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Specks, an Autobiographical Record

by buttercup

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why do i hate my own voice? why do i loathe it so? is the voice a reflection of the soul? and if so does my feeble throat mean my soul is weak? is it a tunnel to what makes us unique? my voice my little voice i always loved john lennon’s voice the best once i could finally hear the difference from paul or george later on other voices came to me: ray davies, gord downie, lou reed, neko case i’d give my right leg to sing like that on stage i joked about getting a voice transplant ho ho ho very funny so here we are now faced with a choice: love yerself or don’t but to love yerself you got to love yer voice and make it sing i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice i love my voice sing it enough times and you’ll believe it repeat it repeat it love me love me love me love me
Bonny Claire 05:01
claire says that “they took everything” but they didn’t get thru claire says that “the dog he bit me” and “why does jesus hate me so?” claire we all fall down zero g and sideways the uplift a morning cry on the voicemail dry your eyes, bitch it’s not sunset yet it’s not even close in the family the youngest one so precious most precious bonny claire pretty claire everywhere planet claire so so many friends the scales tilt like they’re bent towards love bonny claire oh claire
on a couch full of fleas we got drunk in the practice room with the windows sealed shut it got hot it got so hot hey don’t talk to me don’t say a word now listening to the punk rock tape i was there and you were there but the drum stick got struck upon the snare till it got snuffed out but hey don’t talk to me don’t say a word about the day he died
Erik Sanden 05:19
the ticking is the bomb way deep inside my chest so let’s unearth it let’s strike the match erik sanden i am free like you said i would be i can sing but it ain’t that pretty i set it off tick tock tick tock what would the beach boys do? what would lou reed say? “just be honest” just stay engaged erik sanden i am free like you said i would be i can see that yer oh so pretty i’m happy cuz i’m not lonely it’s ticking and i know what it means i set it off tick tock tick tock end of the party and i’m still standing me and you i know my vision fogged up i’m limping on my foot with webbed toes erik sanden
Us v. Them 03:59
when it’s a beatdown you cover all the lost ground i know you and you know me everyone whose watching can see i love you and you love me cuz yer faithfulness oh so faithful it’s us v. them yer big hands and deathgrip yer wide eyes and time shifts in the basement on the pavement in practice yer tactic is to believe you believe it’s contagious it’s dangerous it’s god-like so we do too us v. them mismatched socks and a fashion plate glasses slipping off of yer face long outstretched arms the bass slung low 3 o’clock is all yours it’s us v. them
Middle C 07:00
side by side we stood you held a smile ear to ear it bled for such a long while heart upon yer sleeve turn it out facing down the coyness of the now you are at the heart of melody place yer finger on middle c and press it once you talked non-stop so many hours twenty-two from salt lake to amarillo beatles elliott all yer music granular affection for the song leaving out the notes just a whisper add an ounce of love and the decision to forgo it question: what did your parents teach you about relationships and what would you like to forget? answer: they taught me to love everyone. and i try question: how? answer: you don’t judge. the most important part is to not think anything about that. they thought love is the answer. gonna press it now it’s time i’m present now this time it’s your cinnamon mind it’s your stereo life forever i’m gonna press it now it’s time


Here's our new autobiographical record, "Specks." During the pandemic, Buttercup, like all of us, had much time to ask questions about the importance of self-love and what it means to be alive at this moment in tumultuous history. We were faced with questions about what it means to be a musician. So we wrote about what we know best: us.

In the midst of the darkest time for a band Claire Rousay joined our band bringing us some light. And we got busy.

We used an old typewriter to write about Claire getting robbed and about Joe talking a lot. We wrote about Odie's fashion sense. We wrote a song about our practice space. We wrote a song about Erik Sanden’s voice.

The word "specks" signifies something tiny and insignificant, but something individual; these songs are, after all, just raindrops in the ocean of songs. "Specks" also indicates the specifications of a particular band at a moment in time. Together the songs that make up Specks offer a playful peek inward, a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes workings of a band that has played together for many, many years and still loves each other. Of course, perhaps it’s because our band has such mutual respect in the first place that we've been able to continue to thrive.


released March 18, 2022

Musicians: Erik Sanden, Joe Reyes, Claire Rousay and odie.
Songs written by Buttercup.
Recorded in 2021 at Gud'eenin Studios, in San Antonio, Texas.
Produced by Buttercup. Mixed by Joe Reyes.
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios, Pittsburgh, PA.


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