THE AUGUST MADNESS
THE AUGUST MADNESS is the songwriting duo David Buntz (of Augustus Leroy) and David Collett (of Sweet and Tender Hooligans). The two Davids played music together in the 1980s in a couple of different bands - Film At Eleven and Blue Rumour - but higher education and life in general sent them separate ways.
A chance meeting at the 2014 NAMM show and the ubiquity at the time of Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" sparked the idea that the time was right to revisit the 'vintage' sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's and spin them into a 21st century style.
So the Davids started writing. For the next several years they emailed each other audio files featuring an array of musical sketches and ideas that eventually evolved into a cohesive collection of songs titled - appropriately - "Action at a Distance". They brought veteran drummer Darrin Pfeiffer (of Goldfinger) and bassist Alexis Gonzalez into the studio to power the foundation that supports the swirling jungle of guitars, vocals and synths.
The end result is inspired not only by the rock, pop, punk and indie music of the last half century, but also the masterworks studied by classical guitarist Collett. Cosmic sounds and references pay homage to the discoveries made throughout the history of space exploration - from the Sputnik mission in 1957 to the recent Cassini mission. Buntz's lyrics ask how to reconcile the very analog human problems of disconnection and loneliness with the digital world.
'Distance' is in a sense a dedication to all "voyagers" past and present - to great musical minds, to rockets and probes, to us mere mortals trying to navigate it all.
For booking and other inquiries please contact:
David Collett // firstname.lastname@example.org
David Buntz // email@example.com