A straight-ahead rock song, “Black Butter, Past”, true to its title, seems to hearken back to a musical era before the song’s own — a mere two years prior, perhaps, around 1966 when garage rock was just coming into its own. The first half of the song may indeed be in that spirit, but the last half of the short song is a jam that seems to slowly get more and more psychedelic, with a keyboard solo and the band crunching along behind it.
“Pick out something you really need
Take it in your hands and touch it
If you strike it, will it bleed?
If it dies you’ll hear the cries and know the meaning of
The grungy electric guitar is the star in this song, with some great, busy chord work and some moments of great soloing.