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Dead Reckoning

The Builders & The Butchers

Dead Reckoning

LabelInstrument Village
VertriebBroken Silence
VÖ-Datum12.11.2010

„You're going down in a black elevator!“ (Black Elevator) Als ob wir das bis zum vorletzten Song des dritten Albums von The Builders & The Butchers nicht längst gewusst hätten. Das Cover bereitet einen ja schon darauf vor. Ein Junge liegt im Sarg, eine Münze auf jedem Auge. Um ihn herum auf Samt gebettet allerlei Frucht und Gemüse, in seinen Händen einen Strauß Rosen. Ein Mitbringsel für die Party, die ihn auf der anderen Seite erwartet, so könnte man mutmaßen. Klingt morbide. Ist es wahrscheinlich auch. Aber so läuft es nun einmal auf Dead Reckoning.

Auf elf Stockwerken macht der schwarze Fahrstuhl Halt und auf jedem wartet der Tod und die dunkelsten Flecke der menschlichen Seele – verpackt in schöne Storys, vorgetragen von Ryan Sollee und seiner kratzigen Stimme, begleitet von zwingenden Drums, Melodien, Banjo und Mandolinen. Eine spröde Produktion erledigt den Rest. Das Konzept von The Builders & The Butchers ist einfach ein großer schwarzer Spaß. Da kann das Ruhig-Sitzen auch schonmal schwer fallen, denn tanzbar ist das Ganze auch noch. Die Mischung aus Americana, Folk und Punk haben zuletzt vielleicht die Two Gallants in ihren wenigen Uptempo-Nummern ähnlich hinbekommen. Doch waren die Gallants schon immer eher von der schwermütigen Sorte, klingen The Builders & The Butchers sehr leichtfüßig, und kreieren durch diese Zwiespalt von Thematik und Musik eine Sogkraft, die jeden in ihren Aufzug stecken sollte, der etwas mit dieser Musikrichtung anfangen kann. Mutmaßlich an der Fahrt in die Tiefe beteiligt sind die Ohrwurmqualitäten, die annähernd jeder Song mit sich bringt. Der Opener I Broke The Vein, die Single Rotten To The Core, der Ruhepunkt All Away oder Cradle On Fire, wo die Mandoline besonders schön verstörend wirkt: immer bleibt eine Zeile hängen und wiederholt sich im Kopf; zumindest, bis der Fahrstuhl ein Stockwerk tiefer angekommen ist.

Umso verwunderlicher, dass Dead Reckoning das erste Album der Amerikaner ist, das in Deutschland erscheint. Da gibt es noch einiges nachzuholen. Solange darf man sich als Hörer an der morbiden Party von The Builders & The Butchers erfreuen und auch gerne daran teilnehmen. Der Weg in die Dunkelheit hat schon lange nicht mehr soviel Vergnügen bereitet wie hier.

Tracklist:
  1. I Broke The Vein
  2. It Came From The Sea
  3. Lullaby
  4. Rotten To The Core
  5. Moon Is On The March
  6. All Away
  7. Cradle On Fire
  8. We All Know The Way
  9. Out Of The Mountain
  10. Blood For You
  11. Black Elevator
  12. Family Tree
Highlights:

Rotten To The Core, All Away, Cradle On Fire

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