Dry Humping the American Dream

Gutbucket - Dry Humping the American Dream

With in-your-face rock n' roll production, fiery playing, and live energy caught to tape, gutbucket crashes through genre boundaries to create a gripping soundtrack to 2004. Gutbucket is fearlessly devoted to unique, pushy melodies, high-energy rhythms, and improvisational adventures. Their vast repertoire courses through playful circular movement, elastic time twists, and rapid-fire banter. This is Gutbucket's second release following their debut InsomniacsDream (Knitting Factory Records).


"One of the things we want to do at Cantaloupe is find the people in other parts of the music world who are stretching their boundaries towards us. There is an experimental edge to electronica, to jazz, to pop, and to world music, and we want to help support it. After Butbucket played on the Bang on a Can Marathon this past summer, we knew that they were a good fit for our label. Their unbelievably virtuosic musicianship is in the service of a high-energy post-avant-bop that is right up Cantaloupe's alley. We welcome them to our label." – David Lang


On Dry Humping the American Dream, the band the Village Voice dubbed "stomprovisors" thrashes and twitches (sometimes literally) through 10 cartoonishly complex compositions, injecting a shot of glorious spazmitude into the minimalist cool of Bang on a Can's hip Cantaloupe label. With a raw sound that moves from Latin to thrash, polka, klezmer and back, gutbucket approaches the 10 tracks of Dry Humping The American Dream with an intense ferocity usually reserved for punk, despite their traditionally jazz instrumentation of guitar, saxophone, drums and bass.

Featuring Paul Chuffo (drums), Ty Citerman (guitar), Eric Rockwin (bass) and Ken Thomson (saxophone), Gutbucket recorded Dry Humping The American Dream live in the studio over several days with the intention of capturing the energy and improvisational intimacy of the infamous live sets the band is known for. Since forming in 1999 Gutbucket has built a reputation for unpredictable live shows that feature everything from carefully prepared scores for classic animations, live volleyball games and blindfolded band members, just to name a few. If this all sounds eclectic, it is, and Dry Humping The American Dream captures this energy.

"About half the tunes on this record were recorded at two in the morning on Saturday night," Thomson says. "We hit a stride and did full takes of a ton of stuff. That's when the band was hot, from two to six in the morning. We play live so much that, sometimes, it just works like that. Making an album is really about finding enough time so that we can get to that spot where it's happening."

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