|Buffalo Summer - 'Self Titled' (Retrobution Records)|
|Written by Jamie Richards|
|Monday, 30 April 2012 04:05|
From the south western part of Uber's very own birth place come Buffalo Summer, shaking their money makers at us with a sun drenched, retro heavy rock sound that's more cool shades and flared jeans, than the more local stereo-type of fake tans and boob tubes.
Yes, while trends may come and go in this part of the world more freely than Hugh Hefner in a Playmate's bathroom, the spirit of rock music runs through the heart of our fair land, as deep and as black as the coal seam itself.
The debut album from this four piece is a bit of a grower as it turns out, as after an initial hearing that left me untouched, subsequent plays saw it infiltrate and eventually please me. It's music that rock radio should be all over really, un-complicated rock music with a beat thicker than your nan's gravy and a chorus catchier than chicken pox; think Little Angels meets The Answer, with a dash of '80s bombast, and you'd be near the sound.
Opener 'She's All Natural' is a confident start, and 'Down to the River' is heavily tinged with Skynyrd, but more 'sweet home Aberavon' than Alabama. 'Horse Called Freedom' is a right old kick about, as is the old school 'Rolls On Through', with riffs all twisting, turning and struggling furiously with the melody like Led Zeppelin flushing Bon Jovi's head down the toilet.
It's not a record that will change anyone's life, but it's well played and produced; overall a decent debut that cleverly clocks in at just 36 minutes, thus never allowing itself to become too bloated and out staying its welcome.