Thoughts on a name change
Plus a PREVIEW OF THEIR NEW SONG!
It’s been more than a year since Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? mentioned Buke and Gass. We’re overdue.
Maybe you’ve already noticed that there’s something different about this intense duo — their name. They’re now Buke and Gase, in what appears to be a slightly sad surrender to phonetics.
For those who have been paying close attention, the morphing began late last fall when the band posted this brief, cryptic bulletin on its website:
October 26 – Just played a show in Canada and our name is morphing.
But the reality didn’t sink in until we saw announcements for the band’s May 4 appearance at The National‘s Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series at BAM. We thought somebody had made a typo. On further investigation, we discovered the band had indeed changed the spelling.
Although the pronunciation of the band name was easy to remember once you knew what it stood for — baritone ukulele=Buke, while guitar+bass=Gass — it appears the second half of the name was too often the butt of jokes rhyming with ass. So Arone Dyer, who plays the buke, and Aron Sanchez, on gass, gave in and changed the spelling.
But they didn’t change the sound, as you’ll hear on this great preview track from their next album, which they hope to release in September.
If you can’t make it to Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, or you just want more Buke and Gase, check out the lineup they’ve curated (they’re not listed as performing, just curating) through May 15 with Terry Riley‘s son Gyan Riley, at The Stone, John Zorn‘s music venue in Manhattan’s East Village.