Which Way Is Down
Formed in early 2007 in Bloomington, Indiana, the Buzzkills barely resemble their first incarnation as an unheard of hard rock side project. Today The Buzzkills are fast becoming a staple of the mid-west music scene. With a wide array of influences from jazz to metalcore, the group manages to blend the sound of the great classics with modern rock and progressive music. \'There\'s definitely an interesting mix of influences within the group\', according to drummer Matt Schory, \' the common factor is that we all sort of started in the same place; with bands like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Our music comes from that base and then we inject of our own personal musical tastes." The core of the Buzzkills' sound comes from the writing of John Weston and Kyle Gilpin. When asked about the bands writing process Weston explains, "Every song is a bit different. Sometimes Kyle or I will have a nearly finished song and everyone will add their own personal touch. More and more a song will start out as a basic idea like a melody or an idea for a cool chorus and everyone will just throw around stuff from there." The material on the bands upcoming release, Which Way is Down, is a mix of material from Weston, Gilpin and the group as a whole. According to Gilpin, "We all really tried to put our own personal stamp on this album but still retain a level of continuity from song to song. Each song has it's own unique personality but still maintains a consistent sound throughout the album." The ten songs on the album definitely reflect the band's diverse range of influences. "Shacker Song" certainly invokes some early Beatles comparisons while the heavy dance grooves of "Once I Get Started" lead the way to a sonic barrage of face melting guitar and drum work followed by Allmanesque dual guitars. "Aww Honey", a crowd favorite, shows up in a reworked and rerecorded version featuring new lyrics, a heavy rock organ (the group borrowed Muzaic keyboardist Alan Hall to play keys on many of the albums tracks), and a more laid back feel. Most of the material from the new album was written during the late fall and winter of 2007 after a brief period of line-up shuffling. What resulted was a band consisting of only two of the original members-Schory and bass player Jon Barnett-as well as Gilpin and Weston. "It got weird for a minute there, everything changed really quickly but it didn't take long to realize this was the direction we needed to go along. We ended up completely reinventing ourselves", Barnett said reflecting on the line-up switch. The band certainly has come a long way since then. In only nine months (Weston officially joined up in October of 2007) the group has become one of the premier groups in Bloomington and moved up to headlining spots at the legendary Bluebird Nightclub. Not only have they managed to create a buzz in Bloomington; they have been able to take it all over Indiana with regular rotations in Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and Ft. Wayne as well as Chicago and several surrounding suburbs and college towns. The Buzzkills have built their reputation around their high-energy and engaging live shows. Aside from the original music, the group also has a huge repertoire of classic rock covers. "We love playing them", says Weston, "It's fun music to listen to and it's even more fun to play." It certainly looks like fun. One thing is for sure about this band; they definitely look like they enjoy what they do. Schory explains "We all love what we do and I think it shows. This is what we would all be doing on a Saturday night anyways-drinking beer and playing great music. It's even better when other people can enjoy it too. I can't really think of anything I'd rather be doing. Well at least with my pants on."