Today, Chicago hardcore band Buggin have released their debut album, Concrete Cowboys, out now on Flatspot Records. Working with producer Andy Nelson at Bricktop Studios and with mastering by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege, Buggin have created an enthralling 12 songs across the record. The album title comes from a cut on the band’s 2019 demo and that song sees a rework as does “Poser Bulldozer”. Alongside tracks titled “Snack Run” and “The Customer Is Always Wrong,” it’s clear that Buggin aren’t afraid to have a little fun while singing about everyday occurrences.
As the band puts its: “The album pretty much shows our growth as a band while still sticking true to our roots and why we started everything: having fun with the homies and not taking yourself too seriously. We’re not concerned with following any type of trends, just sticking in our own lane.”
Between these more playful elements are cathartic moments from vocalist Bryanna Bennett. “Hard 2 Kill” was written as a self-empowerment anthem, while “Not Yours” delves into the tokenization of women and non-binary folks in the hardcore scene. Closer “Youth” finds Bennett’s snarling vocals aided by bassist Dewey Hendrik’s more surf-punk vocal approach, creating a soundtrack for the younger generation.
Buggin will head to Europe this summer for a run of headlining shows and festival plays alongside Spaced. The band also has set performances at Detroit’s Tied Down Fest on June 4th and will join up with Zulu, End It, Soul Glo, Kharma, Burn, Truth Cult and more for The Tribes Of Da Moon this August in NYC. Full dates below.