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When your music is being compared to the likes of Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Syd Barrett, you are obviously doing something right.  Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andy Gabbard has been hard at work recently prepping his sophomore album Plenum Castle.

Unlike the straight-forwarded fuzz pop that incorporated his debut Fluff, Gabbard’s latest features a deeper voyage into new sounds and styles.  With his stunning skills in songwriting, Plenum Castle promises to be another stunner from the Dayton, Ohio musician.

This past week Gabbard released the video to the “Impossible Girl”. Here’s Gabbard thoughts regarding the single: “With ‘Impossible Girl’ I experimented with a drum machine and various keyboards and ended up creating what was, in my mind, a New Edition-esque sound. The electric bass guitar is the only guitar featured on this track. The lyrics are super cheese. I wanted it to sound like the kind of music that was played at the roller rink or at the mandatory school dances I attended in middle school when I was a kid.”

Andy Gabbard’s Plenum Castle will be released on digital and streaming formats July 14th through Alive Naturalsound Records.
ANDY GABBARD TOUR DATES:
JUNE 17 -THE COMET (CINCINNATI)
JUNE 23 -NORTHSIDE MUSIC FEST 10  (CINCINNATI)
JUNE 30 -HAPPY DOG  (CLEVELAND)
JULY 8 -MOTR PUB (CINCINNATI)
JULY 28 – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW @YELLOW CAB  (DAYTON)

Ohio musician Andy Gabbard, of Buffalo Killers, and who released a solo record, Fluff, via Alive Naturalsound Records last year recently provided us with a list of his favorite records of 2016. This is what he was digging on.

M Ross Perkins – M Ross Perkins

Me Time – Vol. 2

Tony Molina – Confront The Truth

Teenage Fanclub – Here

Mild High Club – Skiptracing

Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion

Aaron Troyer – Swift & True

Emitt Rhodes – Rainbow Ends

Electric Citizen – Higher Time

Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger

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https://twitter.com/andygabbard)

We know that Andy Gabbard is a member of The Buffalo Killers. We know he released what some call one of the best albums of 2015. What we don’t know is that Andy is a diehard wrestling fan.

For those like him, last night was an emotional one as one of the greatest that ever entered the squared circle left it for the final time. As an exclusive premiere for Ghettoblaster, here’s “American Dragon,” Andy’s tribute to Daniel Bryan.

 

 

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Best Albums (in alpahbetical order):
Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1
They’re back. Rejoice.

 

Circus Devils – Stomping Grounds
Circus Devils aren’t for everyone. So what?

 

Czarface – Every Hero Needs a Villian
Superheroes, beats and spitting.

 

Andy Gabbard – Fluff
Guitar, brah. Guitar.

 

Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up
The soundtrack to being 30-something.

 

Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers
Portastatic, Superchunk, Go Back Snowball – whatever the name, I’m in if Mac’s in.

 

Motel Beds – Mind Glitter
Full disclosure: I work for them. Doesn’t change a thing.

 

High on Fire – Luminiferous
The time is nigh. Enter in.

 

Liturgy – The Ark Work
Amazing explorations in black metal.

 

Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Devastatingly heavy while simultaneously beautiful.

 

Best Reissue: Leatherface – Razorblades and Asprin
These albums have all been out-of-print and prohibitively over-priced for too long.

 

Best Comic: Descender
Getting impatient waiting for the next issue of Saga? Descender is more then a stop-gap as Lemire remains one of the best writers working today.

 

Best Game: Mysterium
Like Clue for adults. If marketed correctly, this could reach Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne levels of popularity.

 

Best Show: Difficult People
Billy Eichner’s characters can seem so larger then life, it’s fun to see a more toned down version here. The casting is amazing and so is the writing. Hardly a misstep.

 

Best Podcast: We Watch Wrestling
Matt, Vince and Tom are equal parts ambassadors and sherpas into the world of professional wrestling. They’re really funny too. Sometimes the guys go pretty deep down the rabbit hole of explaining their last trip to PWG, but it’s understandable – seeing PWG live sounds incredible.

Andy Gabbard (Photo by Sven Kahns)
Andy Gabbard (Photo by Sven Kahns)

Brimming with creativity, Fluff by Andy Gabbard, his debut release as a solo artist on Alive Naturalsound Records, isn’t moving beyond what Andy has done, or will continue to do with Buffalo Killers. Sometimes, ultimately, you find yourself with extra moments and more ideas than one band can develop. So naturally, it made perfect sense to give that inward creative need an outlet. Fluff is the end result.

Cut in one 12-hour studio session, Andy took on the full responsibility of doing a solo album literally. He played every instrument and wrote everything you hear. Reviving an established relationship with Alive Records, on Fluff you can hear the deeply-solid effects of the grunge genre and mid-’90s ‘alternative music’ in a sonic gestalt. Exhibiting characteristics of fairly recent genres, as well as some classics that surrounded him during his youth, Fluff breaks barriers of seemingly comfortable, unthreatening music cultivating a physical embodiment of Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, latter Beatles and even Brian Wilson.

Buffalo Killers (who, just for the record, are still going strong and will be releasing their seventh full-length album later this year).

Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering the video for title track “Fluff”. This is what Andy had to say about it.

“’Fluff’ is a sort of dark and also silly song. The lyrics are vague and abstract. My favorite songs are always the ones that mix dark and light. Sven Kahns and I tried our best to do the same with the video. We added some kitties here and there.

My favorite line in this song: ‘Poor bitch boy, things not going like you wished they would. Dumb rich boy, knocking you over and it feels so good.'”

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Buffalo Killers’ Andy Gabbard will release his debut solo album, Fluff, March 24 via Alive Naturalsound Records. Diffuser.FM premiered his new song, “Octoman.”

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Brimming with creativity, Fluff by Andy Gabbard, isn’t moving beyond what Andy has done, or will continue to do with Buffalo Killers. Sometimes, ultimately, you find yourself with extra moments and more ideas than one band can develop. So naturally, it made perfect sense to give that inward creative need an outlet. Fluff is the end result.

Cut in one 12-hour studio session, Andy took on the full responsibility of doing a solo album literally. He played every instrument and wrote everything you hear. Reviving an established relationship with Alive Records, on Fluff you can hear the deeply-solid effects of the grunge genre and mid-’90s ‘alternative music’ in a sonic gestalt.

See him live here:

March 6 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH

March 7 – Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH

March 13 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH

March 14 – Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH

March 20 – Peach’s – Yellow Springs, OH

March 21 – Used Kids Records – Columbus, OH

(more dates to be announced soon)

Brimming with creativity, Fluff by Andy Gabbard, his debut release as a solo artist on Alive Naturalsound Records, isn’t moving beyond what Andy has done, or will continue to do with Buffalo Killers. Sometimes, ultimately, you find yourself with extra moments and more ideas than one band can develop. So naturally, it made perfect sense to give that inward creative need an outlet. Fluff is the end result.

Cut in one 12-hour studio session, Andy took on the full responsibility of doing a solo album literally. He played every instrument and wrote everything you hear. Reviving an established relationship with Alive Records, on Fluff you can hear the deeply-solid effects of the grunge genre and mid-’90s ‘alternative music’ in a sonic gestalt. Exhibiting characteristics of fairly recent genres, as well as some classics that surrounded him during his youth, Fluff breaks barriers of seemingly comfortable, unthreatening music cultivating a physical embodiment of Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, latter Beatles and even Brian Wilson!

Fluff defines Andy’s environment, a creative environment… an environment of ultra-dimensional levels. The days of solo albums being released due to further ‘artistic development’ past a bands catalog of hits, are over. Buffalo Killers continue their successful run and now, it’s not running alone. Fluff is the start of something great and fathers the true sonic beauty and the relative nature of one single person and their soundtrack of nearly unending smiles in a sea of tumultuous frowns. – Shawn Abnoxious

Andy Gabbard’s Fluff will be available March 24, 2015 on CD, digital and limited edition colored vinyl through Alive Naturalsound Records.

March 6 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH

March 7 – Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH

March 13 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH

March 14 – Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH

March 20 – Peach’s – Yellow Springs, OH

March 21 – Used Kids Records – Columbus, OH

(more dates to be announced soon)

Brimming with creativity, Fluff by Andy Gabbard, his debut release as a solo artist on Alive Naturalsound Records, isn’t moving beyond what Andy has done, or will continue to do with Buffalo Killers. Sometimes, ultimately, you find yourself with extra moments and more ideas than one band can develop. So naturally, it made perfect sense to give that inward creative need an outlet. Fluff is the end result.

Cut in one 12-hour studio session, Andy took on the full responsibility of doing a solo album literally. He played every instrument and wrote everything you hear. Reviving an established relationship with Alive Records, on Fluff you can hear the deeply-solid effects of the grunge genre and mid-’90s ‘alternative music’ in a sonic gestalt. Exhibiting characteristics of fairly recent genres, as well as some classics that surrounded him during his youth, Fluff breaks barriers of seemingly comfortable, unthreatening music cultivating a physical embodiment of Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, latter Beatles and even Brian Wilson!

Fluff defines Andy’s environment, a creative environment… an environment of ultra-dimensional levels. The days of solo albums being released due to further ‘artistic development’ past a bands catalog of hits, are over. Buffalo Killers continue their successful run and now, it’s not running alone. Fluff is the start of something great and fathers the true sonic beauty and the relative nature of one single person and their soundtrack of nearly unending smiles in a sea of tumultuous frowns. – Shawn Abnoxious

Andy Gabbard’s Fluff will be available March 24 on CD, digital and limited edition colored vinyl through Alive Naturalsound Records.

ANDY GABBARD TOUR DATES

March 6 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH

March 7 – Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH

March 13 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH

March 14 – Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH

March 20 – Peach’s – Yellow Springs, OH

March 21 – Used Kids Records – Columbus, OH

(more dates to be announced soon

BUFFALO KILLERS TOUR DATES

Feb. 20 – Dunn Dunn Fest @ Subterranean – Chicago, IL

Feb. 27 – Adelphia Music Hall @ The Galley – Marietta, OH

Feb. 28 – Aldo’s Lounge – Altoona, PA

Lid

In 2010, Chad Wells experienced a spiritual awakening while awaiting the birth of his second child. The result was his dynamic first album recorded under the Cricketbows moniker. The aural excursions executed on Home defied genre classification and illuminated psychedelic, Americana, folk, country and a variety of other sonic touchstones as influences. The very next year, Wells enlisted the help of Jellyfish and Beck keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning Jr. for a handful of tracks on sophomore effort Mycocosmic Transmission.

With two significant mind-benders under his belt, Wells again defies expectations for his output with his forthcoming LP, a record that owes significant debts to Roky Erickson and Syd Barrett, and delivers Krautrock-esque epics that are a far cry from the horror movie-inspired, four-chord bangers from his previous band, The Jackalopes. For Lid, Wells assembled an intimate cast of collaborators, including Andy Gabbard from Buffalo Killers and daughter Presley Jayne, to create a collection of songs that are hell bent on redefining the Cricketbows sound.  This is what he told Ghettoblaster about it…

When did you begin writing the material for your most recent album?

The writing for Lid began immediately, just after the last album (Mycocosmic Transmission, released 11/11/11) was released. This material came together really quickly over the last year and was recorded as it developed. Initially the Cricketbows project was all about being improvisational and had a fully stream of consciousness approach and there’s a bit of that here but for the most part I wanted to capture something very specific and so writing it all down and focusing the process was key for this album.

What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? Why was it so troublesome?

The song “Exodus from Orion” was probably the song that came the least naturally. I had very specific vision that I wanted to capture this sort of Zechariah Sitchin, “Ancient Aliens” kind of story all in the shape of this one song. Anyone who’s followed any of these theories and ideas knows that there’s a lot to it so I had to kind of distill the idea quite a bit. Also the music didn’t come very naturally. The last album got a lot of comparisons to the early prog movement – Amon Duul, Can, Yes, early Genesis and bands like that – which was fabulous, as I love that kind of stuff – however that’s not really the kind of player I am. I felt as though I had to try to actually live up to that vibe a bit and this was my attempt at a more structured, technical, progressive song. I think I actually landed closer to my ‘90s influences on it though. Kind of a Jane’s Addiction meets Tribe After Tribe with a sci-fi feel.

Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?

“Sugarcube Cubensis.” The original improv that led to this song had a very Pixies kind of vibe. It was very bass driven with textural guitars. It sort of landed somewhere nearer to a hybrid of ‘80s “Paisley Underground” and “Madchester” sounds. It feels a bit like a sort of male fronted Bangles meets Happy Mondays thing or something, I think.

Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?

Andy Gabbard from Buffalo Killers sings some fantastic back up harmonies and plays guitar on the first three songs on the album and my daughter, Presley Jayne plays maracas on “Sugarcube Cubensis”. I was so honored to get Andy to play on the record and so lucky that such a talented guy lives right here in our little town. I’ve been a fan of what he and his brother Zach have been doing since they were in Thee Shams and had mutual friends so I called Andy up and offered to give him a tattoo if he’d come play on the record. He and his lovely wife came and hung out at my private tattoo studio and he put down tracks in single takes sitting right in the lobby of the studio and then he got a cool little dead buffalo tattooed on his forearm afterward. He got to be the first person to record music in the tattoo studio and I got to be the first person to tattoo him!

Who produced the record? What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?

I produced it myself. My good friend Mike Day (The Stoics, Your Favorite Assassin, Floodgate Mission) has mastered every one of the albums. He and I have been collaborating on music in some form or another for around 20 years and though he hasn’t had any creative input in this project, he’s been an indispensable sounding board and cheerleader.

Is there an overarching concept behind your new album that ties the record together?

The whole Cricketbows thing in general is from a psychedelic, transcendental sort of perspective. It’s also about positivity. I spent a lot of time in my formative years in very aggressive bands who often dealt with a lot of angry and dark subject matter and though I had inner aggressions to work out at the end of the day that’s not what’s in my heart. Also, in my search to understand my own mind and all those secrets of the Universe, I’ve done a fair amount of experimentation with psychedelic substances. After a series of very heavy, sort of Earth shattering, experiences in these altered states I kind of came out of a cocoon in a way. These Cricketbows songs are kind of my way of dealing with and putting some order to some things that really sort of blew my mind. So, there’s not a very obvious concept but there is a personal awakening sort of theme that stretches across all three albums.

Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?

Cricketbows started life as just a recording project and the further along I got with it the less I could see myself going back to playing in some aggressive punk band or something like that. The albums, thus far, are me playing the lion’s share of the instruments and vocals with the exception of Andy Gabbard on this one and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. of Jellyfish (currently playing with Beck) on the last one. I’ve had a few failed starts at getting a group of people together to play the stuff due to people’s personal lives getting in the way of the music as well as just trying to get people who can take what I’ve done and honor the vision of what I’ve done but still be able to make it their own enough for it to feel organic.

So I have finally put together a phenomenal group of folks who will be helping me bring the thing to life. We haven’t put the thing on a stage yet but plan to make up for that lost time in the very near future. We’re all chomping at the bit to get the songs in front of people and see how they react. For us as a band in the rehearsal room the more driving, straight forward tunes tend to be the most fun to play but in the moments where we lock down on the droney weird stuff is where the real goosebumps occur. Friends and fans that we’ve garnered just from the recordings all have very different reactions to things and we’re really trying to stretch ourselves beyond being a band with an obvious niche or approach so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays to a bar crowd.

Andy Gabbard

Buffalo Killers are three Ohio boys whose output harkens to ‘60s rock songwriting, but still manages to maintain a timelessness that makes them relevant in 2012.  And though Dig. Sow. Love. Grow., their 2012 record for Alive could have come out 40 years ago, it also proves that memorable, hooky songs don’t have a shelf life. 

Ghettoblaster caught up with Andy Gabbard, who recently became a new dad, between Buffalo Killers tours and before the 2013 release of the latest LP by his side collaboration Homemade to ask him what albums were wearing down the needle of his turntable in 2012.  This is what he’s been rocking…

I really don’t get around much. I’m usually pretty late on hearing about the “new” “hip” groups. I’m always rummaging around the record store looking for the lost artifact from the 60’s. That being said, I do have a handful of bands I try to follow and some favorites from this year. I probably forgot about one or two. So, in no particular order. Here is my 2012 list.

 

TAME IMPALA – LONERISM

Super spacey. Great drums and hooks. Reminds me at times of “Something/Anything” which is so cool.

 

BEACHWOOD SPARKS – TARNISHED GOLD

Love this band. Was so excited for this album. I was singing the title track in my head for months after it came out. And it came with a tote bag! Groovy!

 

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – BIG MOON RITUAL/MAGIC DOOR

Two albums in 2012?! Genuine CA rock music. Phenomenal players. Very Jerry.

 

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE – PSYCHEDELIC PILL

It’s so great to hear the horse rockin’ again. Each track really pulls you in. The songs are there. The energy is there. B.Y.O. psychedelic pill.

 

HOWLIN RAIN – THE RUSSIAN WILDS

These guys sound huge! They sound the same live! Very impressive! Great guitar work and vocal harmonies! One of my new favorite bands!

 

R.RING – “FALLOUT & FIRE” B/W “SEE” 7 INCH

Two great songs. Left me wanting more! Heavy rotation. Can’t wait till they make a full-length.

 

DINOSAUR JR. – I BET ON THE SKY

I knew I’d love this record as soon as I heard mellotron on the first track. Lou Barlow really shines on this one. Cool artwork. Lots of tasty riffs.

 

VAN DYKE PARKS – DISCOVER AMERICA  (REISSUE)

My favorite Van Dyke Parks record was reissued this year. It’s all over the place. This one has some rockers. First time I heard this album playing I thought it was T. Rex.

 

DR. DOG – BE THE VOID

These guys are just a solid band. Always look forward to what they do next. Great songs and vocal harmonies. I want one of those Dr. Dog toboggans the cool kids are wearing!

 

FATHER JOHN MISTY – FEAR FUN

Who are the Fleet Foxes? This guy is good.