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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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It’s been 10 years since the demise of the revered Cincy-based garage rock band Thee Shams, but out of those ashes rose an even mightier beast – Buffalo Killers. It was then that Zachary Gabbard from the band sent Alive Naturalsound Records’ owner Patrick Boissel a four-track demo, where they were quickly signed for the release of their self-titled 2006 debut album. Andy Gabbard recalls, “We sent Alive a CD with our name and Zach’s phone number on it. No internet involved. Patrick called Zach right as we were about to leave to play our first show.” Zach laughed, “He actually called me on 6/6/06. The CD we sent only had four songs on it; the only ones we had written and recorded. I lied and said we had enough songs for a full album.”

A lot has happened since then; they’ve released seven studio albums, had their second LP, Let It Ride, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, and have been personally invited to tour with the likes of The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, North Mississippi Allstars, Rich Robinson and others. Reflecting on working with Auerbach, Andy remembers, “He asked us to come record at his house. I played a classic Gameboy every night in his guest bedroom till I fell asleep. He made us bacon and eggs for breakfast. He had an old Rolling Stone magazine with Doug Sahm on the cover next to his toilet. He’s a celebrity now.” Zach added, “Dan and Pat both helped us in the early days. We ate a lot a hamburgers. Turning each other onto new music and just hung out having fun. I haven’t done a interview without being asked about Dan.”

Although the lion’s share of Buffalo Killers’ recorded material has been released exclusively through Alive, the band tested the waters with a new label a couple of years ago, only to return to Alive (they’re currently holed-up in the country at their Howler Hills Farm analog studio working on their newest album for the label). Asked about their decision to return to Alive, Zach was quick to respond, “Support. No other label will ever give us the freedom we have with Alive. I can’t speak highly enough about Patrick and Suzy.” Andy agreed, “We’ve always been with Alive. Since day one. They motivate us to try new things to get our name out. In our minds we never left. Alive is the best in the world.”

To mark the occasion of this band/label love-fest, as well as the tenth anniversary of the group, Alive Naturalsound Records have released a limited colored vinyl edition of Buffalo Killers’ debut LP (along with a special pack of Buffalo Killers rolling papers!). In addition, the band will be performing two special anniversary shows – May 6th at The Comet in Cincy (the renowned club where they first cut their teeth) and May 7th at Dayton’s historic Victoria Theatre, which is celebrating its own 150th anniversary this year. “We’re gonna play songs from the first album that we haven’t played in years and debut a bunch of new material for these shows,” Zach said. “Old and the new. Celebrating the past with our eyes on the future.”

To order the special limited edition of Buffalo Killers’ debut LP on flaming pink vinyl along with a special pack of Buffalo Killers rolling papers click here.

April 23 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN

Fri. May 6 – The Comet – Cincinnati, OH (10 Year Anniversary Show!)

Sat. May 7 – Victoria Theatre, Dayton, OH  (10 Year Anniversary Show!)

June 15-17 – Azkena Rock Festival, Bilbao, Spain (more shows to be announced)

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.

 

 

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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Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers and Ampline, have teamed-up for a special split single that will be available through the Dayton, KY-based indie label Sofaburn Records. The 7″ vinyl version, featuring Buffalo Killers’ “Turkey Pete Montana Man” and Ampline’s “It Will Evaporate” is currently available to order online here and will be available digitally worldwide on June 2nd.

“Turkey Pete was a real person,” says Buffalo Killers’ Andy Gabbard. “The song is a list of things he did or lied about doing. We heard of him from touring the old Montana Prison. The song wrote itself.”

Ampline’s Mike Montgomery sheds some light on their track, “We started working on a ‘concept’ album a couple of years ago, about a ship captain in the early 1400s who sets off to find the edge of the world…. like all great accounts of epic sea journeys around that time, his trip is full of fantastic sights and sounds, blurred swirls of cultures and religions and growing discontent with man’s role in life. ‘It Will Evaporate’ is about the narrator’s disbelief in Belief.”

Catch Buffalo Killers live here:

June 16 – Limelight Eventplex – Peoria, IL (w/ Rich Robinson)

June 17 – Space – Evanston, IL (w/ Rich Robinson)

June 18  – City Winery – Chicago, IL (w/ Rich Robinson)

June 19 – Midpoint Indie Summer @ Fountain Square – Cincinnati, OH

(more dates to be announced soon)

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 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

Buffalo Killers
Buffalo Killers

When Sun Pedal Recordings released Heavy Reverie in the spring, fans of bearded, blues rockers Buffalo Killers believed they were enjoying their yearly helping of hook heavy, homegrown rock from the band. So it was a surprise this fall when the band announced that they’d finished the record’s follow-up, with Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple) at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, and planned to release Fireball of Sulk on November 24.

As prolific as the band has been in the studio, 2014 has seen the band staying busy on the road as well. Buffalo Killers went coast to coast on a national tour, including visits to the annual South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, and to the studios of late night talk show host Carson Daly for a television performance.

Ghettoblaster recently spoke with Zach Gabbard, whose younger brother Andy is also one of the band’s primary songwriters, to discuss the forthcoming release, some of his favorite recent releases, swimming pools and movie stars.

Fireball of Sulk is being released hot on the heels of Heavy Reverie, which was also released this year?  Did you write and record those records separately?

I’ve always wanted to release two albums in the same year. We rehearsed and recorded Fireball of Sulk over two days last December. The Heavy Reverie sessions, recorded in August 2013, with Jim Wirt went so well that Sun Pedal invited us right back up to do another. 

What were you hoping to accomplish artistically with Fireball of Sulk?

It’s difficult to understand the process. I don’t understand the why, but I know we’ve had a prolific last few years. The songs that are pouring out are genuine reflections of where we were and are in life. I guess artistically we just wanted to stay true to ourselves.

You guys already shared a video for “Weird One.” What was the idea behind that song?

It’s a song about being young. Rebellion via hair dye and seclusion.  Those days are long gone, but not forgotten. There is tragic beauty in that and those days and I appreciate them more now that I’m a parent. 

Mountain and Blue Cheer and Big Star are some influences that people typically site for the band.  But I know you are also huge Michael Jackson fans.  What are some other influences that people might not expect to be present in your camp? 

Everyone always wants to talk about obscure bands.  I love today’s sounds too. Blitzen Trapper, Father John Misty. That new Tweedy is wicked. Spencer Tweedy is my second favorite drummer, Joey (Sebaali) being number one.

Earlier this year you guys made an appearance on Carson Daly’s late night show.  What was that experience like? 

Pretty wild. We were in Los Angeles for a few days. Alive Records put us up at a fancy hotel. Swimming pools and movie stars. 

Were you tempted to ask him what ever happened between him and Jennifer Love Hewitt?

Uh, no. 

I noticed that you produced Handsome Jack’s album, which dropped in October.  How did you meet them and what was that experience like?

We’ve been playing shows with them since our first record came out. They are a great band. We recorded it at Candyland in Cincinnati over a weekend in February. They did it live. They went home and I lined up some backup singers, harmonica and Bob Nave, from The Lemon Pipers, who plays Hammond organ on a tune.

Is production something you’re as passionate about as you are playing?

I’m passionate about music and making things happen. 

If music lore is correct, you guys may have had some help along the way from Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys).  Is lending that credible thumbs up to bands like Handsome Jack your way of “paying it forward?”

Yeah. We’ve had some great folks sing our praises over the years. It’s so hard to get your foot in the door. So many great bands and songwriters sit around and wait to be discovered. That shit doesn’t happen. You gotta get out and get it. 

At this point is music your full-time day job?  If not, is that even something that you are interested in?

I’m a stay at home dad. Best job ever. 

What other goals have Buffalo Killers not yet achieved that you’ll be chasing in 2015?

We are gonna get our studio together on my farm. Howler Hills coming soon. 

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The hook-heavy rock band Buffalo Killers officially announced that the release date of their new record Fireball of Sulk will be November 24. The group gave their fans an “early bird” special last week, notifying each one by email that the record was available for pre-order. Today, they partner with Relix.com for the official announcement and to premiere the music video for their song “Weird One.”

“Fireball of Sulk was recorded during the non-ending winter of 2013/14 in Northern Ohio,” says vocalist/bassist Zach Gabbard. “We missed the first day due to an ice storm. Andy and I had written and recorded demos for the boys and listened to them on the way to the studio. It was the first exposure for Joey and Sven. We locked ourselves in the studio for three days to rehearse and record and filmed the entire experience.” Gabbard adds “‘Weird one’ comes from those lost, pre-drug days when all you wanted to do was get away from your parents, dye your hair and drive around with your friends.”

Fireball of Sulk was made at Crushtone Studios with platinum producer Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus), where the band worked on their previous record Heavy Reverie.

 

Buffalo Killers – Weird One

 

See the band at one of these upcoming shows:

11/22 @ The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN

11/26 @ Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH

11/28 @ Canal Street Tavern – Dayton, OH

12/12 @ Skully’s – Columbus, OH

12/13 @ Musica – Akron, OH

After releasing their   fifth full-length album Heavy Reverie and touring nationally, the   hook-heavy rock band Buffalo Killers   made a pit stop in LA to appear on Last   Call with Carson Daly. After the interview, they headed out to the   second annual Freaks For The Festival   where they were direct support for the legendary Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

 

Last Call with   Carson Daly – Feature: Buffalo Killers

 

 

Sun Pedal Recordings still has some of the limited edition Heavy Reverie   bundles available via their online store. Packages include vinyl test   pressings, hand drawn artwork, a T-shirt, and more. Purchase a bundle and get   an immediate download of the new album here.