WE ARE REELING IN THE YEARS

Posted on | October 27, 2015 | No Comments

Reeling off a string of successful shows with packed audiences (the Empire Theatre, The Cobolt Club, Period Modern), Buttercup is well-burnished and feeling renewed.   Erik even had a sold out “artist luncheon” for Buttercup’s collaborative work with Chris Sauter for Luminaria.

But then we suffered a catastrophe – it rained and the wind and water destroyed our sculpture in the making.

Our piece that we are making with Chris Sauter is called “Plato’s Drums.”  We have now re-built (first wall was destroyed) a giant free standing wall in an abandoned space.   Sauter, with our help, is cutting holes in the wall and out of the drywall material fashioning a sculpture of a drumset.  It is a actual sized replica of Buttercup’s drumset, that odie purchased for $100 at a garage sale.    Negative space becomes drums.

Chris filmed Buttercup (Erik, Joe Reyes and odie) playing drums.   This video will be projected onto the wall and through the holes in the wall.  Projections will come from both sides and will fight it out in the middle.
Buttercup will set up on the side of the wall opposite the drum kit sculpture.  We will perform a 7 song set, to prerecorded backing tracks.   “Plato’s Drums” is a nod to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where a group of men are shackled to a wall and cannot see what is going on behind them.  They only see shadows on the wall cast by the puppeteers behind.  So Buttercup wrote several new songs and rerecorded a few other old songs to fit this theme.  Our songs for the piece are about misinterpretation, blindness, the ego and drumming.   One is about Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. The date for the performance/unveiling is yet to be announced, but will happen in early November.
It’s definitely different from any previous performance.
Here is a video of our song “Anti-antarctica” done in collaboration with Chris Sauter.  It is similar in many ways to “Plato’s Drums.”  https://vimeo.com/132019904
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WE PLAYED A SHOW AT THE CRACK OF DAWN

Posted on | October 9, 2015 | No Comments

920x920Thank you, good morning!” yelled frontman Erik Sanden at the end of Buttercup’s Daybreaker gig. In a hypnagogic state, compounded by a touch of morning alcohol and the feeling of seeing something very unique, Buttercup’s performance at the Cobalt Club was one of the best shows I’ve seen since coming to San Antonio.

It’s a simple concept, but one that’s taken a long time to execute. Cobalt Club, that daytime fortress of vice on McCullough, opens at 7 a.m. Buttercup, always looking for the next foolish way to up themselves, booked a gig for the opening hour.

The dive of dives was surprisingly packed, with people wrapped around the center island of the Cobalt bar. “The question is: who just woke up and who’s been up?” asked Blayne Tucker, managing partner of Do210. Given the number of pajamas and Panama Jack apparel in the crowd, it’s probably the former, though I did catch a few whiffs of breath that betrayed the evidence of an all-nighter. Either way, the Cobalt supplied Taco Cabana breakfast tacos in those odd TC pizza boxes. Did they design those just to confuse stoners?

At the back of the bar, Buttercup charted through an hour of idiosyncratic pop. In footy pajamas and work clothes, the San Anto vets pulled off their impossibly specific tunes, riding the vibe of one of their best shows in years (Sanden claimed it was the second best show they ever played). Towards the end of their set, singing of a love/hate relationship with alcohol, Sanden hopped on the bar, strut around, shot some tequila and did a surprising number of pushups.

This morning, the relationship with booze tipped toward love. Though in a few hours when he’s suffering through a brunch hangover, it may be hate again.

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND

Posted on | October 6, 2015 | No Comments

Buttercup was blown away by the throngs of fans that roused themselves to attend a 7am concert last Friday, Oct. 2.  Check out this apt description from Matt Steib, editor of the Current.

Thanks to all of you that came out so early to rock with us.

buttercup at the cobalt 10-2-15 photo by lucian lodico

buttercup at the cobalt 10-2-15 photo by lucian lodico

ERIK SANDEN SOLO

Posted on | September 26, 2015 | No Comments

ERIK SANDEN PERFORMS A SOLO SET OF ORIGINAL SONGS SATURDAY SEPT 26 @ THE 1011 FOR THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT MUSIC AWARDS, BEST SONGWRITER SHOWCASE.

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