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ALIVE RECORDS 9.12
There’s a big wave of classic American rock coming through at the moment. Whereas, once, bands like The Allman Brothers were a hangover from the sixties / seventies, followed by a few, Americana seems to have shifted a gear with bands more likely to turn the knobs up high (like The Drive By Truckers). Harking back to bands like The Band and featuring touches like some Neil Young-ish guitar in a minor 7th (try Hey Girl for an example), Buffalo Killers make for an enjoyably retro-listen that sounds contemporary. Songs like Moon Daisy have an easy catchiness to them and others like Blood On Your Hands have nice touches like weeping slide guitar.
Songs are accessibly short, with an unfashionable-in-this-genre three and a half minutes a piece. They do sound like the sort of band that’d like to jam on three chords for twenty minutes at a gig. The sound is more than old school Americana rock, there is a psychedelic twist to it and something of the seventies vibe that followed the initial burst of psychedelics, something laid back. It makes for a comforting listen. It comes as no surprise this is the band’s fourth album; they have an established vibe and a groove that feels comfortable.
If you like The Black Crowes or the North Mississippi Allstars, Buffalo Killers are out there to add to your listening joy.