|Photo: Birds The Word|
The last time Buildings played Total Fest they encountered so many mishaps on the road, I was sure they were cursed. They were touring with Hawks, who due to some van "trouble" basically rolled into town, set up, and played their set. It was a good set, but I think the chaos was a distraction. Buildings set was magnificent, but after I walked away to work my door shift, Brian's equipment gave out. A few days later, bones were broken. I've never been happier for two bands to make it home. Since then, Buildings released a split 7" on Exit Music,Riot House Records released It Doesn't Matter in 2014, and they've changed bassists (again). It Doesn't Matter builds on their crushing, jarring sound while it retains and maybe exploits the playful quality that was somewhat hidden in their early releases.
Live, they're ferocious, pounding through their set with a refreshing fuck you vibe. You can play the records as loud as you want, but their ear-ringing live sets is where it's at. Buildings is brutally brilliant, and we're totally stoked to have them play Total Fest this year.