Buxton (Houston, TX) -Press Reviews from the 7″ ‘Feather / Flint’..
“…The kind of future collectible thing you’ll want to own when they become famous…One of Houston’s finest bands” The Houston Chronicle
“Feathers alone is my call for song of the year…It’s the stuff that will get you dancing and will take your darkest days and make them bright and joyous.” Ramon Medina, Free Press Houston
“…The 7 incher from Heaven to bring Houstonians what they love.” IndieHouston
“…These songs are good. Damn good.” Michael Dallas Miller, Dryvetyme Onlyne
“…Quickly becoming a Houston trademark” Craig Hlavaty, Houston Press
“The songs are classics; they definitely pay the past a nod, but the band has built solid tunes on a time-tested foundation and then adorned it with a dash of modernity, giving them a timeless quality.” Marc Brubaker, Houstonist
“If there’s an award for Best Hooky Riff of the Year, these guys should be in the running.” Jeremy Hart, Space City Rock
The Donkeys (San Diego, CA) – We would love to be able to say that the Donkeys are simply four California beach bums who love to surf, drink cheap beer and jam as the sun sets over the Pacific. The long legacy of music hailing from California — from Bakersfield to the Beach Boys, Sweetheart of the Rodeo through Slanted and Enchanted — has shaped our sense that everything and everyone “out west” is laid back, comfortable and cool.
And to be fair, when it comes to the Donkeys, some of this mystique is true — two of the band’s members are indeed surfers, and all four have been known to down a six pack or two. But like California, the real-life Donkeys (best friends from Southern California, Timothy DeNardo, Jessie Gulati, Anthony Lukens and Sam Sprague) are much more… real. If their backstory contains those top-down cars and suntanned utopian surf tableaus, it also contains the malaise and the escape fantasies familiar to all suburban kids of the 80s and 90s. Miraculously, the music manages to comfortably communicate both moods at once. Any expression of existential ennui — “is this all there is?” — is simultaneously soothed by an unrushed guitar lick and a harmonized twang that becomes almost, dare we say, meditative.
Part of this magic comes from the fact that there’s no artifice to the Donkeys’ songs, from the matter-of-fact breakup blues of “Boot on the Seat” to the playful recollections of a late, drunken night narrated on “Nice Train.” These are everyday lives in the postmodern world expressed with a deep respect for classic songs from the 70s through the 90s — for spacey grooves and soulful, jangly swagger — that elevates the subject matter beyond the ordinary. Living on the Other Side, the band’s second album, is not meant to hit you over the head with a flamboyant single — instead, imagine Ray Davies jamming with the Byrds, or a Gene Clark-fronted Buffalo Springfield — and you’ll get a sense of the tradition that informs this band.
Living on the Other Side is about rolling down the windows, cranking up the stereo, and hitting the open road. Maybe you’re running away, and maybe you’re not, but either way, everything’s going to be alright.
Steve Reno (Houston, TX) –
Steve Reno was born and grew up in California, but has lived half his life in Texas,which makes him comfortable enough to say” I told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!” He has played in bands in LA and Houston since he was in high school. It wasn’t until a few years ago that he started playing solo acoustic gigs.
At this time he is releasing a new album entitled ” Soft Shoulders”. His musical style has been described as old school( he disagrees, says it is stone age). It is also called folk and Americana. Whatever you call it, it’s all for fun and fun for all.