Sasquatch 2015, Day 2: The Budos Band

Sasquatch
05/24/2015
Isaac Kaplan-Woolner

Staten Island's The Budos Band tore through a tight set of instrumental funk and soul tinged with a heavy, ominous dose of retro stoner metal. Their set on the Sasquatch main stage drew heavily on their latest album Burnt Offering. This fourth release is a marked departure for the eight-piece band, finding them mining darker, more 70s rock sounds driven by baritone sax and fuzzed out guitar. The sun beat down on the crowd, who managed to ignore the heat and dance along with the driving grooves. Budos is a Daptone Records band, along with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley. Like their label mates, they bring a devotedly warm and retro analogue sound. But this new material finds them stretching out to explore more rock and metal influences, and it translated well to the big stage. The album's title track sounded positively epic, if not apocalyptic, on the stage's massive sound system. With no lyrics and sparse crowd interaction, the band mostly kept it in the pocket and launched from groove to groove. But the crowd was right there along with them, bopping and dancing along enthusiastically.

 

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