German noise technicians Buzz Rodeo’s first sonic masterpiece “SPORTS” re-released for the first time in the United States! An absolute must have for vinyl fetishists and fans of modern noise. This trio is influenced by art rock from the 80’s and 90’s as well as modern math rock, noise, and the avante garde. For fans of Shellac, Cop Shoot Cop, Drive Like Jehu, etc. Limited edition of 150 on gold vinyl.
If you have been waiting to order this but, did not want to pay for international shipping, now’s your chance! This release has different art than the European version as well as two extra tracks and a collectible coin. Jackets hand screened by FGC creative. This variant is only available in the United States and won’t last long. Essential. Free Shipping in the U.S.
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Ships out 12/15/2017
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Buzz Rodeo, “The Gap,” from Sports (Radio is Down/Whosbrain, 2015)
I knew absolutely nothing about Buzz Rodeo when they got in touch with us several weeks ago, other than:
Their debut full-length, Sports, obviously shares its name with the 1983 Huey Lewis and the News classic.
One of their labels, Whosbrain Records, has also been home to some other great and underrated bands such as Gentle Veincut and Joe 4.
These Germans may call themselves an “art-punk trio,” but be not concerned, ’cause they sound more like Grade A noise rock to me: warm, spacious, natural recording; hard-hitting bass runs; skronky riffing; shouted/spoken vocals mixed deep in with the instruments; flawless song titles like “Pretty Lousy Bastard”… you can’t lose with that winning combination!
Sports is available on limited edition LP or CD, each with a different 3D “sports” emblem on the cover, which is a really cool and unique touch. You’d have to be a “pretty lousy bastard” not to check this out, so stream or purchase via Bandcamp.
By Andrew Aversionline
Shiny Grey Monotone:
Start with ‘Umber’ era Bitch Magnet, then work in a less mathy version of Trumans Water, a less bass-y and staccato version of Shellac, some Six Finger Satellite, and give it a bit of that Midwest Big’n drive. It comes out very “nineties”, but as a compliment, in so much as the nineties put a fine point on what post-hardcore music sounds like, with it’s noise rock and math rock and indie rock, and rock rock and all that. Buzz Rodeo is a throw back for sure, but they’ve thrown back to a particular sweet spot in contemporary music, so I’m not complaining.
Very well played, very well balanced, and very enjoyable all the way around. Highly recommended.
Perte & Fracas:
Chevauchée fantastique avec le nouveau et fougueux groupe Buzz Rodeo en provenance de Stuttgart. […] Buzz Rodeo, c’est le versant plus noise-rock avec un doigt de post-punk (non, ce n’est pas vulgaire), la rencontre de McLusky, Bear Claw, Bastro, Ten Grand et d’un obscur groupe américain adoré par ici, Miniwatt, dans le genre mécanique infaillible, coupante, précise et rutilante. Le trio Buzz Rodeo apporte ensuite de la véhémence, de l’enthousiasme tempéré avec juste ce qu’il faut de noirceur et dureté, une touche de rock’n’roll pour apporter de la chaleur dans nos petits cœurs et surtout, l’art d’emballer des morceaux en trois fois rien de temps avec le riff qui sonne juste, l’harmonie qui fait décoller la compo, la rythmique véloce qui tabasse mais point trop n’en faut. Des titres comme Arkansas, The Gap, Movie Star, Brick Lane ou Station 41, c’est l’idée d’un chanson noise-rock parfaite, un enfilage de perles en toute simplicité avec un dosage parfait entre rudesse et fluidité, angularité et légèreté, les codes en vigueur et sa petite musique personnelle, la tête et les jambes. Un disque pressé à 100 malheureux exemplaires avec différents médaillons collés sur la pochette. Pour l’exemplaire n°67, c’est uchi mata, soit à quelque chose près, l’effet que ce disque procure sur notre pauvre carcasse qui en a pourtant entendu d’autres.
Aggressive, powerful, frantic, scratching and clawing rock.
Pure energy thwacking you in the skull and kicking you in the stumps!
You’ll find some buzzsaw sounds on this tasty treat similar to Shellac, Sonic Youth, Drive Like Jehu.
So if’n yer into to those bands and good things to make your day better, then chug this down pronto.
10 Fucking Stars:
This German band reminds me of the ‘90s so much that I’m shocked the music is coming out of mp3s and not a cassette. That was my first impression. My second was that Buzz Rodeo sounds kinda like Shellac, but mostly reminds of STNNNG.
The Stuttgart trio doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it also doesn’t try to cover their weaknesses with being balls-out crazy, like a poor man’s Pissed Jeans. It stands out in a positive way among the contemporary wave of noise rock bands.
11 good songs – they probably wouldn’t be hurt by some Electrical Audio production.
Built on a Weak Spot:
Buzz Rodeo is a band that I already felt rather familiar with despite not hearing a single note prior to the groups debut album Sports. The reason being that it contains member Ralf Schmidt, who has a notable past in bands like Bhang Dextro, Are We Electric?, Mink Stole and Tiger Shower Caps…all of which have shared some common traits…one constant being that they were noisy to some degree or another. With Buzz Rodeo, I’d say that it’s easily the most post-hardcore influenced project that Mr. Schmidt has taken part in, as Sports wastes little space and time while blowing through eleven tracks of furiously paced jagged rock jams that is in line with groups like Fatal Flying Guilloteens, early-Call Me Lightning, Bear Claw, and of course Drive Like Jehu. If that’s what you’re looking for then you’ll likely find Sports to be a solidly consistent effort. It’s likely not going to surprise, but it by no means disappoints and is worth the run through if this is within the realm of musical interest to those out there.