Tyler Boney (vocals/guitar), Matt Angelides (vocals/bass guitar), Dan Shade (drums) and Eric Ahern (lead guitar) are Butternut. They only formed in 2019 and recently released a four-song self-titled EP Butternut. They mention: “This EP is the sound of a new band coming together and finding out what we want to be. There are recording experiments, and different recording environments that give each song a feel of its own.” I would say that’s how I felt listening to these songs so it’s good the band sort of understands where they are at.
“I Woke Up” is the first and also the highlight. This song is very similar to power pop that was very popular around twenty-five years ago. I was in high school at that time and have vivid memories of this type of sound popping up on MTV. This song does sound influenced by the band Weezer. The song is like a stream of consciousness. I thought the best part was the memorable hook. There are some minor issues with timing but for the most part they sound like a raw live band.
“I Used to Love You” is a little more somber but again a very power pop influence. The band Weezer certainly came to mind again when they started rocking out. Truth be told, the lyrics reminded me of the heartbreak songs that Rivers Cuomo would write.
“Never for Nothing” is a little more Americana sounding. It revolves around a couple jangly chords, a driving beat, a steady bass and solid vocals. They lose the drums on “Crying Fools and Bleeding Hearts.” The song contains strummed acoustic guitar and vocals.
As an engineer and producer myself, I would say this sounds like a standard home recording. I heard the common issues I usually hear. On that note they did a solid job capturing the songs and giving us an idea of what they are capable of.
The band can write a good song. They don’t have a signature sound but as they mention they are still figuring all that out. I would say this band is currently showing some potential and perhaps more importantly seem to be having a good time doing it which in my opinion is the most important thing. There’s some talent here and I look forward to hearing more as they evolve.
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