Sun Pedal Recordings
Ohio-based brother-led band, Buffalo Killers, have so much of The Black Crowes about them – sure. But they’ve never slumped into total soundalike territory. It’s been hard for them to do that as they’ve just pumped out the goods over the last few years, an album a year, sometimes an EP or bonus-disc update too. And all of a high standard. This one makes up for the last couple though, which had slight speed wobbles and flunked on in over to obvious territory after a kick-ass opening triumvirate.
Heavy Reverie reminds of the James Gang-era Joe Walsh (Joe Walsh) and hints at what a gruntier Matthew Sweet might’ve sounded like (Poisonberry Tide). Those infectious melodies are there – all Byrds-ian, sometimes a hint of Grateful Dead woodshedding too. And though it’s a bit heavier this time (Dig On In), we actually get the biggest range of material from the group in the shortest running time. In just over half an hour we get the sort of songs Wilco has sadly given up writing (The Girl Has Grown) and plenty of good chuggin’ too (Cousin Todd).
And as guitars purr – then strike out to scratch (Who You Are?) – it’s clear that this is the tightest work from the band too. It’s all impeccable, immaculate, perfectly battened down and yet just loose enough in places to give you a thrill.
There’s something of Camper Van Beethoven’s recent work to the way these jam-rock songs have been remade as power-pop, to the way the song rides on the melody, all the blistering mini-shreds and Black Keys/Black Crowes swagger is there in support, but never to distract. This is one tight ship – sailing on, sailing strong.