Buxton: “Tarzan And Jane”
The hottest thing coming out of Houston these days seems to be Buxton. Besides getting heaps of local praise, the indie-rock outfit was named by Esquire as a band to watch in 2012, and they’re more than living up to that billing. This year saw the release of Nothing Here Seems Strange, the group’s debut for the alt-country label New West. This LP followed nearly eight years of patient evolution from the band, moving from garages and songs recorded in bedrooms to a hard-working touring act.
Nothing Here Seems Strange is a perfect snapshot of Buxton. Alternately rootsy and atmospheric, the album is packed with charged-up rockers and lush ballads. Lead singer Sergio Trevino has a characteristic twang, but he’s hardly ever left hanging: fellow bandmembers often chip in with gorgeous harmonies, a perfect compliment to the assortment of mandolins, banjos, and other string instruments Buxton employs.
The group has been on the road for the better part of the year, and their wild live shows have earned them a healthy following. KUT recently got a taste of this when Buxton stopped by Studio 1A, and the band even debuted two new songs, including today’s song of the day. “Tarzan And Jane” starts out as a slice of country-pop before breaking into an epic coda, and it shows this young Houston band can seemingly do it all.