It is tough to tell what you’re going to get from a Buke and Gase show. Their sound is so unique - owing to their practice of using homemade hybrid instruments like the “toe-bourine” and, of course, the eponymous ”buke” and “gase”– that one can never be entirely sure what they will be bringing to the table on any given night. However, the three things you can count on are: (1) it will be a one of a kind experience; (2) you will spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how exactly two people manage to generate that much sound with those weird instruments; and (3) Arone Deyer’s voice will blow you away.
What the audience got last Wednesday at DC9 was an eclectic, high energy set that spanned the breadth of Buke and Gase’s growing catalog, from last year’s standout Riposte to the recently released Function Falls, as well as new material from the band’s forthcoming LP General Dome. Indeed, the band seemed to be experimenting with their material, eschewing the traditional concert flow (and overt promotion of their new EP) in favor of looser, more discursive sonic experiments.