Thursday, November 18, 2010


We are honored to be attending the Hollywood Music in Media Awards tonight at Kodak theater Complex/Hollywood & Highland Center. Our song 'Bye Blue Sky' was licensed to the film 'Flying Lessons' this past year and is nominated in the music genre category----we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of an organization that is so supportive to musicians independent and otherwise. Our thanks to all involved---and we look forward to a wonderful event celebrating the artist community. We will update further tomorrow-----


Monday, October 11, 2010

Hello all

I just wanted to write a few words since I haven't been able to in awhile. For the past 2 months we have been working on this new record and have been slaving away since the beginning of the process because we believe in the message and to be quite honest are happily in our element when the crimson red record button is pressed. Over the past few years of this band's existence--we have struggled mightily with our journey. Wonderfully, we have run parallel with our successes and trepid with the bumps in the road. But as of recent, we have had more of a forceful mindset. To embrace the fear of falling, to welcome the possibility of our missteps--and thankfully, this newfound faith has allowed us to breath far more deep, swim much farther out from shore than we could have imagined. When you have a desire to release your art to the world--you can't hide your parental--almost guardian like instincts. Almost as if you were to dread the day your child leaves for the pitfalls and heartache of college. Alas, your desire remains, and even though you remind yourself that you committed to releasing the lion you raised back to the wild from your safe containment in captivity--you still shudder at the thought. What if people listen and despise your work? What if your blood and soul isn't well received but asked to stand in the corner like some hideous decrepit leper who can't bear the thought of dancing---? But after our experience with the 'higher-ups' in the past 2 years, we came to the ultimate decision that no matter what, if we are blessed to have a listener's ears then we are happy to hear the critique to follow. Good or bad. Worse than the good or bad--is the indifference. I would much rather hearing that an individual associated with an emotion, or hated each chord---than---nothing at all. It has been 4 years since 'For Her' was released and we are ready to move to the next level in our favorite video game. So, thank you those who have given their patience so willingly. Our attempt is to offer you music that will elevate you to a calm that you have had before but didn't have the soundtrack to accompany it with.
Love and Blessings,

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Swell Season

The Swell Season Pay for Fans' Counseling :: Music :: News :: Paste

"The A.V. Club is reporting that hiatus-bound duo The Swell Season is offering to pay for grief counseling for fans who witnessed a man commit suicide at its Saratoga, Calif. show."

Thank you Glen...


Monday, August 23, 2010

No music.

This month of August has been difficult. We're on a break until September and I have cabin fever. Despite all my rage I'm still just a musician in a cage. There is mixing, there is waiting, there is searching, there is more waiting. Something feels awry. Something feels wrong. I've missed my therapy sessions. I've missed my brothers. Soon enough we'll be reunited. Drowning my anguish in new music...The Editors:

Did you hear about the man who committed suicide at the Swell Season show? I've been there. When I was 18 I went to see Harry Belafonte at the same winery where the show was held. I met him after the show. He was kind, charismatic, and real. I told him that night that I was going to be a performer for the rest of my life. Brian and I met Glen Hansard before the Swell Season show at Hollywood Bowl. He possessed the same qualities. He was gracious, kind and wide eyed. We thanked him for changing our lives. In our case he changed our lives for the better. I feel for this man who felt he had no choice, but we all have a choice.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hollywood Music In Media Awards & Conference

We are very honored to be nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards and Conference which takes place November 18, 2010.The Hollywood Music In Media Awards and Conference recognizes and honors the music in visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible for it, and the music of both mainstream and independent artists from around the globe for their compositions and recordings in all forms of media including film, TV, video games, commercial advertisements, movie trailers and music videos. Best of luck to all the nominees.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dance for me

A little something we put together the Wednesday before the show to get things off to a dancing start. We never really thought of ourselves as a dance band (still don't) but we love when people dance. It just makes you feel good all over, even if like me (the bass player) you can't dance. Sometimes you have to let loose a little, not worry about stepping on toes and just go for it.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bloc Party

I've never been impressed too easily. I've been called a music snob. It's true. So for me go and buy two albums after watching one video is pretty impressive.
Dan B

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Going Crazy in the Studio

The studio is a strange yet wonderful place. Emotions run high, tempers flair, hugs and high fives are passed around, praise is given to a great take, and creativity runs wild. Spending 12+ hours makes you go a little crazy. Sometimes it's the little things that makes it all okay. A rug, a fresh pot of coffee, and a little humor go a long way.

Going a little crazy in the studio from Brian Buckley Band on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Brian Blade is an American Grace!

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for "Amazing Grace". This song has been sung and played so many ways and throughout so many years. It's a piece of American history. This version by the Brian Blade Fellowship is ridiculous. The band is amazing and Brian Blade is just out of this world. Hope you dig.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jonsi all day and every night

I got my pre-order copy of Jonsi's album and haven't been able to stop listening. It's like nothing I've ever heard...DB

'go do' from Jónsi on Vimeo.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Recording My Friends with my friends

The process has officially begun. We don't have our old record that no one heard (that story someday). So we are working on a new one, in our new space, with our new producer and on our own terms. We are trying to capture what we do live on record. I know it's a cliché phrase, but it's what it is. We shall see what comes of it or maybe boom goes the dynamite.

Recording My Friends from Brian Buckley Band on Vimeo.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hello Thud


Goodbye Uncle

So February ended with the end of our rein of terror at Uncle Studios. Uncle was the at the inception of the band, holding this baby for the first time as we began to grow. We cut our teeth at Uncle, we skinned our knee at Uncle, we lost our virginity at Uncle (figuratively of course). The band rehearsing religiously every week made us a force to be reckoned with, a well oiled machine, it made us more than 4 men with instruments. It made us a band. During our stay at Uncle's, we were lucky enough to meet the most amazing, hilarious, and friendly person on this planet. Pat. He could be your best friend at the same time he was insulting you with an insult that had no possible comeback, and if you thought you had a comeback, you were wrong, because he'd put you right back in your place. We can't thank him enough for often letting us stay an extra 15 minutes, and always making us smile. His wife is the luckiest woman on the planet, and his children have an amazing role model and father figure. We miss you already Pat...

Amber Moran

Brian Buckley Band design final Check it out. A community of artists where you can find what you are looking for. I was lucky enough to find Amber Moran. Who designed a beautiful piece of art for the band. She was so gracious to take our original sketch of an idea and turn it into something wonderful. Our thanks and gratitude to her. Please check out her work.
Dan B

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Studio Move In

March 1, 2010 we started the move in to the new studio. I think Chris' face sums up our excitement. We are getting things moving and can't wait to start recording. I got to see Casey Hurt perform the night before at Hotel Cafe, boy can this man sing. Keep an eye out for shows and upcoming releases. Many thanks for the help he provided with move in. He was quoted as saying, "People made fun of me when I got a minivan, but then they needed to move stuff..." We also got to meet Meytal Cohen, an amazing drummer who rehearses at the same lockout location. She just received a sponsorship from Vic Firth and a new drum set. Looking forward to many updates from the studio.
Dan B


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Brian Buckley Band @ Zen Lounge 2/19/10

Our thanks to Adam's Attic! They are a great band that moved out to California from New Orleans after Katrina. We had a great show with them at Zen Lounge in Hermosa Beach last night. We were able to debut a few new songs, make some new friends, and Brian was able to debut his Tele as well. Thank you to all who made it out to the show.

Photos by Joel Andrykowski.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Sarah Louise Wilson, a long time supporter of this band and one of the most complete and talented artists this planet has ever been graced with premiered her first film entitled 'Jelly' two weeks ago at the African American Film Festival in San Diego and myself and our manager were present to witness it. Phenomenal piece of work! If you are a John Hughes fan you will adore this love letter to his films. The youtube trailer is below. Sarah has expressed interest in using our songs for her upcoming movies and we are more than happy to oblige. Very rarely does an artist of her caliber appear who is so true to her work--so this one needs your attention...

Santa Barbara Film Festival--Flying Lessons--Bye Blue Sky

We as a band went to the Santa Barbara Film Festival last week and it was a blast. Our song 'Bye Blue Sky' was used in the film 'Flying Lessons' directed by Derek Magyar and featuring Hal Holbrook, Carey Elwes, Maggie Grace and Jonathan Tucker. We were excited to say the least. It was a wonderful experience in the journey of pushing this music to as many as the universe sees fit. A thank you must go to those who made it possible to live it. Below you will find the trailer to the film and interviews from opening night--I certainly urge all who read this to go and see the film and blog about it! It is drama with lovely performances and a storyline that will absolutely pull on the heartstrings.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Meet Al (The Quiet One)

As a child I had always been fascinated by how certain objects sounded when they were struck with another object. My first influence was The Beatles; specifically Ringo Starr. My parents bought me my first legitimate set of drums when I was 9 years old. Before that I was banging on pots, pans, soup bowls, table tops, garbage can lids...anything that I could get my hands on. I learned how to read rhythmic notation in the 5th grade when I enrolled in my school's band program. I was involved with top 40 dance bands, marching bands, and symphonic wind ensembles throughout my formative years. I am a Berklee College Of Music alumnus.

I have always been fascinated by musicians with eclectic sensibilities, but my musical tastes range across a broad spectrum of genres. My influences include (but are not limited to): The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Kings Of Leon, Return To Forever, Brand X, Yes, Stuart Copeland, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Parliament-Funkadelic, Incubus, Thelonious Monk, Radiohead, Andre Segovia, Vinnie Colaiuta, Silversun Pickups, Allan Holdsworth, Terry Bozzio, Rage Against The Machine, The Dixie Dregs, Ani DiFranco, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, etc. I am an adherent to the musical philosophy that there are only two kinds of music: good and bad.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

St. Vincent - Marrow Live on ACL

Every once and a while something jumps up and screams right in my face. I have no other choice but to let the flood gates open. This happened with St. Vincent, artist and Brooklyn band fronted by Annie Clark. Maybe it's the fuzzed out guitars or the absolutely beautiful groove? The scene as it were in Brooklyn for the last couple of years has really shown the kind of artistic growth that any true golden age should have. I've always been a huge fan of artists using their influences to produce the most authentic art they can. St. Vincent is right there blowing my mind. I hope you enjoy this live performance from Austin City Limits.

Mike M.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thank You

So the other evening I was mugged. 3 men approached me following a gig we played in Highland Park. I was silly enough to leave the show alone, guitar in one hand and a bag of equipment in the other. Hobbling back to my car (due to hyper-extending my knee from a bad jump into the audience) they must have targeted me from afar. Assuming, I suppose that either I was an easy target or inebriated. A knife was unleashed and pointed in my face--with directions to hand them my instrument (or as the thug described 'your violin, homie')--which I did. 'I am gonna kill you homie--I am gonna cut you homie'--like a record that I never wanted to hear again. I calmed myself as quickly as humanly possible and figured he might cut me stomach to chin even if I hand him my guitar.

My Taylor 914ce is my baby. I might add it was supposed to accompany me for the rest of my days. She loved me deeply and had my blood where (from bandaged fingertips and shattered nails) a pick guard may have existed on another model. Her strings were dull from the constant attack and I could imagine--in that moment--this was the last time we would have partnered. The thought crossed my mind that this was my final show. So I tentatively watched this young man aim the knife closer, I figured that if I am lucky to get out of here with my life that tomorrow I would enjoy the greatest cup of coffee these taste buds have ever experienced. A car pulled around the corner which led the 3 gents to rush off in a fury. Needless to say, I sighed an air of relief that rivaled the sound of a chorus of angels.

A few days later, this last Sunday to be exact--my family and friends presented me with the single kindest act any collective could offer. They took it upon themselves to raise donations in order to purchase a new Taylor. This was all done in secret and I must say I wept an ocean of appreciation. I am writing this now to thank those precious few who so thoughtfully decided to create grace and good from such a horrendous situation. I thought after the 3 boys left with my guitar--that though you may have taken my instrument--you will never be able to take my music. It is my therapy, my prayer--and here a group of people who take the time to listen, sincerely hear what we as a band do--decided to push me to not accept this negativity but embrace it.

The universe needed that guitar more than I--and in my current optimism I hope that the guy who stole my Taylor from me, gave it to his brother or little sister who has dreams of playing music and can't afford a wooden box with six strings. Or maybe it has landed in a pawn shop and will be purchased by a man looking to give it as a birthday present to a young child who will become someone who will change this world and our outlook with chords and melodies.

Frankly, the gift that these people close to me chose to give--I will never EVER be able to thank enough for the most overwhelming moment in my life. Not because of the financial aspect of the whole ordeal but because you showed me that this music that we adore, that we sweat and bleed for--actually means something dear to you. And that is all I need in this planet. Amongst all the doubt and fear that partners with being a musician in this society of mainstream practicality--there is a marketplace for something original, something strangely authentic, something that will last. My associations with you all has taught me that faith is the only weapon worth wielding. I love you all dearly and can only thank you by singing louder and offering to you all that you have given to me.... only love....

My blessings to my family--may the world learn something from you...

Brian Buckley

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


If you were to call me a slut for Sigur Ros, I wouldn't be offended at all, mainly because that is what I am. I have been an avid listener of all of their albums, Takk... which happens to be my favorite, always finds it's way into the soundtrack of my life. Almost any discussion of music flows downstream into a pool of shimmering Sigur Ros. When the side project Rice Boy Sleeps was on the horizon, I was quite excited. Now with Jonsi's solo album only a month away, I again am quite excited. In true Sigur Ros fashion, I'll let the music speak for itself...
Dan B


Last Friday started innocently enough, at a party in West L.A. A few drinks with friends, and someone informing us that eating Taco Bell will give you cockroach babies in your belly. I guess Modest Mouse's Doing the Cockroach was all about eating Taco Bell, but enough about that. The real fun started at midnight...

We made our way to the Unknown Theater to catch an amazing band, the Damn Sons. The Unknown Theater has an underground New York vibe. And even though I've never been to New York, I knew it smelled like what Lou Reed's leather jacket should smell like, the sweat, the booze, the pawn shop where you got your first guitar. The music being made here wasn't to make you feel like you were relaxing in the sunshine. It was the kind of music that has spent some time in the gutter, beaten and bloody, but it continues to pick fights at the off chance that it can connect a few good blows.

The Damn Sons are not only Damn Good People, but also a Damn Good Band. A trio of guitar, bass and drums which sounds way bigger than the sum of it's parts. Travis on lead guitar with his arsenal of effects starts off with a little help from the Damn Choir, "WE'RE SINGING, YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!", but we were listening. The drummer, Jens Kuros hits his set as if it would fight back if he didn't beat it into submission, and the bassist, Grant holds it all together like Gorilla Glue. It was a powerful and fast set, with a few new songs as surprises toward the end of the night.

We had the honor to share a stage with the Damn Sons at the Echoplex and look forward to playing and watching many more shows with them. Through a little bit of Internet stalking, I found another of the drummer's other projects, Mouse Kills Tiger. Experimenting with Electronica and Indie influences, they create a great some great tracks.

Be sure to check out the Damn Sons live. They will make you move.
Also, get a free EP download of Mouse Kills Tiger.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Into the Bright Blue Sky

It's 2010 and the clouds are parting. This year has many great things in store for the band, but every great story begins with a dark background. Friday January 22, we played our first show of the new year. As many have heard, Brian was held at knife point and had his baby, the tool of his art, his guitar taken by a few misguided, desperate people. Taking a page from Conan's notebook, we are not going to be cynical. To waste our time with hate and anger would be to tarnish our muse: LOVE. The outpouring of love and support was immediate. BJ Clark, a close friend and fellow artist offered his support at his first show coming up January 31 at the Mint in Los Angeles. This outpouring of kindness is a testament to the fact that, "Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."

We are blessed with the news that our close friends, Casey & Lauren Hurt and Mimi & Teft are moving to L.A. Being surrounded by artists keeps us grounded with the fact that we are so lucky to be doing what we love. We look forward to much more music, much more love, and many more Bright Blue Skies.