Butchers and Bakers

Butchers and Bakers


Butchers and Bakers is an eclectic, loud rock n' roll band with four singers. Crazy, spacy noises and jazz-inflected drums mix with sweet vocal harmonies and old-fashioned heaviness...and there is a dash of punk rock intensity thrown in for good measure.


Butchers and Bakers are musical nomads, roaming the noisy steppes of Brooklyn for sounds to hunt, kill, cut-up, cook, and eat. A tribe of four, these nomads have surprisingly stuck to their ancient traditions despite the encroachment of the modern civilized world upon their territorial expanse. Though it is suspected that they themselves are steppe invaders, their exact origins are unknown. Most historical and archaeological data seems to point to a previous existence west and north of their current hunting grounds. While they have a rich history of previous sonic endeavor, the contemporary anthropological data gathered by scientists in the field shows that their historical depth is matched by a current culture of highly complex musical substance. Their current "civilization" (if we can call such primitives "civilized") ranges from crackling noise pyrotechnics to free chordal structures to sweet and sour melodies to sing-along choruses to rich old-fashioned vocal harmonies and more. To give a sense of their place in our own culture, it might be helpful to think of them as occupying the sonic space between construction equipment noise and a children's chorus. They seem to be a highly eclectic mix of previous sound tribes and cultures, like Sonic Youth, Nirvana, the Beach Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Sunny Day Real Estate, Engine Down, Elliott Smith, German Art House Cinema, the foxtrot, the Pixies, light heavy metal, progressive rock, Masayuki Takayanagi, the top gun soundtrack, power pop, Queens of the Stone Age, Engine Down, J.J. Johnson, Stever Turre, and many more unidentified influences (a space for further academic study)... We can, however, say that no sound is left alone or ignored in their sonic economy. Butchers and Bakers have created few fixed monuments, but when we have managed to capture their sound world on tape—for instance, in their latest Extra Play sound disc entitled Public—we are astounded by the beauty, the elegance, and, again, the eclectic multiplicity engendered by this quartet of simple people, roaming that dark and primal world of concrete.


Public, EP

Set List

A typical set list at this point:

Love 1917
Your Dark Sea
I Saw Myself Out There
Sea Something
What You Said
Pills and Epistles
The Street Song
Cover: Smashing Pumpkins' "Where Boys Fear to Tread"

Usually, we have a set of about 45 minutes in length.