Drink Up Buttercup may hail from Philadelphia but the geography of their debut album “Born & Thrown On A Hook” is less easily located on a physical map. It’s an occasionally surreal mythology filled with tales of hopelessly flawed characters, star-crossed lovers, drunks, fairy tales & bad trips. It exists in a world touched upon previously by Tom Waits, Hans Christian Anderson and Lloyd Kaufman while musically it follows a direct lineage of classic song writing: Bowie, The Beatles & The Beach Boys late 60s lysergia, early Roxy Music, Sabbath’s bass heavy pulse & the crescendos of Arcade Fire.
Recorded meticulously throughout 2009 by Bill Moriarty (Dr Dog / Man Man) and mixed by Rusty Santos (Animal Collective / Owen Pallett) it perfectly balances consistently catchy melodies with the raw energy of their trashcan pounding live show.
1. SEASICKNESS PILLS 2. ANIMATE THE HANGTIME 3. YOUNG LADIES 4. DOGGY HEAD 5. EVEN THINK 6. GODS AND GENTLEMEN 7. LOVERS PLAY DEAD 8. WHO SPILLED THE BEAKER 9. HEAVY HAND 10. PINK SUNSHINE 11. VIETNAM WALTZ 12. SOSEY AND DOSEY 13. MR. PIE EYES 14. MAESTRO MONSIGNOR
“every song is a highlight” - The Deli Magazine
"Psychedelic without being cheesy, this band sounds like a sinister carnival." - NPR All Songs Considered
“a rollicking disc of smart-pop: a collection of energetically neurotic psychedelic/glam/art rock packed with stuttering circus-y keyboards” Blogcritics
“They have a spinning circus vibe and shout out loud tendency a la Arcade Fire (but in a very different, less emotionally heavy way)” Stereogum