Buxton broadcasts a wandering sound, from the dusty tones of guitar - slinging anthems to lonesome acoustic affairs that look outward and within. Their latest effort Half A Native is music for the search for home; the long journey to find somewhere, something, or someone that makes everything fall into place. Raised in rural Texas by Mexican parents, vocalist/guitarist Sergio Trevino experienced life stranded between two cultures, unable to really identify with his Hispanic heritage and never quite fitting in musically with the local arts community.
In a city where country and hip hop are the ubiquitous regional sounds, Buxton’s music stands alone in the Houston scene. “I’m on the outside looking in,” Trevino croons on the sweeping album opener “What I’d Do,” his warm drawl scaffolded by Justin Terrell’s airy drumming, and slow - burning electric guitar. “This song I think best captures the bittersweet spirit of the album,” Trevino says, “which really is the longing for love, an exasperated expression saying ‘what I would do if a had a chance’ and finding solace in the thought.”
Half A Native is a departure from the rustic sound that earned the band a devout following in the explosive Houston scene and beyond.While their acclaimed 2012 album Nothing Here Seems Strange leaned toward folk, Half A Native ventures into vast sonic territories, sometimes pairing atmospheric piano with off kilter electric guitar, blanketed by Trevino’s heart-clenched voice and melancholic, but optimistic lyrics. “We take from a lot of different genres and present it in a way that I think is most honest for us,” Trevino says. “You'll hear rock, folk, country, ambience, and distortion, all interpreted through us.”
released March 3, 2015
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