1. vivaradioblog:

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    It’s refreshing to meet bands that actually have a pair of balls these days. Thankfully, Brooklyn still has its package in gear with Butter The Children featuring the very evocative Ray Weiss on guitar, Inna Mkrtycheva on vocals, Jordyn Blakely on drums, and Me + You alum (ex Fiasco) Jon…

     

  2. Bayside! Review

    "Perhaps the biggest surprise is music itself. Susan O’Dea’s directs the musically sharp house band “The Zack Attacks” (Bob McSmith, Tobly McSmith, Steve Espinola and Jordyn Blakely). Rather than the bouncy, syncopated rhythms of a stereotypical musical, the songs here are set to contemporary rock, including a well-played cover of “Where is My Mind?” by the alt-rock band The Pixies."

    http://www.theaterpizzazz.com/class-dismissed-bayside-musical/

     
  3. I’m playing drums in the band onstage for this hilarious musical Saved By The Bell parody.

    Get tickets!

    http://baysidethemusical.com

     
  4. Butter The Children playing ‘Robyn Byrd’ at Tinderbox Festival

     
     

  5. Butter The Children on the Wrong Side of the Sidewalk

    (Butter The Children for WILD Magazine)

    by: Blaine Skrainka

    October 8, 2013

    Butter The Children’s debut EP True Crime is pop music scuffed up with gritty punk stylings. And I say this in the best possible way. The Interwebz might be drowning in 90s nostalgia these days, but we can make an exception for this Brooklyn 4-piece that is high on visceral drum fills and low on gimmicky synths. For a proper introduction, we went straight to the source:

    What’s behind the name?

    Jordyn: We just think the emphasis and importance behind band names can be pretty stupid.

    Ray: My personal favorite position.

    Inna: Absolutely nothing. Our old bass player made it up.

     

    I’ve heard you disagree amongst each other on the likes of Fugazi, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan. Is there an artist or band you can all agree on?

    Jordyn: The Smiths? I feel there is a small handful.

    Ray: Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack.

    Inna: Nirvana’s one.

     

    Thoughts on the genre label “post-punk”?

    Jordyn: I hear a lot of people use the term but I think its meaning has become a bit broadened and misinterpreted. Genres as a whole are pretty loaded… but I would say I’m a fan of post punk though.

    Ray: Post-Junk.

    Inna: Nope.

     

    Tell us about True Crime. From where did you take reference in writing the tunes?

    Jordyn: We like dark stuff that’s in the news, and have lots of it in our personal lives too.

    Ray: People die and do awful shit most of the time they are alive anyway.

    Inna: A bunch of the songs are about real life crime cases, like the Charles Stuart case and the Amanda Knox case, stuff like that. We kind of built the record around those tropes and themes.

    What’s the most exciting, and most frightening part of putting your music out in the world?

    Jordyn: Most exciting, finishing writing a song that you would listen to if you hadn’t wrote it. Frightening: People being indifferent to what you are doing.

    Inna: The hardest part is probably just doing it and putting yourself out there to be criticized–but what alternative is there, really.

     

    If you could see broad social disruption in one aspect, what would it be?

    Jordyn: People walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk.

    Ray: Picking your nose in public.

    Inna: Soviet Russia.

     

    What’s up next for you?

    Jordyn: Some badass shows, hopefully more badass and more of them in the future. Our album should be out this winter, hopefully it still feels badass since the songs were written long ago.

    Ray: Going to get some breakfast in a bit.

    Inna: We’re hoping to release our first full length in late 2013 or early 2014.

    What’s your dream bill?

    Jordyn: Something with backup dancers. Like if Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan could be the backup dancers and be totally wasted while doing it.

    Ray: Mark E. Smith & Ray Weiss do Pat Benatar.

    Inna: Pixies, Tina Turner, Guided by Voices, Wall of Voodoo, & Hole.

     

    What is your WILD Wish?

    Jordyn: Smoke a spliff with Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Ray: Voting Green Party.

    Inna: I want to go to Atlantic City and blow like $10,000.

    http://thewildmagazine.com/blog/butter-the-children-interview/

     

  6. a track from my ep with Jackal Onasis

     
  7. I played drums on and recorded an EP with my friend Alex Molini (of the band Dirty Dishes). He lives in LA and I live in Brooklyn so we had to send each other everything via email. We created the cover ourselves. I put a picture of my friend Terence Connor in the bottom left corner, an amazing drummer who passed away last year.

    https://jackalonasis.bandcamp.com/

     
  8. Dave Cromwell for the Deli Magazine - Butter The Children interview on recording the new album, favorite gear and recording processes, and dissecting the lyrics behind each song on the old album

    http://davecromwellwrites.blogspot.com/

     
  9. Butter The Children interview with Alt Citizen magazine

    The quiet/loud balance found in speaking to Butter The Children also describes their music. They manage to sound refreshing in a sea of shoegazey post-punk and it is mostly due to the intuitive balance struck between Inna’s monochromatic delivery against Ray’s scrappy, high-strung guitar. It also doesn’t hurt to have Jordyn and J keeping it all in check. After a few rants against the patriarchy and misogyny we headed up to the roof for a few smokes soundtracked by siren after siren — fitting, as most of what we discussed is their new EP, True Crime. - See more at: http://altcitizen.com/2013/08/19/butter-the-children-on-true-crime/#sthash.7DODQ5cv.dpuf
     
  10. Butter the Children resurrect post-punk’s bleak color scheme and often high-speed melancholy in the video for “Spit It Out,” a gauzy highlight from the Brooklyn crew’s upcoming debut EP, True Crime. Directed by Lyle Owerko (previous video credits include Rufus Wainwright), the swift two-and-a-half-minute clip maintains a narrow focus: Frontwoman Inna Mkrtycheva, guitarist Ray Weiss, bassist J Boxer, and drummer Jordyn Blakely glare into a fisheye-lens camera, looking as if they stalked off the streets of Manchester circa 1979.

    -via Spin Magazine

     
     
  11. robsynths:

    Scherzo at Muchmore’s “Crust4Life”

     
     
  12. Break Thru Radio 4/29/13

    listen here

     

  13. The first single from True Crime, with Butter The Children

    Read at Stereogum

     
  14. Butter The Children and our friends Huge Pupils are going on tour! Come see us if you live in any of these cities…

    June 29 - Saturday - Philidelphia, PA

    10 Nyack in Lansdowne PA

    w/ Snoozer, Rasputin’s Secret Police
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    June 30 - Sunday - Baltimore, MD
    Club K
    2101 Maryland Ave
    7:30 doors
    5$

    w/ Red Red Ruby, Two Inch Astronaut, Kilgore Trout
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    July 1 - Monday - Washington, DC

    Live Recording for Turn Me On, Dead Man
    The Electric Maid
    268 Carroll St NW
    Washington, DC
    20012

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    The Sunshine District
    2010 9th St. NW
    Washington, DC
    w/ Two Inch Astronaut (CD Relase), Rozwell Kid

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    July 2 - Tuesday - Harrisonburg, VA

    mymansion
    w/ Malatese, Great Red Spots and Death Cassettes
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    July 3 - Wednesday - Raleigh, NC

    Slim’s
    227 S. Wilmington St.
    Raleigh, NC

    w/ Death Rides a Horse, Stronghold Crusader
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    July 4 - Thursday - Morgantown, WV

    BBQ House show!
    w/ Haggard Wulf, Caleb Carriker, Timothy Danger & Friends
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    July 5 - Friday - Pittsburgh, PA

    NEED SHOW, PLEASE HELP!!!
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    July 6 - Saturday - Mechanicsburg, PA

    Metropolis Collective
    17 West Main St.
    Mechanicsburg, PA

    w/ Trololo, Pick Yr King
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    July 7 - Sunday - Brooklyn

    Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
    89 Varet St.
    (btw Humboldt & Graham)

    w/ Thickly Painted Walls, Super Always

     
  15. Jordyn Blakely of Butter the Children

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    June 10, 2013

    Jordyn Blakely drums for Brooklyn’s Butter the Children. She describes her drumming as fast, intense and sometimes busy and still feels like a kid. We like her already.

    How would you describe Butter the Children and your drumming style? 

    The groups I’ve played with in Brooklyn have all had fast, intense, and sometimes busy music, so my style has developed into a similar vibe; lots of quick fills, syncopation, heaviness, and hard-hitting. BTC is melodic, poppy, very loud and the songs are short and fast. But I listen to and play tons of different music besides rock, like avant garde jazz, hip hop, R&B and electronic, so my style reflects those too. I try to use the language from those genres and not separate them too much, but only if it fits for the song. My most difficult challenge is trying to avoid overplaying, or distracting from the core of the song by playing something too out there.

    What led you to playing music? 

    I played guitar a little bit because my stepdad played and he taught me a few things. When I got into Jimi Hendrix and heard Mitch Mitchell, I had never realized anyone could drum with such a mix of chaos and precision and it made me want to play. I begged for a drum set and finally got one for Christmas when I was fifteen. My stepdad passed away shortly after that, and it was rather sudden. Music was our biggest connection, and after that happened I played as much as possible because it was something to do to pass the time, it helped distract me, and it was something that felt right and put some meaning into a really difficult and confusing time.

    Where did you go to school for music? What was your experience like?

    I applied to Berklee College of Music, not expecting to get in. It felt like a series of transitions and growing pains. At first I was discouraged because I had only been playing for two years before entering,  and I worried I was in over my head or had been overly confident in choosing that road. The classes and environment were competitive and intense, but eventually I realized I could either give up or use the challenges as an opportunity to figure out if this was right for me, and I proved to myself that I really care about music. I also had several inspiring teachers and met such talented musicians that I identified with. I remember teachers asking me, “Why do you want to play? Why?” That really pushed me to improve and work on myself and think about my musical expression and technique.

    What do you look for in music collaborators, co-conspirators?

    I don’t feel like I look for anything specific, I just know when I find the right fit. I always see playing with someone new as an opportunity to communicate in a way I haven’t before, figure out their style and understand what they have to say.

    I’ve been lucky enough to meet local musicians whose work I’ve always loved (for example Ray Weiss of BTC, formerly the frontman of Le Rug, and Steve Hartlett of Ovlov). But I look for openness- somebody who doesn’t tell me what to play too specifically and lets me contribute my own ideas. I relate to those who are passionate and believe in what they are doing, but are self-critical enough that they don’t put their egos first and they want what’s best for the song and the listener’s experience.

    What about drumming interests you most?

    I like that it requires your whole body- when you get it right it just feels so good. When you’re in it and you’re putting forth every ounce of energy you can, you aren’t thinking about your problems or your doubts or anything else in the world and it’s a true escape. There’s nothing better than playing a song or a beat you totally love and knowing that it also sounds really good, and hopefully moved or inspired someone else. It’s also a place where I can go to let out lots of aggression or confusion, since it’s so physical and almost violent in a way.

    Any other cool projects you’re currently working on?

    I have a few bands that don’t play out as much- Scherzo with Rob Karpay (Life Size Maps), where he plays synth and I get to be a living drum machine. Heeney, which is a grunge band with Mark Fletcher (Shapes) and Max Kagan (Le Rug). My friends opened up a recording studio at Silent Barn, which I’ve been helping to build and promote. I’ve started to do show-booking, I want to try writing, and I’m trying to improve on bass and guitar. I just want to learn stuff. All kinds of stuff.

    Most memorable tour moment? Show?

    It’s hard to choose…the best shows are when lots of friends show up, the other bands rule and are friendly, and your band plays well. On tour it’s awesome when you meet locals in a new city who are welcoming and make the trip feel worthwhile.

    Most memorable show is when Life Size Maps played NRMAL Festival in Mexico. The audience was so excited because I guess in Mexico rock shows don’t happen all that often. Kids wanted pictures with us afterwards- I’m definitely not used to that.

    Most memorable tour moment is in Indiana, when me and Ezana Edwards (Night Manager) left the house where we were staying to get something to eat but got incredibly lost, for over an hour, in the middle of nowhere, Bloomington, Indiana. Our phones had run out of batteries and we thought we were going to die out there for sure.

    Favorite live video to share?

    I briefly subbed in Ava Luna while their drummer’s foot was broken. I love them and their music and it was fun learning their catalog- this is a video from a memorable night when we played with Krill, who also happen to be the friendliest guys ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ky4tq4TyjNo

    Last words?

    Thanks mom.

    Learn more about Jordyn’s projects at: jordyndrums.tumblr.com

    Photos and words by Julie Jamora for Tom Tom Magazine
    http://tomtommag.com/2013/06/jordyn-blakely-of-butter-the-children/