Illuminate Your Room Out August 19th on Exploding In Sound + Babe City Records
Playing NYC’s Bowery Electric Tonight with James Chance & The Contortions
photo credit: Danny Lane
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“Bueno Summer” continues and things are heating up. The band are excited to share “Blown Out,” the third single from the Staten Island quintet’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Illuminate Your Room. Due out August 19th via Exploding In Sound and Babe City Records, “Blown Out” is a dreamy track, showing the sweeping nature of Bueno at their best, while Luke Chiaruttini sings of broken memories, overstimulation, and reworked nostalgia. The song slinks about on duel guitar harmonies and crooning vocals with a breezy charm, it’s a slacker pop anthem of repressed thoughts amid “the wasteland” of Chiaruttini’s mind.
Chiaruttini says “Blown Out” is about “the pain of nostalgia and what comes from a sensory overload when a too-strong sun or decrepit American infrastructure triggers oppressive memories to come flooding back. The memories don’t come back intact but as disjointed glimpses of the past that we reconstruct as narrative later.”
Premiering on AdHoc, they offered their own interpretation of the song:
“Bueno delivers a personal take on a familiar rock narrative. Waking up to a world they don’t understand or particularly like, Chiaruttini’s narrator confronts a vapid and unforgiving wasteland from the perspective of an outsider.
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Bueno lead man Luke Chiaruttini first met Mikey Gagliardi, who plays guitar and sax, on a bus ride home from Catholic school. Mikey threw his shoe at Luke’s head, and then kindly asked for Luke to give it back. It was one of the many quiet rebellions that Mikey, Luke, Joe Imburgio (bass), AJ Pantaleo (drums), and Mike DiBenedetto (guitar) would engage in throughout their adolescent years growing up and fucking up in Staten Island. Whether sneaking in underage for rock shows at the now-defunct Martini Red, or journeying to the middle-of-nowhere Staten Island to play packed shows, the guys of Bueno know music at their home base can be an uneven struggle. Yet the borough holds a quiet abundance of creative energy that has pushed Bueno to be as enterprising as any other act throughout the five boroughs.
Bueno has journeyed a long way from their early days on the school bus. The band has grown up through the Staten Island rites of passage – rebellion, Catholic guilt, apathy, malaise. They’ve also toured around the country, and during their most recent travels, Chiaruttini took to writing Illuminate Your Room, the follow up to 2015’s Guilt. Illuminatehas all of the yearning and exploration of a trip written right into its DNA. Largely recorded in Sunset Park at the homespun studios of Shea Stadium guru Adam Reich, Illuminatebristles with the unpredictability and raw energy of Bueno’s strong suit, the jam session. Guitar occasionally jumps ahead of bass and drums, and songs cut in abruptly simply because Reich thought to hit record mid-jam. But Chiaruttini took to writing more of this record, and the structure of Illuminate is more plotted out. The album draws upon the aural grab bag of decades of New York City rock to catalog a 24-hour span, opening in the early morning hours with meandering and somber piano, and closing out the album by evoking late evening with a howling, aching saxophone.
Ultimately, Illuminate Your Room is an internal journey, a meditation on Chiaruttini’s own push and pull relationship with society in all its forms. Up against gender expectations, suburban malaise, and technological excess, Chiaruttini finds his escape in having no purpose. Album standout “Oh Lord I’m Confused,” for example, weaves together fast and loose guitars with a story of a girl from D.C. who spends her afternoons drinking champagne and playing the drums. The song conveys that rollicking, fleeting sensation of being apart from society yet still at the heart of the sprawling American empire, overstimulated and completely alone. Chiaruttini finds these pockets of 21st century isolation closer to home too – on the atmospheric title track, he walks around the Island in the pre-dawn morning to find a scattered array of windows lit up by TV glow or a bedside lamp. In our most intimate spaces, at all hours of the day, society’s reach still holds strong. Because even in a sleepy borough like Staten Island, it’s still so damn hard for Bueno to get any rest.
“With jamming reminiscent of Pavement, Velvet Underground-like candor, and Talking Heads style elasticity, Bueno’s funky punk vibes are electric.” – The FADER
“Chiaruttini’s ominous and semi-spoken vocals, when paired with the doomful drumming and distorted guitar chords, result in a cautionary track that both succumbs to and warns of what happens if you keep your eyes on the cards. Or even worse, what can happen when you look away.” – Consequence of Sound
Illuminate Your Room is due out August 19th.
“ILLUMINATE YOUR ROOM”
Exploding In Sound + Babe City Records
August 19, 2016
1. Rosebank 5:00AM (Intro)
2. I Got Your Back
3. Oh Lord I’m Confused
4. Blown Out
5. Wasted Anyway
6. I Feel So Raw
8. Eye On The Cards
9. Mona (1991 – 2015)
10. Burn This Year
12. Illuminate Your Room (Rosebank 4:59AM)