Guns and Butter, the debut record by Durham, NC rock and roll band Bull City melds the twin universes of heady, precise indie rock and Southern fried classic rock. Hometown heroes who have honed their chops in many other bands in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham Triangle music scene, the four equal members of Bull City bring equal amounts of nspired songcraft, sonic invention and to put it quite simply, “the rock.”
Despite Bull City’s relatively short history and disclaimer of any specific influences (officially ranging) from anyone to everyone) the bands low-key, locally-distributed EPs and myspace tracks have attracted immediate attention from fans of like-minded bands such as My Morning Jacket (whose longtime soundman Ryan Pickett coproduced key Guns and Butter tracks “Game” and “Knock it Down”), Kings of Leon and genre godfathers Wilco.
The band’s exuberant live set, unpretentious attitude, dedicated work ethic, and warm embrace of the internets are quickly translating into a steadily growing audience. The only thing really missing was a great record, and Bull City’s Urban Myth debut Guns and Butter is as masterful a mission statement as any young band on the verge of greatness could draft.
1. Ford Ranger All American 3:22
2. Game 4:16
3. Easy 4:00
4. Sally 4:56
5. Runnin’ 4:59
6. Everything falls apart 4:27
7. Knock it down 4:21
Recorded by Jim Brantley at Fire Hazard Studio
Tracks 2 and 7 recorded by Ryan Pickett and Jim Brantley at Picks Gym
Mastered by Jeff Carroll at Bluefield Mastering