REVIEW: Buke and Gase - Function Falls

When your sound is as out there as the duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez, collectively known as Buke and Gase, typically is, there’s really no way of expecting what you’ll get next.  And probably the last thing you would expect would be to be a tight collection of songs that flirt mightily with pop hit-dom, but that’s exactly what the band’s latest EP Function Falls accomplishes.

Known for making their own instruments / using really whatever they see fit to make their music, Buke and Gase have always had the ability to coalesce the sounds they make, as intentionally agitating as they sometimes may be,  into something  that passes as familiar. On their previous efforts 2008’s +/- and 2010’s Riposte, the two turned out some proggy, hyper intelligent noise rock, and on Function Falls not much has changed, though you might say that the band took a turn towards the Evanesence.

That assessment is clearly said in jest, but it’s not entirely false. Strip away the bukeness of these songs and what you’re left with is some pretty powerful pop-rock. The complexity and richness of their sound is dialed up on “Misshapen Introduction,” “Fussrate” and “Tending The Talk” -  the three new songs that make up the bulk of the EP - but so is the sense of fun. And therein lies the genius of this band. Arone Deyer’s seemingly limitless vocal abilities are on full display, and while they are being deployed for the forces of weird, it’s not hard to imagine the two turning out a club hit ala Rhianna or Ke$ha. Ending the four song set with a fairly faithful take on the New Order classic “Blue Monday,” Buke and Gase seem to recognize this and if anything it demonstrates not only that they’ve got the chops but they know their history.

As it stands Function Falls serves as not only a transition piece for band, as most EP’s do, but also as gateway into the groups weird world of homemade instruments and atonal bangers. If you’ve never listened to the band then this is as good an entry point as ever.  But just because Falls is more accessible doesn’t mean that its creators have compromised an inch of what makes Buke and Gase such a great band. As such, this bite size nugget of innovative, invigorative rock should be more than enough to hold fans over till their next full length effort coming early next year.