7 Minutes in Heaven with: The Builders and The Butchers
“It’s a new year and we’re anxious to see what up and coming bands and artists might make our top ten lists this year. We also realize a need to bring you more face-time with bands, not just giving you our opinions, but allowing the bands to make their case and let you decide if you want to hear more. So we’re launching “7 Minutes In Heaven with…,” an interview series dedicated to introducing new bands to you guys. It’s a really simple concept: 7 questions answered by the bands, telling you a little about who they are, their music, and what makes 2011 their breakout year. Think of this as your meet and greet–if you like the bands, let us know!” -Beth Yeckley, Head of Interviews for TheBlueIndian.com
Artist Site: http://www.myspace.com/thebuildersandthebutchers
Westcoasters The Builders and The Butchers aren’t your average folk band—they’ve got all the fixins but surprise with a harder hitting rock tempo and a sharper vocal presence from lead singer, Ryan Sollee. The music resonates a touch of Southern Gothic, tall-tale historical narratives, and dark, brooding qualities—maybe Jack White meets Punch Brothers?
1. Where are you from and how long have you been making music?
I am from Anchorage, Alaska. I first started playing guitar when I was 14; started my first band at 16.
2. Describe your sound in 5 words.
Gothic Americana Gospel Rock and Roll
3. Who would you say are your top 3 musical influences?
Tom Waits, Leadbelly, Rolling Stones
4. If you had to choose one song from your albums that our readers have to hear, what would it be and why?
“Out of the Mountain” from our new record Dead Reckoning. Everyone is playing their best, it’s our best composition, and a really fun song to play live.
5. What were 5 of your favorite albums from 2010?
Lovers – Dark Light
A.A. Bondy – When The Devils Loose
Nick Jaina – A Bird in the Opera House
Run On Sentence – You, the Darkness, and Me
Pancake Breakfast – Pancake Breakfast
6. Name a band that we might not have heard of yet but should definitely check out.
Run On Sentence!
7. What’s big and exciting for you in 2011?
Touring the US with our new best friends Damion Suomi and the Minor Profits, touring Europe, spending as much time as possible fishing.