With several band members now living out of state (Justin in Colorado, Willy in Malta, Harvey in Washington and Ryan and Ray in Portland), many parts were recorded remotely. Drums and much of the electric guitar were recorded at Revolver Studios and the rest was laid down piece-by-piece and mixed by Edgar McCrae at his home studio. Influences for the record range from Tom Waits to The White Stripes.
The Builders and The Butchers formed in 2005 and feature a line up of Ryan Sollee (lead vocals & guitar), Willy Kunkle (bass, guitar, vocals & percussion), Justin Bair (drums, backup vocals & percussion) and Harvey Tumbleson (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals & percussion). They’ve since gained a strong and ever growing following after years of playing anywhere and everywhere and are now recognized as one of most exciting live bands in the Pacific Northwest.
The band toured throughout the US and Europe from 2007-2012 playing music festivals, such as Sasquatch and Lollapalooza, and acting as support for Portugal. The Man, Heartless Bastards, Amanda Palmer and Murder By Death.
Having recently completed a successful tour of the states and Europe, The Builders and The Butchers are set to announce further live dates in the very near future.