Back in August 2016, The Builders and the Butchers hit the Doug Fir stage to record a live album with the crew from the Banana Stand. In fact, our own photographer Jordan Sleeth was hanging in the sweaty, subterrainian log cabin on that evening and captured a ton of amazing, vibrant shots—which you can see here!
A standout from that set was a new one for The Builders and the Butchers. “'Older Than Sin' is the most straightforward almost punk song The Builders have ever done," explains lead singer and songwriter Ryan Sollee. "It's all about being stuck in a small town and feeling trapped, then getting a little old and crazy."
"The day we did this with Banana Stand was a real blur," Sollee says, but "I do remember it was the first time we ever played the song live, and since the song is so different than any other Builders song, it was super fun to play. Since then, it's become a staple in our set." And it also eventually appeared on the band's record The Spark, which came out last May.
The album version "was a really fast song to record," Sollee tells. "We did the whole thing in a day and found this great guitar tone at Revolver Studios in Portland, using this great old '60s tube amp and hollow-body electric guitar. Really excited about how this one turned out."
Now, The Builders and the Butchers return to the Doug Fir stage with a stellar supporting cast, including the local familial folk five-piece Cedar Teeth and Seattle's enegetic art rockers Ravenna Woods, to celebrate the release of that Banana Stand live record on Saturday, December 2.