Rochester heavy psych-blues trio King Buffalo will issue their debut long-player, Orion, on Aug. 5, 2016. It’s an album rife with organic, flowing grooves, nighttime expanses and memorable progressions… which is something I expect at least some of you reading this already know, since the three-piece — who made their debut with 2013’s Demo (review here) and also released a split with the now-defunct Lé Betre (review here) on STB last year — snuck out a pre-release download-only edition of Orion a couple months ago in order to help finance the pressing of the LP and CD versions, which come with different artwork courtesy of bassist Dan Reynolds and are available now to preorder ahead of the aforementioned release date.
I’ll tell you at the outset that I’ve been waiting for King Buffalo‘s debut, at times impatiently. As in, emailing the band to ask if it’s done yet. I knew before I heard it that I wanted them at the first-ever The Obelisk All-Dayer on Aug. 20 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn (info here) and was only gladder to have asked them when I actually heard Orion itself. There’s a laid-back sensibility to even its heaviest moments, and some (myself included when I actually get to reviewing it) will compare parts of it to their Nashville-based aesthetic compatriots in All Them Witches, but ultimately King Buffalo are on a denser-toned trip with Orion‘s tracks, guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay (who also engineered and mixed) establishes his own personality and approach, and they come out of their first album having completely justified the anticipation that came before it.
If you haven’t, you can hear a sort-of-premiere for Orion‘s titular cut below, followed by some comment from drummer/backing vocalist Scott Donaldson about the song, the rather extensive list of tour dates the band has booked for the summer, and of course, the preorder link.
Hope you enjoy:
Scott Donaldson on “Orion”:
“Orion (title-track) came together rather easily. Sean started with the opening slow melodic riff, and it organically fell into place. The tempo change and tom build up naturally happened, and we all locked into the crescendo through the end. This was the very first song we recorded for the album. It was so exciting to listen back and hear those sounds for the first time. We knew immediately we wanted it to be the opening track.”
Available for the first time. King Buffalo’s long-awaited debut full length “Orion” on wax! Preorder your copy of what many are calling a “Contender for album of the year!”
The classic Black 12″ Vinyl comes in a Single pocket jacket, with a Polybag and download code. The 1st pressings are limited to 500 and hand numbered.
Albums will be shipped as soon as we receive them, which should be early August of 2016. Download Code will be sent immediately after purchase via email.
Written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in 2015.
Produced and Engineered by Sean McVay.
Mastered for vinyl by Bernard Matthews at BMAP INC.
Mastered for digital by Matt Ramerman.
Artwork by Dan Reynolds.
King Buffalo live:
5/26 Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club
6/4 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar (Tour Send Off) w/ Slow Season, Geezer and Bygone Few
JUN 15 WED Carabar Columbus, OH w/ Eye
JUN 16 THU FooBar Nashville, TN w/ Holy Mountain Top Removers
JUN 17 FRI Murphys Memphis, TN
JUN 18 SAT Freak Tulsa 2016 Tulsa, OK
JUN 19 SUN The Mix San Antonio, TX w/ Slow Season
JUN 20 MON The Grand Austin, TX
JUN 21 TUE The Blind Mule Mobile, AL w/ Black Titan
JUN 22 WED TBD Athens, GA
JUN 23 THU Urban Artifact Cincinnati, OH
JUN 24 FRI Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA w/ Year Of The Cobra
JUN 25 SAT Guidos Speakeasy Frederick, MD w/ IRATA Akris Floodlore
JUL 15 FRI The Dev Utica, NY
JUL 16 SAT The Barn Volney, NY
JUL 22 FRI The Grog Shop Cleveland, OH w/ All Them Witches
JUL 23 SAT Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY w/ All Them Witches
JUL 26 TUE Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA w/ All Them Witches
AUG 4 THU Monkey Bar Burlington, VT
AUG 5 FRI The Low Beat Albany, NY
AUG 6 SAT Otro Cinco Syracuse, NY
AUG 10 WED The Happy Dog Cleveland, OH
AUG 11 THU FooBar Nashville, TN
AUG 12 FRI Caledonia Lounge Athens, GA
AUG 13 SAT The Garage Winston-Salem, NC
AUG 16 TUE Slims Raleigh, NC
AUG 17 WED Strange Matter Richmond, VA
AUG 20 SAT The Obelisk All-Dayer Brooklyn, NY w/ Mars Red Sky, Funeral Horse