Buke and Gase
"It doesn't happen very often that we find out about an emerging rock band that is absolutely mind blowing, both on record and live. BUKE & GASE is such a band."
-- Deli Magazine
Brooklyn-based BUKE (byook) & GASE (gace) are Arone Dyer on the "buke" (a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele) and Aron Sanchez on the "gase" (a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation). Both of them play double duty, also mobilizing a small army of foot percussion. These instruments are then filtered through various pedals, amplifiers and homemade inventions to create a surprisingly complex sound. Dyer's supermelodic vocal lines weave through the beautiful yet unwieldy musical matter, balancing light and dark, calamity and control. Their musical multi-tasking makes for live shows that are visually unexpected and sonically explosive.
Discovered and signed by members of The National in 2009, the duo's sound is specially-formed from their distinctive homemade gear: a bass drum with an integral snare drum and tambourine, ankle-played bells, toe-bourine, a cameo-ing homemade bulbul tarang and, of course, the eponymous buke and gass. For the geekly inclined: the buke and the gass both have multiple audio outputs that either go to their respective amps or are managed by various audio mixers, distortion boxes, and pitch shifters. (NOTE: no loop pedals are used, every sound is made live.)
Having put out lauded releases such as +/- (2009), Riposte (2010), General Dome (2013) and had successful showings at Hostess Weekenders and a tour supporting Battles, the duo returns to Asia.
Buke And Gase have performed festivals and stages throughout North America and Europe with: Deerhoof, Death Grips, Flying Lotus, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Tinariwen, Extra Life, Daniel Higgs, Owen Pallett, Tune Yards, Reggie Watts, The National, Mission of Burma, Talk Normal, The Ex.
Festival appearances: All Tomorrow's Parties, Moogfest, Big Ears, Hostess Weekenders, Bang On A Can, Pop Montreal, Cross-Linx, Fusion Fest and more.