We Hunt Buffalo
We Hunt Buffalo EP (Independent)
While many bands that align themselves with animal names might hardly deserve the title, We Hunt Buffalo’s dedication to track down and capture the dying breed of rock and roll certainly gives itself leave to be called whatever-the-hell it pleases.
The Vancouver-based three-piece seems to have caught onto the fact that every good, classic record needs at least one song dedicated to drugs, which is why its self-titled debut EP kicks off with “Strange Sensation”: a five minute homage to one-night’s trip in the desert. The track is distorted and sludgy, but maintains the clarity of a good old-fashioned rock tune with devilish licks and soulful howls.
“The Search” is the second gem on the six-song disc. It starts out with heavy drums and a catchy riff before bleeding into a melodic rhapsody that’s nearly reminiscent of the early Tragically Hip, with a vocal intonation somewhere between Gord Downie and Danzig.
Showing the music scene that, yes, once again can just a guitarist, bassist, and drummer comprise a great band, We Hunt Buffalo is resurgence of a three-piece act we’ve been ever-so-patiently waiting for since 1994.
And the group definitely has the chops to prove it’s worth its salt. “Northern Desert” and “Rain”—with slower riffs and softer percussion—showcase the musical talents that the boys really possess, and if somehow that weren’t enough, they establish it once again with instrumental ditty, “The Hitchhiker”.
In only six tracks, the guys of We Hunt Buffalo have piqued enough interest for one to ask: who the hell are these guys and where can I hear more? Well, whoever they are, they definitely slay. Buffalo, that is.