Buddy (band)

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Buddy
Buddy performing in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 2, 2008.jpg
Background information
Origin Portland, Oregon & Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Indie pop, Wimpycore
Years active 2005–present
Labels indie, Stove Punchin' Records
Associated acts Gary Jules, Ian Ball, Meiko, Duncan Sheik, Joe Purdy
Website

Official site

Current members: Buddy, Will Golden, Michael Jerome, Percy Haverson, Fil Krohnengold, Al Sgro

Buddy is an indie pop group from Los Angeles, California formed in 2006 and named after the lead singer.

Band members[edit]

Additional members

Bio[edit]

Sometimes to find the real beginning of something you have to begin again. That’s how it was for Buddy on the Los Angeles indie pop group’s second album. After the release of the band’s debut album, Alterations and Repairs, in 2007, the musicians were riding high, encouraged by the response to the music so far. Formed by Buddy, a Portland-born musician who relocated to Los Angeles in 2002, the band evolved from an acoustic project to a full-fledged rock outfit. It was an aesthetic that the group, which came together in 2006 when Buddy was asked to open for Tommy Stinson but couldn’t play guitar with a broken arm and needed a backing band, honed during their live shows on stages around LA and on tour across the country for several years. So when Buddy began writing material for a second full-length the musical goals felt fuzzy, the lines between acoustic singer-songwriter and rock band blurred. Buddy and his band recorded an entire new album in 2009 and, after touring with Gomez in 2010, determined to scrap it.

“The first record came together very naturally,” Buddy says. “But on this second record I felt like I was not as sure of myself or what I was doing. I felt like I was riding this wave of energy but not really sure how it felt at the end of the day. I liked the record but it didn’t feel authentically me. I think we had an identity crisis. It was a hard decision to put it aside because we had spent a ton of time on it, but there was something missing. I had a responsibility to really stand behind something and focus on the longevity of the project. It should be the best we could do and this wasn’t it. It was really risky. It stopped everything.”

Buddy spent the next year feeling lost, uncertain how to proceed with the band, unsure of where to take the music. He was searching for a new beginning, one that felt organic to him as a musician. It turned out that collaboration was the key to hitting the restart button. Five tracks from the unreleased album did eventually emerge in 2012 as the Campfire EP, but Buddy needed a new inspiration for his second album. In 2012, Buddy and Will started writing and recording together in Los Angeles. It was a harmonious partnership, with Will leading the charge on much of the album’s production. The songs were bigger and fuller, propelled by more electronic elements than Buddy had previously employed.

“Buddy’s songs are very personal to him and he puts so much of himself into them,” Will says. “So I understood why he felt like it wasn’t working but at the end of the day I think we still learned a lot from it. It was really nice to get in and work together. It was late nights. We would just show up every day. We wrote over 30 songs. We could sift through those and decide what would work. It was simple and really easy. These songs represent Buddy really well and show how he’s grown as a songwriter.”

The album itself, Last Call For The Quiet Life, reflects Buddy’s struggle and reconciliation with himself over the past few years. For him, the songs are a sort of confessional therapy, a place to channel the issues and ideas that plague his mind. One song, “Anchor,” even began as a poem Buddy had written, which was a new method of songwriting for him. The album’s title is derived from a line in the album’s first track, embodying the idea that you never know how long the window of opportunity will be open. The music itself embraces a more up-tempo rock vibe that reflects Buddy’s live performance, each instrument layering together to create a buoyant but introspective indie pop vibe.

The disc features several guest musicians, including Michelle Branch, Cary Brothers and Holly Conlan, who lend their voices to the soaring melodies. The duo finished recording the album in early 2013 and went to Seattle in February and March to mix the record with Phil Ek at Avast Studios. The album was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in March 2013 in New York City. The final album is a strikingly evocative collection of songs that represents the musicians who made it. From shimmering opener “Weak Currents” to sparsely wrought closer “Scrap Metal,” Last Call For The Quiet Life contains the ups and downs of existence and relationships and family, and the highs and lows of finding yourself in your own life. Each note resonates with its own emotion, creating an overall narrative of what it means to find the right beginning. Or, to let it find us. “When you start something you don’t know where it’s going to go,” Buddy says. “The whole record felt like solid footing right away. It wasn’t anguished over. We just did what we both do. I needed to feel scared and not know where it was going. I had to learn to just let it happen and let it keep unfolding. When you do that, suddenly you have these songs and they all go together.”

Author: Emily Zemler [1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • "Last Call For The Quiet Life" (Aug 19th 2014) · (Stove Punchin', USA) - CD/LP/VINYL #SPRLP02
  • Lighten up Francis' - unreleased
  • Alterations and Repairs (2010) · (Moorworks, Japan) - CD/LP
  • Alterations and Repairs (2007) · (Stove Punchin', USA) - CD/LP

"Last Call For The Quiet Life" August 19, 2014. All Songs Written by - Buddy and Will Golden Produced by - Will Golden Recorded and Engineered by - Will Golden at The Chalet - Los Angeles, CA Drums Recorded and Engineered by - Clay Blair at Boulevard Recording - Los Angeles, CA Assisted by - Brian McPhillips Mixed by - Phil Ek at Avast! - Seattle, WA Mastered by - Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound - New York, NY Buddy – vocals, guitars, synths Will Golden – bass, guitars, synths, background vocals Additional Musicians: Guitars: Percy Mamikunian (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9), Phil Krohnengold (1, 4), Jeramy Koepping (1), Brandon Walters (7, 8) Synths: Michael Tritter (all tracks), Phil Krohnengold (2, 3, 6, 9), Nick White (10) Drums: Michael Jerome (1,3, 4, 5, 8), Frederick Bokkenheuser (2, 6, 7, 9, 10), David Palmer (10) Percussion: Al Sgro (all tracks) Bass: Joe Karnes (all tracks) Cellos: Oli Kraus (4, 8, 9) Vocals: Holly Conlan (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9), Michelle Branch (7, 8), Ian Ball (2, 4, 6), Cary Brothers (2, 3, 5) Group Vocals: Morgan Nagler (2, 4, 5), Jake Bellowes (2, 4, 5), Jiha Lee (2, 4, 5), Nick White (2, 4, 5), Percy Mamikunian (4), Graham Kurzner (4), Ever Golden (5) Cover art Illustrations by: Sprankenstein, London, UK. Layout by: Bait and Tackle Studios Los Angeles, CA.

  1. Weak Current
  2. Slow Light Down
  3. Fault Lines
  4. Boxing Elbows
  5. Behind It (Bad Advice)
  6. Anchor
  7. Anywhere You Go
  8. Stare Too Long
  9. Frames Per Second
  10. Scrap Metal

"Alterations and Repairs" Released June 26, 2007. Additional musicians/vocalists: Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William), Ben Peeler (Alexi Murdoch), Meiko, Ollie (Sia Furler, Tom McRae). Mixed by Bryan Cook (Inara George, The Bird & The Bee, Gary Jules) and mastered by Roger Siebel (Death Cab for Cutie/Plans). Artwork by PCP (The Postal Service).

  1. "Say a Lot"
  2. "Westgate"
  3. "Apologize (If You Tried)"
  4. "Blindsides"
  5. "Color Patterns"
  6. "11/22"
  7. "No Heart"
  8. "Never Timed Just Right"
  9. "If We Lived Here"
  10. "Silent Treatment"
  11. "Regular Time"
  12. "Last Call Waiting"
  13. "My Left Your Right (Feat. Meiko)" Japan LP Release only 2010, Single released digitally on iTunes 2012.

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "My Left Your Right" (2012) - (Stove Punchin' Records) - Digital/Single
  • "campfire" (2012) - Stove Punchin' Records - EP - Featured on iTunes "Discover this", "Indie Spotlight", "New & Noteworthy", the single "campfire" was featured by KCRW in their Song of the Day, and placed in the feature film Waiting for Ophelia and "lighthouse" was featured on Drop Dead Diva. Additional musicians/vocalists: Ian Ball & Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Cary Brothers, Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5), Laura Jansen, actor/musician Brendan Hines, holly Conlan. Produced by buddy, will golden and Ian ball. Mixed by Brian Deck.
  • "Sun" (2011) - Stove Punchin' Records - EP - limited edition hand-painted sleeve EP, no more exist.
  • More of the Shame (2005) · (self-released) - Single
  • Buddy (2005) · (self-released) - CD EP
  1. "Braddock"
  2. "Make Believe In You"
  3. "Be Like This"
  4. "Salt Point"
  5. "Milkshake"
  6. "Valentine, Nebraska"
  7. "Regular Time"
  • Side By Side - Duets Vol. 1 (2008) · (Hear Me Sing) - duet performed with AM

Compilations & Covers[edit]

  • "The Big C" (2011) (Sony Musc) charity album from the Showtime series - Track: "Say a Lot" - CD/LP
  • "Indie Translations of Usher" (2005) (Urabon Records/Vitaman Records) - Track: "Bad Girl" - CD/LP
  • "Perfect As Cats: A Tribute to the Cure" (2008) (Manimal Vinyl) - Track: "Sugar Girl" - 2Disk LP

Film and Television[edit]

Press[edit]

  • "Buddy writes some of the prettiest, catchiest melodic pop songs I've heard in a long time. Be the first of your friends to discover him." Elise from SomaFM's Indie Pop Rock show.
  • "But one-named newcomer Buddy made up for it by delivering "I'm Still Standing", as if he were about to crumble into dust. His quiet resolve communicated an entirely different kind of strength. Like the best performances here, this proved a great song can take any makeover." Jim Farber, New York Daily News
  • "Buddy's sincere, soft, melancholy style is irresistible, infectious, and emotionally powerful." Impact Press
  • Los Angeles Times: High on the Buddy List.[1]

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ big hassle pr

External links[edit]