This is it. Here goes nothin'. 12 songs, 12 weeks. It's harder than it sounds. Song number 12: The Goodbye Song. (click image below to download the song).
When I approached Matt about this project a few months back it was on a bit of a whim. Inspired by late nights sitting up listening to the demo versions of these songs, I came into an idea that both Matt and I thought was a little bit crazy. To be honest, the idea came out of a place in desperation. We hadn't released anything new, played live in awhile, or done much past writing and getting together for an occasional brainstorm. Things weren't dead, but we'd hit some snags. Some desperation came out of the fact that around this time Bekki and I officially made the decision to take a year away from Chicago. Of course, the reaction by close friends and family to this announcement was "will the band be breaking up?" to which I forcefully replied "no." But there seemed to be an exhaustion of direction. Each plan was met with subsequent reasons why it couldn't happen from each of us.
We take for granted the American entertainment machine. We're bombarded with entertainment -- new songs, ideas, tv shows, movies, books, radio interviews. Sometimes I forget that someone sat down with a pen, wrote those songs, sang them, recorded them, convinced some friends to play along, paid hefty amounts of money to have it engineered. Entertainment is so easy that we forget that it is work. So it goes. It's work - let's get to work. We wanted to stick our necks out again, insert ourselves creatively back into the thick world of art, and play good music for you good people.
In some senses, this project was about admitting what we didn't have, shrugging off that loss, and celebrating what we did have. Foremost, we had one another and we had our songs. Matt's been learning to play the bass, I grew up a drummer before (as some drummers do) turning to the guitar. However stunted we might have been in our own recent lack of experience, the two of us seemed to be a band in and of ourselves. John, who is currently living in Germany, also had incredible gifts of visual art (in addition to his extremely-missed complex drum rhythm). So, we took what we had and made something of ourselves. We bought a little home recording equipment and brought some new material to life. Stark Naked Records (our new independent label) came to life. In light of future arrangements and commitments we gave ourselves a challenge. We, the people who had never ourselves recorded, mixed, mastered, and released our own music, would do it all ourselves. In 12 weeks. Now, had we said "In 12 weeks we'll release 12 songs" it might have turned out that the songs could be more polished or stylistically coherent. But we didn't want it to be. We had a few dollars in the band fund and 15-20 songs that were crying out to be recorded. We wanted to begin releasing them right away. It's been fun.
The album was produced, mixed, mastered, and recorded by Matt Cefalu and myself. It's been a delightful headache, of which I am entirely grateful to have been a part of. From hearing one friend say that our new tunes had inspired him to paint again, to hearing week-by-week from coworkers, distant friends, and relatives react to the new material, fills me with an overwhelming inspiration to do it all again. Now, technically, the project isn't quite over. We're taking the summer off (for travel, moving, relaxation, etc) but we'll be back at the mixing table (aka our computers) revisiting these songs come the fall. To be honest it's been a massive learning experience. There are things that happened on a technical level in "Rivers" that I scoff at now. Oh well, we were beginners. We'll fix those things (without ridding ourselves of delightful idiosyncrasies). It was produced, all told, within a budget of $400. There were constraints: money, time, prior commitments, life in general, unpolished songs (that needed revisiting) and distance. But I'm happy to say we've overcome those. We hope that in October/November 2012 to rerelease this album as a full project available for download.
So, enjoy "The Goodbye Song," reassured of a few things. First, this is not the end of Buckman Page. We'll continue to take lemons and make them into something, as we've managed to do for 6 (can you believe it?) years. Next, we love our listeners - you are greatly appreciated and adored by us. I wrote this song in March 2012, just after Bekki and I learned we'd be moving back to the west coast for a year. Tearfully, it seemed a fitting end to the work Matt and I had been putting into the batch of new songs we now call the "12 week" project. In fact, it was listening to a demo of this song one late night three months ago that drove a whim to begin this project.
"We'll end it on the highest note that we can sing"
I refuse to despair for this 'end'. This is an adventure. Stay tuned.
Thanks for stickin' with us. 11 down, 1 to go. We can't believe it's almost over. Well, here you have it. Song number 11: Guilty. (click image below to download the song).
One of the beautiful things about this project has been the venue its given us to really explore reaches of songwriting and recording we hadn't quite gone before. Taking chances with each song week by week and really obsessing over them has been pretty fun. Each song feels like an entire album's work in itself sometimes, but that might just be us. We've had "Guilty" tucked away in the back end of the list of hopefuls for awhile now. This seemed like an appropriate time to bring it out.
I wrote this song in June of 2011. It was around the time that I couldn't quite stop playing "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke's version) on the piano. Also, I've got an LP of Otis Redding's performance of "Try a Little Tenderness" (Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival) that had caught my attention. I'd sit up for hours drinking red wine listening to that song over and over, tiring out my poor old record player. What captivated me was the range, brought about not only by the vocal melody but by rhythm and words, and the sheer musicianship and poet-mastery. After singing the hell out of those songs on my own I began to wonder why, exactly, they elicited such strong emotions within me. But trying to say why exactly you love something is like explaining a joke. It's best just to leave it alone, or else you'll kill it. So go listen to those songs, try them out.
The struggle between reality ("It's been a long time coming") and the hope (But I know change is gonna come") is what gets to me, what keeps me coming back for more, honestly, over and over.
"There's been times that I thought I couldn't last for long - Now I think I'm able to carry on"
Couple that lyricism with a performance of melodies so vivid and fraught with emotion that you nearly can't choke out the words. It's captivating.
Enjoy "Guilty" in its own right. We're not trying to recreate either of those great songs or even come close. Rather, I'd like to add to the dwindling pool of hope out there these songs belong to. I can't say that "A Change is Gonna Come" brought me up from some amorphous dredges of despair, but it did inspire hope. If that's the best we can do with our music, so be it. In fact, if you listen close, that's Buckman Page in a nutshell.
One more to go.
Friday, again. We're quickly approaching the end of the project, ladies and gentlemen. Here we have the next release in our 12 songs project. Song number 10: A Clam's Song. (click image below to download the song).
It can be difficult for those of us with Northern European blood running through our veins to express ourselves frankly. I have trouble with that. Mix a little exposure to criticism and cliche art, a wince or two at obvious attention-grabbing Hollywood emotional tear-jerkers and you've got my worst fears down. Frankly, I am so afraid of cliche that it stops me from getting any kind of point across. I don't mean to sound self-deprecating here, it's a real struggle. Lyricism is a battle between inspiration, reality, and the pop tune you heard walking down the street this morning (or, more simply, that damn song you just can't get out of your head because it's too easy). Eventually, all these things catch up with you, bleeding into the music you pray is at least somewhat original.
I can't remember what we were arguing about. That's the dangerous thing about arguments. At some point they become a false pissing contest to see who can outlast the other. I sat down and wrote this song as an explanation, out of frustration for my lack of humility and ability to open up. "I wish you'd grab your shovel and find me here." This song is an attempt at the notion that to censor ourselves out of fear of being wrong, or cliche, or cheesy impairs our ability to get to the heart of the truth. Phrases like "I'm afraid," "I'm an idiot," "I'm selfish sometimes," and "I really like you," are ones we hear all the time. But sometimes it's the best we can do to explain ourselves. This song is like that. It's the best I could do at the moment to get at what was really going on.
Take care of each other.
It's that time, yet again. We really think this is a fun song. So, we hope you enjoy it. Song number 9: Hole in Your Heart. (click image below to download the song).
Here's a good example of a song that shows what's extraordinary about this project. Much of the sound was crafted and inspired by the recording atmosphere and circumstances. What we recorded over the course of the week might not have sounded anything like this had we recorded it last week or 2 months ago.
There's an electric guitar. That wasn't planned. This song was initially supposed to sound something more like "Rivers." Now it sounds like a back pages Neil Young songbook. I had first imagined mandolin, banjo, perhaps a touch of capo-fret-5 acoustic guitar lightly strumming the (now) super thick minor riff that really lays into the song.
But when Matt and I went to record drums for the song we couldn't quite hear it as an acoustic-back-woods kind of song. I said, "how about this?" playing a much thicker big rockin' beat; Matt nodded his head in approval. If you'd have heard the scratch track I played over (a scratch track is the initial track that you layer everything else over. In this case it was me and my acoustic guitar, strumming along kindly) you wouldn't think this direction intuitive. But here we are. From the studio we went to Matt's apartment, where he laid down the bass line, quite nicely in fact. From there recorded the guitar work at full blast, full of bluesy distortion (sorry neighbors). It was glorious, in a way because of the week I'd been having.
The faults in others I despise most are generally those I sense in myself. This song my kind of release valve for that frustration and shame.
Take care of each other, folks. Hope you're enjoying the tunes. Feel free to create a playlist with these songs (after downloading them) and submitting your favorite album order. We're accepting ideas. Album names?
Once again, thanks for your willful ears and all of your support. 8 songs down; 4 to go. Song number 8: Smart Boy. (click image below to download the song).
This tune is another one written by Marcus' brother, Martin and sort of came to us on a whim. It definitely strays a little bit from the path of traditional BP songs in terms of content and structure, not just because none of the members of the band have any kids. This song portrays the musical stylings of his 3 year old son, Jonah, and Martin was nice enough provide us with a few of his own notes about it: "Hilde (my 8 year old daughter) first had the idea for a song called "smart boy." She and I noticed that there are songs called "Stupid Girl" (Rolling Stones), "Stupid Boy" (Gear Daddies), "Smart Girl" (Jonathan Rundman) and "Smart Girls" (Weezer). So she said we should write a "Smart Boy" song.
Both of their birthdays are this week (Jonah was 3 on Monday, Hilde will be 8 on Saturday). So this song is good timing for them."
Despite the fact that I don't personally have any children of my own right now, the boy (Jonah) in this song demonstrates so much of the beauty of innocence we all had once when we were young.
It's a beautiful song that brings a couple of things to mind-
For one, music is something that people, in general, can enjoy at virtually every age level. I remember dancing around to Raffi's nonsensical rhymes about fruit, dinosaurs, the sun, and so forth, and I know that when I did, I was probably having the time of my life. I do the same thing now (not necessarily dancing to Raffi) and I know I'll be doing the same thing when I have grand-kids.
For another, it's easy to forget that just because a person is very young, it doesn't mean they aren't still capable of doing amazing things. A lot of potentially beautiful self-expression in this world is never created or shared due to fear of judgement. But when you're too young to understand what judgement is, it doesn't matter. You bang on pots and pans and ad-lib songs about anything and everything around you and you don't care who watches or listens when you do. Mostly, you're having fun and doing it for your own benefit.
I'd like to think we're employing the same philosophy with this project.
Keep on rockin' We'll do the same.
It's been a wild week. But as usual, we have a new song for you. Here it is. Song number 7: Laughing Over Storm Clouds. (click image below to download the song).
Thanks for listening. It's been quite a week of recording, but we've made it. This song falls outside the realm of usual BP tone and rhythm. That said, it feels great to release this one. We're trying to explore the reaches of our songwriting through the 12 song project, and I don't feel like we've been here quite yet. 7 songs down, 5 to go.
About the song: The character (narrator of the song) goes through a transition from anger to frustration, to acknowledging his own shortcomings and finally giving way to a bit of reality. I was listening to a lot of Weezer when I wrote and conceived of this song. You can hear that in the thumpy riffing guitar in front of the laid back yet delightfully heavy drums. It had been a tough week beforehand, and traveling between the west coast and midwest on a bumpy airline ride, there was a lot to think about. Somewhere in there we passed over a major storm system that really shook me up - (Mr. Cefalu can tell you, I'm not the greatest airplane passenger --- my palms sweat a lot). After awhile the turbulence became worse, but, when looking over the storm system, I giggled a bit at my own fear and frustration. There are two sides of fear - reality, and perception of reality. The realization seemed to speak to a larger problem in my own troubles.
By the time my plane landed at O'Hare, I had written part of this song, the rest to be completed on the blue line (CTA) ride back home.
Halfway there, folks. We figured we deserved a beer to celebrate. What better way to do that than while listening to a beer song. Following our old Buckman Page tradition, we have a new beer song for you. Here it is. Song number 6: What We'll Remember. (click image below to download the song).
Loads of great Thirsty songs came to mind as we debated and deliberated which one to play for this album. "Fake ID," "Sunday in Indiana," "Baby's First," and "What Would Another One Hurt?" all came to mind. Yet, though these are truly great songs, something about them didn't quite speak to Buckman Page's experience as a group. In fact, we deliberated about it for so long that this week's release was recorded quite late in the week... and we got a bit nervous there for a while that it might not happen. Seriously. But here we are, it's Friday, and you've got another great tune waiting for your ears.
As of this week, we've officially completed HALF of the songs. 6 weeks down, 6 to go. It's been a blast so far, though not without it's challenges. Some weeks it feels like there's more than enough time to record loads of tracks without hurry, other weeks get a little tight (like this week) - and we're forced to do our best, quickly. That's alright. Occasionally, we remind one another that we set out to perform these songs in 12 weeks for fun. With that in mind, it seemed to be a good week for a beer song to bring some light-heartedness into the atmosphere.
Looking over the memories of Buckman Page, there was loads of beer, sweet beer. From dingy rehearsal spaces lined with cans of beer to equally dingy basements where crowds of half-drunken strangers swayed, arm-in-arm, to the sounds of Beer Valley. We'd like to dedicate this song to those who have shared one (or many) of those delicious frothy beverages with us. It's always a pleasure.
As always, thanks for listening folks. Take care of each other.
We are almost halfway into the project. Can you believe it? Well, here you go everyone! Song number 5: Paradise Gone. (click image below to download the song).
Some songs are written over long periods of time. BP songs like "Don't Forget About Me," "Turpentine Dreams," and "Skies" took a few months or years of revising and rewriting to finally make sense. Others, like "Stark Naked," "More Careful," and this song, "Paradise Gone," are written quickly, sometimes frantically, out of desperation, in whole.
The summit of innocence is dreamy and gold A chapter of tears, as the long story's told
More to come next week. Take care of each other.
We are one month into this project, and can happily say things are going great. This song is pretty old, but it was never released. Song number 4: Coal Train to Canada. (click image below to download the song).
We've been playing this song in practice for years, but weren't content enough to release it. It's seen tons of variations and at one point had an extended, loose, and trippy jam section in the middle. Nothing seemed to be perfect enough.
But alas, upon going back to the original rendition, the song simply worked.
We hope you enjoy it.
It's been a long week. But, here is the result. Tried a few new things out with this one. Enjoy! Song number 3: Crocus. (click image below to download the song).
This song's history began with a line I just couldn't shake:Every day I wake up further from home
When Buckman Page decided to move to Chicago I don't think I fully understood what we were doing. All of a sudden we went from playing to crowds of 100+ enthusiastic college fans cheering and singing along to nothing - - absolutely nothing. We got gigs at dying bars trying to pick up business in February with the "Tuesday evening crowd" (if you know what I mean). The line, "every day I wake up further from home" came out of that time, though it doesn't appear directly in this song. Over and over I wrote song after song where the crux of the lyrics were "every day i wake up further from home," but nothing seemed to make sense. That happens. Sometimes the songs you want to exist just can't. And that's ok.
A few years after giving up on that song, I was walking toward Lake Shore Drive, about to cross under the drive and onto Promontory Point (in Hyde Park). It was a gloomy early March day. The Point, in my view across a busy 4 lane highway, had a thin backdrop of white dreary fog - I hated every minute of it. But I persisted, if only to wallow. Walking the path onto the point, a distant Chicago skyline, dreary and foggy, came into view to the north. I hated Chicago for a minute. I hated winter and the cold and the fog; there are 2 - 3 months of winter here that I'm just not used to. I've lived in the midwest for seven years and I still can't adapt - (thank God for a warm winter 2012). It had never been clearer that I was far from home -
where my summer nights were spent
in the stars, in (the) blue mountains
in a field with all my friends.
This new, flat, mountainless, starless, seemingly soulless, city left me feeling as if i'd wandered into a reality I couldn't explain or escape. My face beaten cold from the wind I headed back home, defeated and lost in a city that didn't seem to care. Since I can remember I've always let out a thick belly laugh at the site of a crocus. Seeing a crocus pop up in Spring makes me forget winter for a split second. That year I saw, for the first time in Chicago, a crocus poke its head through a pile of 2-week-old big-city (blackned) snow and I let out a laugh. However unnatural this poor little flower seemed against a backdrop of soot and fog, I didn't care - maybe I wasn't far from home. It's hard to believe it's already been a week since we released Rivers. Thanks for listening. Here we go again. We hope you enjoy it. Song number 2: The Hard Road. (click image below to download the song). It's hard to write about what you've written. To quote good ol' Walt Whitman:
"Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting,
Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them,
And yet they expose me more an all my other poems." Out of the songs performed and recorded during the 12 song project this is one of the most recently written. A little arguing, a little nostalgia, a little regret, a little growing up. All the while I craved mercy. But for what it's worth this song seemed a fitting #2, and we do think carefully about how we go about constructing our albums. It's a little pop quickie, just after a folk jingle about longing to be a better person. That seems about right. Today I'm afraid my voice is raised, not in courage, or hope, but in doubt. By the way, the next song hasn't been recorded. It's going to be a long week. Everybody walks the hard road. Take care of yourselves, enjoy the song. Here it is. Song number 1: Rivers (click image below to download the song).
in the stars, in (the) blue mountains
in a field with all my friends.
This new, flat, mountainless, starless, seemingly soulless, city left me feeling as if i'd wandered into a reality I couldn't explain or escape. My face beaten cold from the wind I headed back home, defeated and lost in a city that didn't seem to care. Since I can remember I've always let out a thick belly laugh at the site of a crocus. Seeing a crocus pop up in Spring makes me forget winter for a split second. That year I saw, for the first time in Chicago, a crocus poke its head through a pile of 2-week-old big-city (blackned) snow and I let out a laugh. However unnatural this poor little flower seemed against a backdrop of soot and fog, I didn't care - maybe I wasn't far from home. It's hard to believe it's already been a week since we released Rivers. Thanks for listening. Here we go again. We hope you enjoy it. Song number 2: The Hard Road. (click image below to download the song).
in a field with all my friends.
This new, flat, mountainless, starless, seemingly soulless, city left me feeling as if i'd wandered into a reality I couldn't explain or escape. My face beaten cold from the wind I headed back home, defeated and lost in a city that didn't seem to care. Since I can remember I've always let out a thick belly laugh at the site of a crocus. Seeing a crocus pop up in Spring makes me forget winter for a split second. That year I saw, for the first time in Chicago, a crocus poke its head through a pile of 2-week-old big-city (blackned) snow and I let out a laugh. However unnatural this poor little flower seemed against a backdrop of soot and fog, I didn't care - maybe I wasn't far from home.
It's hard to believe it's already been a week since we released Rivers. Thanks for listening. Here we go again. We hope you enjoy it. Song number 2: The Hard Road. (click image below to download the song).
It's hard to write about what you've written. To quote good ol' Walt Whitman: "Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting, Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them, And yet they expose me more an all my other poems."
Out of the songs performed and recorded during the 12 song project this is one of the most recently written. A little arguing, a little nostalgia, a little regret, a little growing up. All the while I craved mercy.
But for what it's worth this song seemed a fitting #2, and we do think carefully about how we go about constructing our albums. It's a little pop quickie, just after a folk jingle about longing to be a better person. That seems about right. Today I'm afraid my voice is raised, not in courage, or hope, but in doubt.
By the way, the next song hasn't been recorded. It's going to be a long week. Everybody walks the hard road.
Take care of yourselves, enjoy the song.
Here it is. Song number 1: Rivers (click image below to download the song).
This is an adventure; it's good to be recording again. We can't promise much, but we can say this: 12 songs, 12 weeks. We're itching to play these songs for you. If the lousy (unqualified) sound engineers at Stark Naked Records can't get the sound quite right, please forgive them. We're new at this.
"This song was written and completed in the fall of 2011. The chorus lyric 'If I was a man who's rivers were nameless' came into my head one cold fall afternoon on a walk back home through the streets of Hyde Park. It wasn't a song that lingered - it came and left quickly. Sometimes I imagine that my muses are coffee beans and days off, so that when I go to read in a cafe I always keep a handy blank notebook in my tote. When I got back home from my walk I sat down to write the lyrics to "Rivers" in their entirety. The tune isn't anything too special, just something to highlight the verse." - Marcus
We are about to embark on a 3 month voyage.
12 songs. 12 weeks.
Starting Friday, April 13th, we will release one new song per week. These tracks won't be polished in any sense of the word, rather, they will be a true representation of Buckman Page in the present. Pure, unfiltered, raw rock and roll music - songs that we're itching to play for you.
These will be offered to you on Facebook (via link), free of charge. Social media, here we come. Our last song will appear online the last week of June. The album has yet to be titled. Title proposals welcome.
All we ask is that you play it for your friends.
Well folks, it's been too long since we've played a show or even provided you all with any updates. So here is a small, but important update for you all:
The Band would like to graciously thank Dan Trubey (Bass 2007-2010), Eric Bell (Bass 2010-2011) and Al Neve (Lead Guitar 2009-2011) for all of their amazing contributions to Buckman Page throughout the last several years. Marcus, Matt, and John would like to wish them all the best in their current and future endeavors.
John Williamson (Drums 2007-Present) still maintains close ties with the band from abroad in Stuttgart, Germany, his current home as of February 2012. Rumor has it he has indeed discovered the true location of "Beer Valley."
Buckman Page still has more than enough material for another full length album and we will be working hard to bring new songs to life over the next several months.
So please stay tuned - as Buckman Page has most definitely NOT fallen off the face of the Earth.
We're less than week away from our next big Chicago show - a benefit concert on June 24th at Goose Island Brew Pub Wrigleyville. This benefit is co-hosted by Buckman Page and Lutheran Disaster Response, which is a relief organization coordinating a fund to help the victims of the tornado devastation in Joplin, MO and the surrounding region. (Click here for more information about LDS and the U.S. Severe Spring Storms fund)
This show is not only special because it's for such a great cause, but we also have several exciting things to offer our fans who attend this unique Buckman Page performance:
1. It's been a long time since we rolled-out a new line of Buckman Page t-shirts, and we're really pumped for you all to see what they look like. We don't want to give anything away, but let's just say they might contain some sort of beer motif...
2. We're very excited for the other item we will have for sale - Buckman Page Pint Glasses. Can you think of a more appropriate way to participate in Beer Valley than doing so while drinking from an official Buckman Page Pint Glass? Get one at our next show.
We'll also be raffling off an awesome merch and gift bundle that will include band merchandise as well as special gifts from the band members themselves. So be sure to make it out to the show June 24th at Goose Island to enter.
Lastly, we want to make sure we remember to thank everyone who has been so supportive of us in the last few years. We've come a long way and we hope to continue making that steady progress as we gain more recognition in Chicago and beyond. This benefit concert at Goose Island will be a great opportunity to come out and have a great time while supporting a worthwhile cause. Let's see what we can do to help.
Our first experience at Lasalle Power Co. was nothing short of awesome. It was thrilling to play for such a great crowd and we could feel the excitement of the audience, not to mention the top-notch lighting and sound. It was everything we could have hoped for. We want to reiterate our thanks to all those who attended and will continue bringing the shows as we move into the summer months.
We're very excited to let you know our next show will be at The Beat Kitchen on Thurs. June 9th, another venue we haven't played before, with a great band called Archie Powell and The Exports. This show launching their Summer tour and we look forward to helping them kick it off.
Don't forget that we'll also be returning to Goose Island Brew Pub in Wrigleyville on June 24th, and if you haven't made it out to a Buckman Page show at Goose Island yet, now is definitely the time.
Aside from the great shows we have coming up, we'll be getting some new merchandise for fans to enjoy in the near future and you might see us over the summer at a few festivals here and there. Stay tuned for more info and we'll see you at the next show!
It's finally summer and we can't help but think about the great opportunities we have for more shows in the next few months. I think we can all safely say that we won't be needing any more 30-day periods of overcast skies again any time soon.
Our next big show is tomorrow night (5/13/11 @ Lasalle Power Co.) and we are pumped for our debut there as the headliners. We hope to see you there!
Our EP is available on our BandCamp site as a free download for only a limited time, so make sure you go get it before we put it up on iTunes - buckmanpage.bandcamp.com
Keep checking back for more updates as we head into the summer months. We have some great shows in store for you to get your live music fix.
The EP release party for "Buckman Page: Extended Play" on Friday night concluded as successfully and as wonderfully as we could have hoped for. Thanks to all of you who came out to offer your unwavering support.
If you weren't able to make it out to the release party, you can listen to and/or purchase tracks from the new EP online here. We would love it if you would take to Facebook and Twitter to help us spread the word.
Stay tuned for more details on our next Chicago show at Lasalle Power Co. on May 13th. It will be our first appearance there and we're very excited to make our debut in just a few weeks.
For more info on shows of interest, check out www.swizzlesteve.com.
Ladies and Gentlemen...
The wait is finally over.
On Friday, April 8th at Goose Island Brew Pub in Wrigleyville, Buckman Page will be releasing our long overdue EP to the audience free of charge.
We're playing two sets: One from 10 pm to 10:45 and another from 11 pm to 11:30. BP will also be joined by fellow Chicago acts Snow on Sunday and The Inside Project.
This performance is not only very special because it marks the debut of a highly anticipated studio release of "Buckman Page: Extended Play," but it also gives the audience the opportunity to hear quite a few Buckman Page rarities, both older and newer.
Everyone who attends this show will be given an online code to download the new EP off of our Bandcamp website FOR FREE, but only for a limited time. Once the EP goes up on iTunes in a few months, it will then be available for purchase.
Help us spread the word and we'll see you there.
We feel really fortunate that we had the opportunity to play Lincoln Hall. It's obviously a bit of a change from the dank and drab fraternity basement we started out playing in at Valpo (though that basement will always hold a special place in our hearts). We had such a blast playing at Lincoln Hall in front of a wonderfully supportive crowd and are excited and hopeful to get to play there again in the near future.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we just want to reiterate that the new EP is still very close to being completed. For those of you that are suffering from great anticipation, we are doing our best to get it out soon, but we also want to make sure it sounds the best it possibly can. So hang tight, it's coming soon!
Keep an eye out for further updates on our website and on facebook, such as our next Chicago show at Lilly's and we're excited to be going back to Goose Island Wrigleyville on 4/8/11 for an exclusive two-set performance, and other info such as new merch and special promos.
Plus, we will soon be revealing the winner of the Lincoln Hall Buckman Page merch raffle!
We're just one day away from our debut at Lincoln Hall with Johnny Don't! of AM Taxi, Geoff Dolce and Sunfallen. This is most certainly going to be our biggest show to date, not just from the sheer number of attendees, but also the from the excitement and hype generated by all the promotion and word of mouth from you fans. Performing at Lincoln Hall is definitely exciting, but headlining with some cool acts, at a venue such as this, is really amazing.
Remember to download a flyer in order to get the $5 discount. Make sure to spread the word to your friends, as this is certainly going to be a lot of fun. We will be profesionally recording this show with interest in potentially releasing a live album. If you'd like to be a part of this, we'd love to hear you singing along to your favourite tunes. We'll bring the merch, you bring your dancin' shoes. Let's share a few drinks and enjoy ourselves to the fullest this Wednesday night.
P.S. The EP is still on the way. Stay tuned!
Tonight, Buckman Page had our first radio appearance since we moved to Chicago. Al, Marcus, and Matt represented the band in an hour long interview on Fearless Radio. We were featured on a show called "New Music Binge." We chatted for a while, listened to a couple tracks off our albums, and even performed a couple acoustic songs live. If you haven't done so yet, be sure to check out the interview/acoustic set.
You can listen to it here.
We're really excited about our show tonight at Goose Island in Wrigleyville. It's definitely one of our favourite venues to play in Chicago. We hope you can make it out!
We're going to be video recording again tonight to boost our live show video archive. Look for a nice compilation video in the near future. Also, we are working on a new segment of our website that involves you - Our fans. Basically, we are going to start asking for your input on why you enjoy Buckman Page. We really appreciate all of your support and want to feature our fans as much as we can. You are the reason we love making music. Stay tuned for more details.
Happy Holidays from Buckman Page!
Here's a little video of our new single, The Runaway, from our last show. Remember you can still download the song here. Enjoy!
Buckman Page concluded one of our most exciting Chicago shows this past Thursday night at the Double Door, and we could not be more thankful for all of the great support we received from our fans who came out to see us. We changed our set around a little and were excited to see how much the crowd got into it.
We were really glad that we took advantage of the opportunity to record this show on DVD and we'll make sure to get it up on the website for you to see as soon as we can. This Double Door show marked the release of our new single "The Runaway." Make sure to help spread the word to people that our single is available for free download here on our website.
Stay tuned for details about our next Chicago show at Goose Island Brew Pub in Wrigleyville on Jan. 14th.
Buckman Page is playing a the Double Door tonight. Head on over to our shows page to get more info! It's going to be a great show and we are really excited to be giving away our first track off the new EP.
We have a killer set planned for you. Also, we are recording a DVD of our live show. So bring your friends, have a few drinks, and enjoy the music. We look forward to seeing you there. If you can't make the show, head here to download the free song - The Runaway - for yourself.
Welcome to Buckman Page's brand new website!
This is the place you where you can find all the latest news on what Buckman Page is doing. We are still working out some of the kinks, but we are happy to finally have it online for you.