The Buttercream Gang, “Couch Games”

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The Buttercream Gang deliver their love for African guitar styles and wine country DIY with the premiere of their new single “Couch Games”. Also known to folks as the 80s cover apologists Congo Death Lazer; these three neat, polite men consisting of Bobby Renz, Peter Davies, and Robinson Kuntz have been finishing up their fourth album Oh Brother in Napa with help from Shipwreck Studios' Jonah Strauss in Oakland and mixing duties from Patrick Brown of Different Fur Studios in San Francisco. On “Couch Games” the trio gets a helping hand from Alex Garcia on tenor saxophone, Brendan Buss on baritone sax, Cayce Carnahan on trumpet with the curtain drawing harp strings of Charlotte Wolter to bring you all the “drift away and come back” ebb and tide romanticism.

Oh Brother's lead single “Couch Games” is both a euphemism for the rules of 'guessing game' engagement along with the spry and catchy makings of a step-forward-step-back couples dance. “You are always on my mind, but it doesn't always show all the time.” The poker face explanation of endearment is given further levity between the interplay of Bobby's Afro-Carribean guitar that begins a musical call and response between Alex and Brendan's sax section. While the back and forth sport of affections continues, the song's mantric refrain of, “I drift away and come back to you” will loop about your daily walk as you discover the subliminal beginnings of the newest ballroom dance encoded in the following single.

The Buttercream Gang's new album Oh Brother comes out this mid-November from Pitted Records, with the follow up EP Oh Sister is slated for spring 2013.