Buffalo Killers – ‘Dig. Sow. Love. Grow’ (Alive Naturalsound Records)
‘Dig. Sow. Love. Grow’ is the fourth album from Cincinnati 3-piece, Buffalo Killers. Here, the trio continue to seamlessly string together and perfect 60’s and 70’s classic rock, 70’s psychadelia, blues and garage rock. Think ‘Cream’, ‘The Alman Brothers’ and at times, even ‘Black Sabbath’.
Thanks to modern contemporaries such as ‘The Black Keys’ (who Buffalo Killers share some similarity to) and ‘Jack White’, ‘Dig. Sow. Love. Grow’ sounds remarkably fresh. However, where the aforementioned acts have taken their 70’s influence and bought it into modern day, Buffalo Killers appear to have carefully hand-selected their melodies, riffs and arrangements to perfectly sit in the 1970’s.
Opening track ‘Get It’ kicks like a mule and has ‘Black Sabbath’ written all over it. With muddy guitars, tinkering piano hits, bass-heavy stoner-rock grooves and a vintage dual-vocal technique, ‘Get It’ oozes with attitude.
After such a riff-heavy opener, ‘Hey Girl’ changes mood immediately. This track, along with ‘Blood On Your Hands’, which follows, sound like they’ve been lifted off the ’Almost Famous’ soundtrack.
”Rollin Wheel’ changes things up again, this time Buffalo Killers flex their blues and Americana muscle and meld it with hippie-like vibes (just take a look at the album cover for further evidence). And on that note, yes ‘Dig. Sow. Love. Grow’ might just be the perfect soundtrack to smoke to.
While each of the 10 songs give nod to an array of influences from the 60’s and 70’s, but unlike so many other bands today, Buffalo Killers are no “throwback” act; they’ve taken elements of their influences and completely made it their own. Alternating between vocalists Andrew Gabbard (guitarist/singer) and Zachary Gabbard (bass player/singer) for each song – one more gruff than the other but both as strong – adds yet more variation to Buffalo Killers’ already impressive sonic palate.
‘Dig. Sow. Love. Grow’ is a master class display of the band’s solid ability to write decent tunes that never conform to formulaic writing or clichés.
‘Dig. Sow. Love. Grow’ is available today, August 7, and also available to stream in its entirety via RELIX magazine now.