The Builders and the Butchers - Western Medicine
02 May, 2013
We are very pleased to present an epic album from The Builders and the Butchers! On The Builders and the Butchers' record, Western Medicine, they set off to create an album that built layers around the already powerful electrified-folk sound they have honed over the years. They spent nearly a full month in the studio with producer/engineer Dylan Magierek (STRFKR, Mark Kozelek, Lovers) to fully explore the dark and twisted terrain that became Western Medicine. Influenced largely by the post-apocalyptic writing of Cormac McCarthy, the new album delves deep into epic sonic territory that The Builders had yet to venture.
“The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as The Road. But the Butchers have always been at their best when relating tales of a world gone aflame, and Medicine hardly deviates from the doom and gloom of the band’s past efforts. The slow-burning opener, “Blood Runs Cold,” and the banjo-burgeoning “Watching the World” squirm with the group’s signature brooding despair. Other tracks, such as “The Snow” and “Pennies in the Well,” carry the same weight amid a cannonade of western guitar and Morricone-style trumpet. Despite the dreariness, the commanding “Redemption Sound” and the honky-tonk closer, “Take Me Home,” offer stirring relief in a dirty, gospel-like fashion, more apt for the aging saloons of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels than No Country for Old Men. Still, there’s a certain beauty in
darkness, and the Butchers play it well.” - Willamette Week
ORDER NOW ON CD for $12.99.
And with every LP order, we'll throw in a free four song promo EP that includes Barcelona, Vampire Lake and two more tunes. Contact us for LP orders outside the U.S. Check out a track or two from Western Medicine at: http://soundcloud.com/badmanrecordingco