Every once in a while you hear a band that completely blows you away, and like a rabid dog you obsessively seek out and devour their entire back catalogue without thinking about anything else. And it’s an awesome feeling. I can admit I had no clue who We Hunt Buffalo were before their latest album ‘Living Ghosts’ landed in my inbox (+ a side-note to all aspiring bands out there - YOUR BAND NAME MATTERS! I had to hear what We Hunt Buffalo sounded like...) ...but I now own all their material! Having built a solid reputation in their native Vancouver Canada, the three-piece have previously released a self-titled LP and two EP’s including ‘Blood From A Stone' (Review here), as well as supported the likes of Red Fang, Sleepy Sun, Band of Skulls, Chevelle, Danko Jones, Living Colour, and also direct support to Monster Truck on their Canadian tour.
‘Living Ghosts’ is one hell of a chunky slab of heavy stoner rock. From beginning to end its packed full of fuzzed-up stomping riffs, pounding bass-lines and stadium-filing drums on tracks like “Back To The River’ and ‘Prairie Oyster' through to to the more spaced-out anthemic grooves of ‘Hold On’ or ‘Fear’. The album also has a real sense of the band fully flexing their songwriting skills, put together as an album rather than just a collection of songs. There’s an ebb and flow to the record, making it an experience to listen all the way through. No mean feat in the age of the mp3…
Forged in what feels like the vast expansiveness of the open roads of British Columbia, ‘Living Ghosts’ is an infectious and captivating record. It begs to be played at ear-splitting volume, to fully appreciate both the power of the production and song-craft. Having penned deals with Truckfighter’s label Fuzzorama Records (Worldwide) & New Damage Records (Canada), it seems these guys will be clocking up some miles travelling the globe in the months and years to come. I for one am gonna make sure I’m a part of it. If you like your stoner rock stadium-sized, check them out below.
We Hunt Buffalo are:
Ryan Forsythe – Vocals/Guitar
Brendan Simpson – Bass/Vocals
Brandon Carter – Drums/Vocals