About The Show
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Demitasse (pronounced “DEHmee-toss”) is a two piece acoustic group. It is the side project for Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes of the Texas art rock band Buttercup. Singing softly, the duo crafts “spare, riveting, heartsick folk-pop.” Demitasse’s singing sets them apart: like those of the Everly Brothers or the Carpenters, their voices are twinned with a family-like trust. Their debut record, Blue Medicine, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, and NPR picked the band as one of the top acts to see at SXSW.
Joe Reyes is a Grammy award-winning guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Erik Sanden composes songs that NPR calls “jangly art rock for the left side of the brain.” Together in Buttercup and now in Demitasse, they sing together like brothers and are charmingly familiar with their audiences.
Demitasse expands their palate greatly on Powercouple with thicker instrumentation, more drums, and some driving numbers that almost verge into rock and roll territory. However, this lusher, bigger sound doesn’t seem to drown out the sweet pathos in the songwriting. This collection of songs has an abundant sense of dark humor. “You Must be Lonely” is an absurdist take on unrequited love, complete with kitchen pots and pans for percussion. “Timmy Reed” is a stream of conscious ditty that reflects the weirdness of the dream world as it melds sports and art. In “Timmy Reed” Tim Duncan’s head gets somehow fused with Lou Reed’s body, and their sum is greater than their parts. Try not to smile when Lou/Tim starts giving advice.
Crack of fate gunfire opens “Leave the House,” an agoraphobic treasure trove of neurosis, and it is stunningly vulnerable and beautiful. It is twinned with “Majic” an equally tender prayer for loved ones. Even here, at the nadir of the record, a noble thread of optimism weaves through its dark corners.
The album is called Powercouple as a tongue in cheek acknowledgment of Joe Reyes and Erik Sanden’s 15 years of collaboration. Joe says “I think we should be better by now.” Sanden adds “we are.”
At some point in the midst of the recording, Erik said to Joe, “it's like we are alone, together.”
Demitasse releases their second album, Powercouple, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in the Carlos Alvarez Theater Saturday, September 29, 2018. Demitasse will perform as a full band for the first time, with Odie (Buttercup) on bass, Chris Maddin on piano, and Dane Rousay on drums.