Formed in 2006, BUILDINGS is a (insert label) three piece from Minneapolis. Their music is loud, aggressive, and dynamic. Melt Cry Sleep is the band’s 2nd full-length, and the follow up to 2008’s self-released Braille Animal (recently reissued on doubleplusgood). Engineer, Jacques Wait (Off With Their Heads, Motion City Soundtrack) has perfectly reined in the band’s furious energy, allowing the 10 tightly wound tracks on Melt Cry Sleep room to breathe in contrast to their raw & visceral live sets.
One might think from the blistering opener “Rainboat” that it’s all loud, fast rules, but BUILDINGS is deceptive in their songwriting. Often switching gears several times within a song, as evidenced on tracks “Born on a Bomb” and “Invocation”. New bassist Sayer Payne’s driving bass lines and Travis Kuhlman’s frantic drumming work in tandem to steer through the chaos on songs like “I Don’t Love My Dog Anymore” and “Night Cop. Combined with Brian Lake’s snarling vocals and eerie, atonal guitar on songs like “Wrong Cock” and the madness of closer, “Crystal City”, BUILDINGS never end where they began.
Melt Cry Sleep will be available on CD & digitally through doubleplusgood records, with the LP version mastered by Bob Weston released via Cash Cow Productions.
In April 2012, bass player Sayer Payne left the band with Ryan Harding joining the fray. Ryan departed in fall of 2012 and Joe Clark has filled bass duties ever since.
The band toured the US several times in addition to a 3 week European tour promoting Melt Cry Sleep playing shows with METZ, The Men, Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex, and Titus Andronicus,
The band released a new 5 song EP on Riot House Records in April 2014. They continue to record and tour.