Wednesday, September 30, 2015
We Hunt Buffalo "Living Ghosts"
Here's some Canadian Stoner Rock for you. We Hunt Buffalo hail from Vancouver and put the hunting weapons down and picked up a joint or two along with some musical instruments.
Despite the influence of the likes of Kyuss, at times it is easy to imagine We Hunt Buffalo being played on your local rock radio station. The melodies are there, the fuzzed-out guitars come through strongly and the vocals are easy to listen to and likely to have a mass appeal, and the songwriting is strong especially in tracks like "The River".
The band describe their music on their facebook page as "Dirty, Grimy, Fuzz-Rock" A track like "Hold On" works against them as despite the fuzz, the band sound like they showered many times during the day. It's all a little too clean. "Prairie Oyster" does contain some dirtier parts with hoarse shouted-type vocals that border on hardcore or metal. The band do seem aware that they're not really treading any new ground as Guitarist/Vocalist Ryan Forsythe sings "I've been here before. I know I've seen this place over and over again". I know I've seen this face over and over again" "Comatose". "Fear" is an interesting offer with the Alice In Chains vocals but sadly the song is too short. "Looking Glass" contains a slow building progressive rock edge, mixed with bursts of psychedelic guitar and the song is easily the strongest on the album
"Living Ghosts" sounds polished and it's not hard to imagine this band gaining a huge audience in the very near future. Sometimes the radio-friendliness makes it difficult not to think of a hugely successful Canadian band that many people love to hate simply because others have told them too. Although "Looking Glass" is a great song, there's not enough here to capture this jaded reviewer for a lengthy amount of time.
Don't take our word for it. Check out the band's album on their label's bandcamp page. Write a comment and let us know what you think.