Listening to Butch Walker is like taking your first bite into a freshly baked cupcake, swimming in the Caribbean and walking through the park on a crisp fall day. You feel blissful, exhilarated and free.
Sometimes though, it's like getting a flat tire on the highway in the midst of a three hour drive or watching one of those Sarah McLachlan commercials for the ASPCA. It's life in all its ironic, tragic and timeless moments bottled up into three-minute unforgetable melodies.
From his glam-rock Marvelous 3 fronting days that launched him to semi-stardom with the hit "Freak of the Week," to his heart wrenching sophomore solo effort, Letters, and the get-the-party-started disc o'fun- The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites- Walker has proved he's the underground Elvis of modern times. A living legend if you will. Sure, he gets the most recognition as a mega producer for Pink, Avril Lavigne and other chart-toppers, but the magic's in his own music.
His new album, Sycamore Meadows, is out now. It's arguably his most personal effort to date. "The Weight of Her" keeps the old fans happy and tracks like "Here Comes The..," and "Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought of You" are the heart wrenchers that will be stuck in your head. One of the standout tracks is now doubt the jazzy "Ponce de Leon Ave," along with "Going Back/Going Home," Walker's life story in three minutes.
Planet Verge had the pleasure of filming our upcoming Web-TV show, On the Verge, with Walker this past week. It was a splendid time. Here are some photos from his NYC and NJ shows. This was a quiet an intimate tour and I must say the damn drunk fools and WHOO HOO girls rained on the NYC show. But if they stick around, they'll learn and bow their heads in shame at their old ways. Guess that's what happens when the radio starts to play your music (FINALLY) and mainstream press catches on to what's cool-- the unappreciative newbie folks come out. Oh well, at least NJ showed Butch the respect he deserves!