Drink Up Buttercup is one of my favorite new bands right now; I love their distinct aesthetic for rhythm and how all four members seem to totally get it as a sound of their own, which seems to happen less often than you’d think, I guess. I met with them in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, just as the sun was just setting, and they were on their way back to Philadelphia after playing a few New York shows. They’d come in their tour van that “wolf howler” Farzad Houshiarnejad described as “nothing but trouble”, though he wasn’t quite referring to the the two shiny trash cans that were peaking out of it while they unloaded more portable instruments like a keyboard and a tambourine.
The band jumped right into playing a new untitled song while walking in no particular direction, only to realize halfway through that the guitar singer James Harvey had borrowed from their manager Simon Henderson, and which set the key for the song, was tuned way lower than normal. They carried on anyway, but we decided to re-shoot the song by an abandoned (and scattered) pile of clothing, after which they sang “Lovers Play Dead” on our way to the waterfront, where Simon found a discarded ironing board for Ben Money to put his keyboard on. Then they played “Sosey & Dosey”. While Farzad was lighting a cigarette afterward, they burst into a traditional Polish tune, which was probably my favorite part of the whole evening. When I asked if any one of them was Polish, they all affirmed some degree of Polish heritage, except for 18-year-old, half-Ukranian drummer Mike Cammarata, who said with a noteworthy delivery, “I’ve got nothing”.
Secret Garden is a video series produced by Hooves on the Turf, in which we meet with a band to film them performing a few songs outside the context of a regular show. You can view the full video archive here.
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Honey Honey, Lovers Play Dead
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Sosey & Dosey, Polish Heritage
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