Describing itself as the “ugly, charming little brother of the Pioneer Valley music scene”, Northampton-area band Bucket knows its strengths. The foursome’s new EP, Bouquet (out today via Sad Cactus Records) flaunts a modern spin on Malkmus phraseology, complete with zagging riffs and hooks that are as memorable as they are pointed. In the span of 5 songs, vocalist Will Meyer takes on everything from social dynamics and privilege to capitalism and the Koch brothers, all backed by guitars that explore the full spectrum of slacker rock. Produced by local legend Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton, it’s a smart refinement of a classic Pioneer Valley sound, shaped for a moment when thought-provoking material feels newly urgent every day.
Catch Bucket along with Hammydown, Bella, and Tundrastomper tonight in downtown Amherst for the Bouquet release show. (For more details, check the event page here or, as they say, ask a punk.)