Buddie is an indie rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A true indie rock band. I remember feeling a while ago that there are no interesting indie rock bands. Felt like that era is over, but I am glad that Buddie is changing my opinion. I am loving this short indie rock EP so much…
I am so happy that my dear pal Connor from Crafted Sounds is releasing this gem. I am always super excited to discover music through friends’ labels and this is exactly the case. I just received a message from Connor and I got right away to listen. I would have to share it right away but wanted to ask our questions so the feature is out now.
If you are a fan of 90s rock ala Weezer, you can definitely get into these songs. Catchy guitar riffs, dominant vocals, and great melodies. Everything a great indie rock should have.
Another sweet thing about this release is this charity:
“All proceeds will be donated to City Beet Farm’s GoFundMe to support food donation’s to Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. City Beet Farm is a local Vancouver organization that converts people’s front lawns to mini-farms, growing fresh, local produce. Little Mountain Neighbourhood House’s Food Hub distributes food to low-income residents around the Riley Park-Little Mountain neighborhood and beyond.
Link to the GoFundMe page: gofund.me/32951b7a“
So grab a CD and support a good cause. I love when bands are doing more than just releasing music. Music can not only bring joy but can also help society to be better.
I will re-listen to this EP over and over because is so good. One of the coolest EPs I have heard in a while. So happy to have this in my ears these days and I hope it will bring you (music) joy as well. Give it a try.
I have asked Dan from Buddie our 3 standard questions:
What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you making music?
I’ve loved singing since I was very young – maybe 3 or 4 – and I think I connected with melody and harmony in a visceral way back then that still drives me now. Music just feels good, physically and emotionally. But I didn’t start writing music until much later. I probably wrote my first full song around 18, beyond little jingles I’d make up as a kid (shout out “chocolate pillow”, a jingle about a chocolate-coated, chocolate chip cookie with a marshmallow on top). At 18, I think I started to recognize that music could be a way to express a bunch of my hard-to-describe thoughts and feelings in my own unique way. I also wanted to make something that made me (and maybe others) feel as good as my favorite songs did. I always feel the most inspired to write a song after hearing a great tune by someone else.
What was the most challenging thing in your music (artistic) path?
Keeping at it through changes in my own life and my collaborators’ lives. I’ve never wanted to make music in isolation. I write at home, and I’ll demo songs at home, but connecting with other people through music is always the goal. Buddie has looked like a bunch of different people over the years, who all lent their own feel and talent to the band. I’m so grateful for the time I’ve gotten to spend with everyone along the way and the energy and thought they put into making music with me: Andy, Jake, Sam, Tim, Lauren, Alex, Danielle, David, Brian, and now Nat, Lindsay and Aidan. Same goes for the audience and/or listeners. The things people say to me or the response I get from an audience can change the way I feel about a song. Usually (thankfully) people only go out of their way to say something nice, and that always encourages me to keep making new songs.
Also, I’ll never know how much of my life to devote or sacrifice to music, or how much music to sacrifice to the rest of my life. It never feels like the right balance. I’d love to hear other musicians’ takes on this!
What would you dream to do if anything was possible?
I’d dream to understand what an equitable and sustainable society could look and feel like to me and others, express that vision and the feelings surrounding it (hope, fear, love, sadness…) through music, and form stronger relationships and community around that vision to make it real!
Go and get this album on digital or CD.