What: Buke and Gase
When: 9 p.m. Monday
Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
More info: larimerlounge.com
F or those unfamiliar with the Brooklyn-based duo Buke and Gase, there are a few things you should know.
You might have heard of them before as Buke and Gass. The spelling change came from frequent mispronunciation. Of course, knowing a thing or two about Buke and Gase would clear up any of that confusion without a phonetic spelling.
Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez play handmade hybrid instruments. Dyer plays the buke, a six-string modified version of a baritone ukulele. She also has a toe-bourine, which, just as it sounds, is a tambourine that connects to the toe of her shoe. Sanchez plays the gass/gase, a guitar and bass hybrid that he runs through pedals. For his part on percussion, he's on the kick drum.
For their second full-length record, General Dome, the pair had some newly crafted instruments at their disposal.
"The instrument that I'm playing, the buke, is now metal and made by a friend of ours. Aron made a few new gases," Dyer said. "It's a constant desire to look for a better-fitted sound, and in order to do that, we modify our instruments, changing this, that and the other."
Without close attention to detail, you might not hear the change. The subtle difference is a reward to anyone paying closer attention.
Buke and Gase also benefited creatively from a new work environment and mentality.
"The sound on this album came about because, for the first time, we were in a really big empty room to write and record, so I think that pretty much affected the sound because we use a lot of natural reverb," Dyer said. "Our writing style, we tried to be a little more cohesive and not as all over the place, I guess. The first album was really our experiment, and I feel like this album was more focused, really. We had a better idea of what we could accomplish with however much time we were given and what kind of sound we wanted."
Whatever they're doing, it's still very intricate, unpredictable and a little hard to define. Maybe post-punk is about right. Dyer's voice can move from an energized yelp to a somewhat hoarse, breathy coo. The aggressive interplay between the buke and gase is complex, especially as they're looping things, and the percussion punctuates it all forcefully.
It's actually sort of impressive that all that sound comes from two people, and Dyer said it often surprises first-timers at Buke and Gase shows.
"We get a lot of comments where someone says they came into the room and people thought it was gonna be a five-piece and then it's just two people sitting down and making all those sounds," she said.
And that's actually a great reason to check them out at the Larimer Lounge on Monday.
"I think that when you come to our show, you can see that it's much more," Dyer said. "I mean, you can really see how the sounds are made."