Seraphic Lights
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Seraphic Lights

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Blues Psychedelic

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Sep
06
Seraphic Lights @ Rebellion Gallery and Art Academy

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul
26
Seraphic Lights @ Junction City Music Hall

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul
22
Seraphic Lights @ Rancho Relaxo

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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"Seraphic Lights-"Breeze" Music Video Premiere"

By Alan Ranta
Toronto's Seraphic Lights released their debut EP last year, entitled Trapped. While fans have been download the single "Breeze" for free from their Bandcamp for some time now, the band are just now premiering the song's new video.

Drummer Michelle Puska explained a few things about the clip:

Daniel [Benjamin Buxton] came up with idea for "Breeze" while sitting alone on his porch last fall. The backing music was meant to be lush and atmospheric, sensual in an unsettling kind of way. The overdubbing of harmonica, slide guitar and organ sounds was inspired by the dark, dense layers on some of the mid-'60s Rolling Stones stuff, especially the messier, crazier jams on between the buttons like "Complicated" and "Obsession." The lyrics are saying that when you're all twisted up inside by desire for another person, you should try to calm yourself by getting back in touch with nature.

The video was shot by our friend Devon Stewart. Basically, the footage we shot is performance based, but it's put together in an abstract kind of way. We didn't want to shoehorn in an obvious story-line or rely on a clever concept. We wanted to shoot something simple and then have it be assembled in an oblique way, so that it messes with your head.

The band's name stems from the Hebrew word "seraph" or "burning ones," as well as a John Coltrane song that bassist/guitarist Buxton likes to cover. It's a name that suits their style of psychedelic blues, a kind of melting pot aesthetic. Buxton and singer-songwriter/guitarist Katelyn Molgard met in Vancouver in 2012, and hooked up with Puska when they moved to Toronto later that year.

"Breeze" has a haunting sound, with a ramshackle voodoo psych progression, ghostly wordless female backup vocals, and Buxton's guttural vocals that land somewhere between Eric Burdon and Arthur Brown. When you hear Buxton emote on "Breeze," it has a certain weight to it that one may easily attribute to his upbringing, having dropped out of high school in the mid-'90s to hone his style busking on the streets of Edmonton.

Seraphic Lights are currently doing something of a victory lap across Canada, including dates in their former haunts of Edmonton and Vancouver. Check out the tour dates and video below.

Tour dates:

06/16 Saskatoon, SK - Beaumont Film & Record
06/19 Edmonton, AB - The Artery
06/21 Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret
06/23 Victoria, BC - Copper Owl
06/24 Nelson, BC - Kootenay Co Op Radio
06/25 Lloydminster, AB - The Root
06/26 Gimli, MB - Ship & Plough - Exclaim Magazine


"Seraphic Lights-Scene and Heard"

Interview with Seraphic Lights - Toronto Is Awesome


"Seraphic Lights at Rancho Relaxo"

Photos of Seraphic Lights - Indie Machine


"Veteran Busker DB Buxton comes in from the cold"

YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN D.B. Buxton outside the Commodore and other venues, pounding on a stomp board, slashing at a rectangular Gretsch “Big B” guitar, and belting out super-fried electric garage blues in a voice that he apparently pilfered from Captain Beefheart.

There’s always a crowd around him; Buxton is a totally possessed creature who looks a bit like Michael Gothard’s superhuman zombie from the trippy mod horror flick Scream and Scream Again, but cuter. And weirder. You can’t tear your eyes or your ears off him. He raises the art of busking to high trash, he’s been doing it since he was 14 years old, and he’s actually making a living at it.

But that’s the day job, so to speak. After relocating to Vancouver from Edmonton last year—“I played through all those minus-30 winters,” the 29 year-old says with a grimace, “on the streets, getting frostbite, getting older. It wasn’t feeling so good anymore”—Buxton found himself opening for the Green Hour Band at the Fox Theatre in May of 2009.

A short courtship followed, and eventually Buxton had himself a rhythm section in the sartorially magnificent shape of the Green Hour Band’s Randy Kramer (who switched from guitar to bass) and freakbeat drummer Nick Eccleston.

Thus were the Orpheans born. In a month or so, depending on how quickly the pressing plant pulls its thumb out of its ass, the three-piece will release a 7-inch single on the extremely boutique Neptoon Records label. Check the band’s MySpace for a preview of what captivated Neptoon store owner Rob Frith so much that he coughed up the cash for their debut slab of hot wax: a three-minute mutant blues stomper called “Ellison’s Tomb” and the shape-shifting heartbreaker “Keep It Slow”, which balloons from a dark and muddy Spencer Davis Group vibe into a wickedly thrilling, orgiastic, out-of-phase freakout.

There’s also a totally demented video of Buxton covering the Troggs’ “I Can’t Control Myself” on the band’s blog. He attacks the song like a transmogrification of Reg Presley, Steve Marriott, and a hysterically aroused capuchin monkey after two weeks of astral-planing in a sensory-deprivation tank.

“I think the nature of great performance is to be pretty out-there, and to be outside of your skin,” Buxton tells the Straight as he plows into a panini at Our Town Café off Main Street.

It’s an impressive understatement from a man who counts Screamin’ Jay Hawkins as a “huge influence”, although Buxton’s broader tastes and activities reveal an obsessed, self-taught musicologist without boundaries. Prince is his “number one guy”, he says.

“One side of me is classic pop,” Buxton continues. “Motown, classic rock ’n’ roll. On the other side you have Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, Thelonious Monk, Coltrane, and early music like John Dowland and Johann Sebastian Bach. That was the kind of stuff I was immersing myself in, as well as stuff like Captain Beefheart.”

Buxton says he spent five years “woodshedding” after Edmonton’s indie-rock scene dried up in the late ’90s. Before that, having been kicked out of school, he pounded the pavement, worked the coffeehouses, and snuck into clubs as a sideman for various acts, encouraged by a dad who “loved music but couldn’t pursue it”. When the work dried up, he discovered his inner muso and learned to appreciate everything from Lenny Breau to Cyndi Lauper.

“I thought her singing was brilliant,” he says of Lauper, “and I’d never heard another singer before or since that can do what she can do, the way that she can twist her mouth and create harmonics that punch you in the face. I love that sort of thing. I studied throat singing, for instance. I was just into any instrumental or vocal technique, the more eccentric the better.”

Considering that Buxton was also producing hip-hop during this period, and that he’s about to release a dance album on the Dirty Whore label called D.B. Buxton’s Dirty Disco Party—“I’ve been told it sounds like a cross between Prince’s Black Album and Lou Reed’s Street Hassle,” he adds with a broad grin—you might think that the relatively straight-ahead nature of the Orpheans would be limiting. For his part, Buxton views it as another challenge.

“This band is blues- and soul-music-based, and I figured out early on that the simpler I made it, the better. And that there are certain things that I would avoid. Like when I play a minor ninth chord, I can just feel the discomfort in the air. Not necessarily coming from Randy and Nick, but from the entity. From the vibe itself.”

Most importantly, Buxton feels that he’s finally picking up speed on a long road littered with talented but unsung wreckage. And make no mistake, Buxton is monstrously talented. “It’s been this cliché for the last two years, everywhere I’ve been,” he says. “ ”˜You’re gonna be doing so awesome, you’re on the verge, you’re so hot right now, someone’s just gonna scoop you any second.’ This has been the last two years of my life. But this moment in t - The Georgia Straight


Discography

Debut-Seraphic Lights LP
DB Buxton-The Orpheans- Ellison's Tomb LP
DB Buxton Revue-No Refund EP

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Bio

In 1994 a young DB Buxton dropped out of school in Edmonton to pursue his passion of music. At an early age of 13 he began to busk on the streets as means to survive. He played through -30 C winters and taunts by passerbys. Although his path was tough, it gave him the opportunity to learn his talent to a level that surpasses many guitar players out there today.

Seraphic Lights formed in the summer of 2012 by the partnership of D.B. Buxton and wunderkind guitarist and singer-songwriter Katelyn Molgard.
After Migrating to Toronto from Vancouver in August of 2012 they were joined by musician Michelle Puska on drums.

Combining strong blues, folk, Psych and gospel influences with a love of classic pop, this three piece will leave you craving more with their unique three part vocal harmonies and DB Buxton's skill of playing bass and guitar simultaneously.

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