The Buttertones’ Gravedigging is more a movie waiting to happen than an album—or a soundtrack just waiting to inspire a movie, with scene after scene of action, tension and release set to a sound that takes everything good and true about American music before the Beatles prettied it up (surf, sweet soul, the boss saxophone-overdrive garage of the Northwest wailers like the Sonics) and matches it to punk energy, post-punk precision and the kind of personality that blows the circuit-breakers at a backyard party. (Which actually happened, of course.) They’ve even got casting suggestions if anyone wants to start filming—like Willem DeFoe, Winona Ryder, Lucy Liu, and Tommy Wiseau in as many roles as possible. Says guitarist Dakota Boettcher: “We all love movies so much. When you listen to a soundtrack, it has peaks and it has lows, but it’s a whole journey. That’s what we want to do. We want you to go on a journey.”
The Park is notorious for their ability to bring raw honest groove and captivating energy to whatever musical context they find themselves. The Park’s musical diversity and astounding musicianship has allowed them to cover much ground supporting artists from around the world, as well as releasing their own original material.
Since 2003 The Park has been consistently touring and recording, backing artists nationally (New York to L.A. and everywhere in between) and internationally (including Europe, Chile, and the Middle East).
With Derek, Josh, Ben and Nate making up the core of the group, The Park’s playground has grown to include some of the most talented and sought after guitarists, horn players, vocalists and emcees in the industry.
The Park’s musical range and diversity can be heard on a number of album releases supporting such artists as Darondo, Alice Russell, Grillade, Jesse Boykins, Big K.R.I.T., Bri Anne Michelle, Nino Moschella, Keelay, Ragen Fykes, Happy Mayfield and many more.