Buke & Gass is only two people, but they manage to make a lot of noise.
That partly due to the fact that the lo-fi experimental pop duo is powered by hybrid instruments that the band members made themselves.
Arone Dyer, the female half of the band, plays a modified baritone ukulele — that’s the buke. And Aron Sanchez, the male, performs on a guitar-bass mash-up — the gass. Dyer also plays a “toeberine,” a percussion instrument she wears on her foot.
“We did have a drummer for a couple months,” Sanchez said. “[But] we discovered that we didn’t necessarily need a drummer. So it just ended up being like, ‘Oh OK, we can handle this on our own.’ And maybe that’s kind of cool.”
But how do these instruments work? Let them explain.
Aron Sanchez on the Gass
• It “developed out of just a bass guitar. ... I just started adding ... guitar strings and pick ups.”
• There are “six strings but two of the strings are bass strings. But they alternate — there’s a bass string, then a guitar string, then a bass string, then three guitar strings.”
• “The gass is always in development. I’m never quite happy with it. … I’m going to start making a new one probably next month”
Arone Dyer on the Buke
• “The buke started out as a cheap baritone ukulele. … [I] remade the bridge, drilled a couple more holes, added two more keys and ended up with six strings.” [A ukulele normally has four.]
• “We’ll probably have to make another one soon because the body of buke ... keep[s] falling apart.”
• “It sound like a toy and it plays like a real guitar. It’s got this crazy ability to be really heavy and its so small. It’s such a contradictory instrument.”
If you go: Buke & Gass are at Mercury Lounge on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 217 E. Houston St., 212-260- 4700. $12