The timing couldn't be any more perfect, really. A week after Eisley's high-profile tour with Coldplay, the band will headline Buzz-Oven's pair of all-ages shows at the Ridglea Theater (June 21) and Trees (June 28). For Aden Holt, Buzz-Oven's boss, it can't get much better than that.
(If you're wondering what's up with all this Buzz-Oven business, allow us to recap briefly: In early 2000, Holt started Buzz-Oven when he noticed how many 17-and-under types showed up for the all-ages showcases he put together for One Ton Records, the now-defunct label he ran at the time. He figured if he could get to these young ears early enough, he could get them interested in local music. So, a couple of times a year, Buzz-Oven picks three bands, puts two songs from each on a CD and hands them out for free through its Web site--www.buzz-oven.com--and at area high schools via "buzzers," its network of young volunteers. The goal: "building a scene, one free CD at a time." Some bands that have been involved include Slow Roosevelt, Chomsky, the Deathray Davies, South FM, Flickerstick, Red Animal War, the Rocket Summer and the Burden Brothers. OK, you're caught up.)
You could argue, and you might even have a point, that Bowling for Soup's appearance on the sixth installment of the CD-and-shows combo was the turning point for Buzz-Oven, allowing them to press more copies of the free discs and recruit more buzzers to distribute them. But we think that Eisley's involvement brightens Buzz-Oven's future even more. The group is young (the youngest, Stacy DuPree, is 14; her sister Chauntelle is the oldest, at 21), talented (check out their new EP, Laughing City) and they already appeal to the kind of kids Buzz-Oven wants to involve. Should be a lay-up.
The other two bands on the bill, the Adventures of Jet and the Jimmi Sticks, could definitely use the rub. The Jimmi Sticks (who won a battle of the bands to earn their place) have already released two albums, even though they formed in 2000, but they've been flying pretty close to the ground, avoiding the radar at all points. And the Adventures of Jet are as great as they are underappreciated, a band sorely in need of an influx of new eyes and ears; their new Muscle is the kind of album that makes the skip button on CD players obsolete.
Which is the great thing about Buzz-Oven--every time out, it gives at least one band a chance to find its audience. It's a win-win for everyone associated: The bands get to keep making music, club owners sell more tickets and everyone who turns out has the opportunity to get turned on to something new. You can't ask for anything better than that. Maybe Holt should run for city council.
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