Dave Buker & the Historians
After nearly 10 years, Dave Buker & the Historians is more focused than ever. Following a 2017 that saw the band release an EP of b-sides (You Can Follow) and open for Spoon by winning a CD102.5 Local Artist Showcase contest, 2018 was spent writing and recording new material. The result is It Moves in the Dark, an album of honest and earnest songs to be released on April 26, 2019.
For this album, Dave Buker & the Historians again worked with producer Jay Alton, with whom the band record 2015’s For Every Heartbreak. With Alton’s guidance, the writing process featured thorough demoing, which led to a more detailed compositional approach than previously applied by the band.
Unlike previous work, which often featured guest musicians, It Moves in the Dark represents Dave Buker & the Historians’ live aesthetic. With additional contributions from Alton, the band’s five core members performed the album and much of the tracking was done with each member in the same room, creating a natural, organic feeling.
Lyrically, It Moves in the Dark is less introspective than the band’s previous albums, with Buker focusing more on the complicated experiences of those around him. “How Long Can I Pretend” describes a relationship hindered by doubt and complacency, while the title track tells the story of a dissolving marriage crippled by infidelity.
Musically, drummer Joe Spurlock and bassist Timothy Jennings provide a booming and energetic rhythm section, which emphasizes the environment of an Americana concert in full bloom. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Valdiviez minimizes his traditionally keyboard-focused role in favor of slide guitar, a staple of the album’s sound. Vocalist, and Dave’s wife, Leanna Buker delivers soulful tenor harmonies while providing lead vocals on both “Joanna” and “Someone I Could Never Be”.
Dave Buker & the Historians is:
Dave Buker Leanna Buker Timothy Jennings Joe Spurlock
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