The Buttertones and Frankie and the Witch Fingers played an incredible set at The Casbah on Wednesday night.
Rock and roll was alive and well at The Buttertones and Frankie and the Witch Fingers show. Musicians and audience alike bopped and danced and sang along as the venue was transported to another place, another time.
Despite self-describing themselves as “psychedelic flower power,” Los Angeles based Frankie and the Witch Fingers brought an almost manic energy that made them seem too big for the stage. With his guitar strapped high on his chest, front man Dylan Sizemore made ample use of his physical freedom, lunging to and fro.
Sizemore’s energy was matched and then some by his fellow band mates and the audience. Drummer Glenn Brigman even lost part of his drum kit, and bassist Alex Bulli broke a string just a song or two in. Follow them through the making of their next album, Brain Telephone, on their Facebook page.
Blending a unique mix of garage-rock and 50’s doo-wop, The Buttertones have crafted a sound that blends the very best older and newer sounds. These Buddy Holly-reincarnates (they often dress in slacks and button-downs à la the bespectacled singer himself) had the crowd dancing all night long. A few months after the release of their latest album Gravedigging, the boys made ample use of their new tunes.
Lead vocalist Richard Araiza’s deceptively deep voice switches seamlessly between a low growl and a croon reminiscent of bygone eras, while backing vocals from Dakota Boettcher bassist (also formerly of Cherry Glazerr) Sean Redman provided a sweet contrast. Hits new and old such as “Sadie’s A Sadist,” “Gravedigging,” “Dionysus,” and “Baby Doll” had the crowd moving before ending the night with “Orpheus Under The Influence.”
They’ve got plenty of shows lined up through the next few months so catch them while you can!