Single review by KevW
If you like your guitar tunes to come with a slightly classic feel, have plenty of wall-to-wall sound and a sunny disposition - much like The Sound Of Confusion favourites Elephant Stone in fact - then welcome to your new favourite band. With a name like Buffalo Sunn and a very American-looking desert mountains shot on the cover, it might be a surprise to learn that these guys are Irish; and in fact they're essentially a family band consisting of the brothers Paxton (with drummer Donagh O'Brien as an honorary family member). The sextet have an album in the bag, 'By The Ocean, By The Sea', which will hopefully be landing later this year, and also an EP called 'Witches' which is out now.
It's the glorious 'By Your Side' that's on heavy rotation here though, and rightly so; they've taken indie-psych and perfected it, seemingly without batting an eyelid. This track is assured, very strong and sounds as though it's always existed; as if it was a naturally-formed phenomenon. Nothing feels forced or contrived and at no point is it lacklustre. With melodies that are built to stand the test of time and production and arrangement that gives a casual jangly sheen, you know you're going to love it from the very first bars. Drums crash and guitars wind through the chorus but are never allowed to overpower the harmonies. It's a neat trick. It could be argued that 'By Your Side' is a retro song, but it sounds fresh and the overall feel is timeless, not dated. I have a feeling this will become essential listening for a fair few people out there.
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Catch them live:
FRI AUG 01 - 03 CASTLEPALOOZA 2014
CHARLEVILLE CASTLE, TULLAMORE, IRELAND
SUN AUG 03 THE SECRET GARDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014
MON AUG 04 ROCK'N'ROLL HALF MARATHON 2014
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