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Buxton: Taking the next step

Rock The Republic artist spotlight II

Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

 

Hopefully all of you B-CS Aggies know the greatest music festival this town has ever seen, Rock The Republic, is fast approaching. This two-day long "spectacle of sight and sound" will feature more than 120 of the best up-and-coming artists and poets around, ensuring that there will be a little something for everyone's musical tastes. With so many bands, it can be a bit challenging to get a sense of the amazing talent that will be present at RTR. In an effort to promote these awesome musicians, my future posts will showcase several favorite acts each week.

For the second installment in our artist spotlightseries, we check out Houston-based folk-pop band – Buxton.

Ever since their formation in 2004, the hard working guys in Buxtonhave been making quite a name for themselves. Buxton's2008 release, A Family Light, really put these guys on the map as a band with a bright and expansive sound that manages to have just the right amount of late-night melancholy. Whenever I hear a Buxtonsong, especially "Feathers," I can't help but imagine myself aimlessly driving down a desert highway with a hand rolled cigarette in my mouth. One explanation for this vision could be that Buxtonseems to never stop touring for very long, meaning that the traveler's mentality is somehow sneakily creeping into their music.

Buxton's tireless work ethic, coupled with a tendency to release consistently impressive albums has earned the attention and respect of fans across the country.

Earlier this year, Buxtondecided to take the next step in its development as a band by signing to New West Records, with fellow Houstonians — Wild Moccasins. Buxton could very well be ready for the big time, folks. According to their website, the band's highly-anticipated third album — Nothing Here Seems Strange — is set to be released under New West Records in early 2012. One of the biggest advantages of being on a label is that your music gets exposed to a dramatically larger audience, thanks to distribution and marketing contracts. Since the label is taking on most of the promotional burden, Buxtonwill be able to focus on simply being a band, and further developing their interesting take on the traditional folk rock sound.

It gets me incredibly excited to see this hardworking band from Houston finally getting the kind of national recognition they deserve.

 Ever since seeing these hometown heroes play at a house party in 2008, I have creepily followed their progression as a band — watching them transform from a rambunctious gang of rowdy kids into a mature and respected force in the Houston music scene. Their hard work has finally paid off and now the conditions are perfect for Buxtonto take that next big step.

Buxtonis scheduled to play next Saturday night over at The Village in downtown Bryan. Get your tickets over at the Rock The Republic website, and while you're at it, check out Buxton's Facebook page.

Steve Wells is a senior marketing major at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. In addition to being a student, he is also a local musician and promoter.

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