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Butros Butros-Lexington Sessions

June 1, 2006

butrosbutrosBand Name: Butros Butros

Album Name: Lexington Sessions

Best Element: Funky rhythms; contrasts between clean and electric guitars

Genre: Hillbilly Rock’n’Roll

Website: www.ButrosButros.com

Label Name: n/a

Band E-mail: contact@butrosbutros.com

Named after a former U.N. secretary general, Butros Butros take pride in their roots and convey their love of the good old-fashioned countryside with their EP Lexington Sessions.

The EP kicks off with “The Duke Boys (Saved the Day)”. Guitarists Peanut, Cornbread, and the Sheriff kick things into gear with a head bopping lick while bassist Snuffy keeps the song flowing with a springy bass beat. Questioning when and how the Dukes of Hazzard are going to save the day, Butros Butros fly into a fun and fast solo.

Proving they know how to get the crowd involved, however, the song breaks down into a wild “Yee-haw” before crashing into a full bass and guitar chord ending.

“Red Dirt Clay” gives on the image of driving down the highway, car top down, wind in ones hair and not a care in the world. Clean guitar harmonies and solid bottom end lead into country-themed vocals. Rooster lays down some tight drum fills in this track, though the song itself remains extremely laid back and peaceful.

The catchiest music of the EP is found on the third track “Press Here for Free Chili”. Though the lyrics are mildly absurd and corny, the music carries them and combines for a cool song. A heavy chord progression interlude leads into a clean guitar solo that borrows from Santana’s sound, followed by a dueling soloist whose sound is much more distorted. The contrasting guitar solos add for diversity within the song. That very diversity is intensified even more when Snuffy embarks on a stomping bass solo with a third guitar’s melody to cap off the instrumentation before ending on a funk riff.

Fred Savage and Cary Elwes fans around the world can unite in joy for the final track of the EP, rightfully titled “Inigo Montoya”. Regurgitating the famous movie line from The Princess Bride, Butros Butros sings “Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.” Feeding off an “Oye Como Va” vibe, the song builds off a sweet jazz riff and is sure to get the crowd participating at a live show with its repetitive choruses. The album goes out with a bang, ending after a crazy solo break between Peanut, the Sheriff, and Cornbread.

Though working hard to promote themselves and playing heavily in the Washington D.C. area, Butros Butros probably won’t see the Billboard Top 20 any time soon. Their dedication and music library of over 100 covers and originals, however, proves their worth in music history. The Lexington Sessions EP makes for great listening and has its moments of catchy funk beats. There’s great contrast between the clean and distorted guitars, solid percussion work by Rooster, fast moving bass lines to fill out the sound pyramid, and good harmonization in the vocals.

The lyrics themselves are mediocre at best, but despite their lack of depth, are catchy. And, let’s face it, catchy works.

My recommendation is to check out a Butros Butros show; I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

-Erik Williams

EndlessCreed@charter.net

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