When I reviewed Buffalo Summer's self titled debut album back in October (here) I did mention that their subsequent tour with Kadavar would certainly not be something I was missing.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks later, and I get a nice invite to see the band live in Glasgow. The question is, though, are the songs on the album as good live as they are in the studio?
Well the simple answer is that yes – the songs are great live and the band themselves are already consummate musicians who just can't fail to put a smile on your face. The Cathouse in Glasgow was fairly quiet as the band wandered on stage unannounced, but as the first notes of 'She's All Natural' rang out, the crowd filtered through from the bar to see the onstage action.
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Vocalist Andrew Hunt is just so full of exuberance, and from the get go he tries to get the audience involved, something they're more than willing to do. Unfortunately, the sound man seems determined to screw up his vocal sounds but Hunt continues like a true professional. The sound man also seems to be sleeping when it comes to guitarist Jonny Williams' guitar sound – an issue which isn't fully resolved until the solo - and what a great solo it turns out to be.
With only a short set tonight, the band aren't messing around and pile straight into 'A Horse Called Freedom' which is a solidly heavy number that gets the crowd moving. Hunt's voice here is especially good, while bass player Darren King is busy pulling shapes at one end of the stage whilst Williams is just a mass of hair during the guitar solo and doesn't miss a single note.
'Rolls On Through' is another solid number which is a bit slower, and has drummer Gareth Hunt really punishing his drum kit as he holds down the steady beat, using every drum and cymbal available to him in an extraordinary display of dexterity. Although the track isn't not familiar to the audience, they still seemed to enjoy the song judging by the very generous round of applause at the end.
With time against them, the band showcase 'Down To The River', which comes across like an old familiar friend. Surely this has to be one of the most endearing songs and certainly a staple of future set lists for some time to come. Faultlessly performed, vocalist Andrew Hunt obviously enjoys performing the track and as a result of his infectious enthusiasm, the crowd start singing and clapping along to the memorable chorus too.
It's very clear from the reaction the band receive that Buffalo Summer are building a solid following in Glasgow so let's hope they don't leave it too long before they return - and let's hope they headline so that we can all experience the full Buffalo Summer experience.
She's All Natural
A Horse Called Freedom
Truth From Fable
Rolls On Through
Down To The River
Buffalo Summer are:
Andrew Hunt - Vocals
Jonny Williams - Guitar
Darren King - Bass
Gareth Hunt - Drums
Official Website: http://buffalosummer.net
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