The most modern thing about the Buffalo Killers is their early 90s white conversion van, grayed out “racing” stripes and bottle opener on the back door included. They have packing it down to a science. Every guitar case, padded amp, and drum case, even both (yes both) kick drum cases, has its own specific place within the back. Even the order of packing is down to a science and one might even consider it entertainment to see them make it work.
The Buffalo Killers would be returning to Cincinnati the next day, but only after a session at Shirk Studios and a show later that night at The Beat Kitchen. Typical Chicago rush-hour traffic delayed the band’s arrival nearly an hour, yet there was a calmness despite the time constraints. Naturally this attitude fit their style, both musically and fashionably as two of the band members sport months long beards and all three have hair that would have rivaled The Beatles in their hay-day of the White Album. All of them wore authentic bell-bottoms and tee-shirts: perfect tour attire. After a few minutes, several glasses of water, a few trips up and down the stairs, the sound check began.
A smoke break got the recording started. After a quick run through of “River Water,” a blues heavy song, the guys came back into the studio to hear it for themselves. Despite their laid back attitude, the importance of their music obviously showed. They wanted to sound just as good as they know they are. During the soundcheck, drummer Joey even took the time to tune each one of his toms to ensure the sound quality. Approving of Shirk’s initial mix, they guys headed back around the glass and did a rockin’ 4 song set including an absolutely amazing cover of Neil Young’s “Home Grown,” a fan favorite that has never been recorded before today. Unless you see these guys live, you can only their version of a classic at HearYa.com.
Chicago was the last stop on this tour, but they’ll be recording a new album starting in July with Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. Until then enjoy the session.