Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

Welsh classic rock outfit BUFFALO SUMMER have been announced as special guests to KADAVAR (Nuclear Blast Records) on their UK tour this October.

Their new self-titled alum is released this week on Cargo Records.

This latest news follows a highly successful year for Buffalo Summer – already in 2013 this young classic rock band have toured the UK / Europe with Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe, Walking Papers (Duff McKagan) and Heavens Basement as well as playing 2 shows at Download Festival 2013.

We had a listen to the new album and here’s what we thought:

Buffalo Summer LongThe album starts with “She’s All Natural” – and an effervescence of fire eating guitar – that crackles along. The voice climbs, spins, and vibrates. But it’s that guitar that is amoral and as sinfully elegant as asilk glove tugged from slinky burlesque dancer.

Down to the River’ has a twangy country vibe. Bubbles of guitar sputter and buzz around the main hook, and the voice sharp-shoots out like a dud Harley V-twin on a bad day. But the simmering guitar will gently purr into your ear – to give you the chills – and to make your day.

Truth From Fable’ has an epic feel and a dramatic start. Andrew’s voice is manfully up for the job. Hirsute and masculine. Then ‘A Horse Called Freedom’ arrives. This has about the same pace as the previous track. It shakes and staggers like a hay wagon on a hill. The chorus on this track is fabulous and bold, and it should be a real pleasure when Buffalo Summer play it live.

Rolls On Through’ starts out like “Foxy Lady” – Jimi Hendrix – all soap suds, stinging guitar licks, scurrilous bass sounds and a thoroughly starchy voice. Then ‘Ain’t No Other’ shoots in with a lascivious rhythm and oodles of power-metal thunder … and it hurtles along next to the vocal. It’s a silver-moon extravaganza. That’s what it is.

There is something so definitely Led Zeppish about ‘March Of The Buffalo’ – that it will blow your mind. It’s the stand out track on this disc (for sure) and it’s as potent and as strutting as a dandy in hell. The rhythm imposes itself deep inside your innermost recesses. And the cocky riff will make you smile impurely to yourself. The acrobatic vocal flies high – as it inverts itself – like a gravity defying pole-dancer on her last spin.

Keep On Runnin’ sounds like a biker anthem to us. It evokes memories of burning oil pans, greased up chains and smoking pipes. Then ‘Typhoid Mary’ screams in like a Mountain Buzzard on the kill.

This exciting album concludes with ‘Ol’ Duke’ and an immensely infectious riff. The verse is so titillating and proud that it really reminds us of Aerosmith. You gotta believe it… this is the real pumpin’ thing.

Our verdict: Sexy, dirty, blues-rock that is so darn addictive you’ll need several sessions of rehabilitation to get over it.

– © Neil_Mach August 2013 –


UK Tour Dates

Oct 23rd London – Borderline
Oct 24th Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
Oct 25th Glasgow – Cathouse
Oct 26th Nottingham – Bodega
Oct 27th Manchester – Deaf Institute
Oct 28th Bristol – Exchange

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