05 Aug 2006 // A review by johnsoncraigsbc
Being a big fan of The Phoenix Foundation, I had high expectations for Luke Buda's solo performance at the San Francisco Bathhouse last night. When Luke finally came on sporting a pompous jacket with tails and all, I knew I wasn’t about to be let down.
I was a Luke Buda virgin until last night, and it was a night to remember. Luke, as usual, was in fine form. His music had similarities to The Phoenix Foundation, but wasn’t a complete replication, and I enjoyed a slight heavier position than that of his original band. Along with his guitar playing skills, Luke's voice was of a high quality, and seemed to get better and better as the night progressed. Along with his musical performance, Buda always puts on a funny, interactive show, and quite often shouts out remarks, much to the audiences amusement.
Luke Buda was also accompanied by an outstanding band, which included an amazing keyboard player. The second song into the set provided us with the keyboard solo of the evening, a very intense and powerful instrumental segment which blew the crowd away.
Another highlight of the show was a guest appearance from co Phoenix Foundation front man - Samuel Flynn Scott, who assisted with vocals and tambourine in a particularly harmonious song.
As the night drew closer to an end, Buda and the band seemed to be only warming up. A powerful cover of ‘Purple Rain’ was absolutely amazing! An extended end and a long vocal build up turned up the heat as the chorus was repeated again and again, much to the audiences’ appreciation, and evidently Buda's pleasure.
With a short off time period they proceeded to play an encore, and it was my personal favourite of the night. The guitar solo at the end stages of the song is what did it for me. Some of the effects used were incredibly effective, and the vocal effects were somewhat- intense.
Luke Buda had comprehensively lived up to my expectations, and more. His shows are always entertaining through his evident sense of humour, and I can’t wait for his next gig.