Buttercup and Sauter have built a giant free-standing wall in an abandoned space (on the northwest corner of Jones and Broadway). By removing material from the wall, Sauter is building an actual sized sculptural replica of Buttercup’s drumset. The sculpture is composed of 400+ individual pieces cut out of the wall, the result of hours of labor and much sweat and some of Sauter's DNA. Sauter has filmed original images of Buttercup to project onto this structure, and onto the band as it plays within the structure ...
... “Plato’s Drums" is a nod to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where a group of men are shackled to a wall and cannot see what is going on behind them. They only see shadows on the wall cast by the puppeteers behind, so Buttercup wrote several new songs and rerecorded a few other old songs to fit this theme. Our songs for the piece are about misinterpretation, blindness, the ego and drumming. One is about Helen Keller, the most remarkable underdog. "Parallax View" speaks of the dangers of the ego in the effort to construct truth from fragile human memory.
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