Like Joe Namath before Super Bowl III, Buttercup began this year by making a seemingly impossible guarantee. The band committed itself to releasing four CDs this year: three EPs and one full-length album. This weekend, they’ll celebrate the release of Living Again, the second of those promised EPs (the first, Captains of Industry, was released in May).
One of Buttercup’s great strengths is that with three prolific songwriters, they’re always got tons of songs in circulation, and some of their best tunes incubate until the right recording project comes along.
Take the new EP’s title song, which has been one of my Buttercup concert favorites for at least three years. Gently swinging, persuasively life-affirming and extremely catchy, it gets a ukulele treatment here, setting the stage for the largely acoustic fare that follows, including “Modulating From Montana” (a musical cousin to the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus”).
Buttercup will christen Living Again with a Saturday, September 22 show at Limelight. Doors open at 9, and cover is $5 ($8 with a CD), with Robotboy and Marcus Rubio opening.
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