILADELPHIA 2011

WINNER OF THE SPARK MAGAZINE SUMMER SERIES 2009

"Those under the assumption that Reggae-inspired music has seen its apex, will find themselves quite wrong after a listen to The Bullbuckers. With a clear understanding of the genres they utilize, tight instrumentation and clever, approachable lyrical matter; they are carrying the torch for upbeat, fun, island-inspired music."
- Christopher West, Skope Magazine, 2013

"I knew right away that The Bullbuckers were exactly what people mean when they say that "the cream always rises to the top."
- Senseitional, Reviews Editor, I Am Entertainment Magazine, 2013

"(Bullbuckers) absolutely blew me away and I heard similar comments from other ska fans at the show. They were tight as hell and had such great energy! I'm now adding them to my "instantly blown away" bands list"
- Michelle Ska, NYCSka.com 2013

"Easily, one of the most terrific sounding bands out there in the music scene, Bullbuckers has crafted several popular genres of musical influences into a powerhouse"
- Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA, Juniors Cave Online Magazine 2013

"If you have the opportunity to see The Bullbuckers play... definitely do it--you'll have a great time!"
- Steve Shafer, Duff Guide to Ska 2013

"I Think the Bullbuckers are amazing and you can quote me on that!"
- Tiana Lewis, Tour Coordinator/Assistant Director of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2013

"The Bullbuckers' Ska sound has propelled them to the top of the Delaware music scene."
- Matt Amis, Out & About Magazine, Wilmington 2012

"This six-piece group with a horn section is like the ultimate party band. Whether they are playing reggae or another style"
-Tish Michel, The Coconut Times, Ocean City 2012

"Top-notch musicianship is a hallmark of The Bullbuckers."
-Roger Hillis, The Beach Comber and Delaware News Journal 2012

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