Buffalo Killers, Live Session #3

by Kevin on May 24, 2007

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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.

Buffalo Killers – River Water

Buffalo Killers – Home Grown

Buffalo Killers – Heavens You Are

Buffalo Killers – SS Nowhere

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody May 24, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Very nice work by Steve. He really captures their sound. The boys do a real nice job on Home Grown.

Drinking Buddy May 25, 2007 at 9:46 am

I had the pleasure of attending this session, and these guys are real cool. Joey absolutely shreds the drums and the whole band is fun to watch (and hear). Looking forward to hearing what they record in Akron with Dan Auerbach. Zach said they’ve got a bunch of new tracks they’re ready to record and putting the finishing touches on the remaining songs for the album.

Shirk May 25, 2007 at 8:58 pm

Woody, thanks for the kind words. That was a fun session. Working on the Illinois stuff…should be ready soon. We gotta get you down to a session soon. Last time I saw you we were both in shambles, leaving sxsw. We have The Morning Pages confirmed for later in June…hope you can make it. Have a great weekend.

Oz May 25, 2007 at 9:19 pm

River Water makes me feel like I’m back in time, driving around in Dazed and Confused with a paddle in my hand. Lovin it.

Brian October 1, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Is there an estimated release date for the new album? I’ve listened to the debut album almost nonstop since I first bought it.

shmoopatties November 20, 2009 at 7:55 am

Thanks a million. Great band!

farmboy February 26, 2011 at 10:51 am

I dig their music, but I can’t get these session songs to play. Anybody else having problems? :(

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