Where do I begin with this band? They’re a psychedelic pop/rock five piece from Belfast and it’s safe to say they are incomparable on the scene today. Heavily influenced by artists such as The Kinks, The Beatles and early Bee Gee’s, Buffalos Bay bring those eminent sounds of the 60’s into 2017 with their debut EP Living Under the Reef.
First up is lead single ‘In the Factory’, a song that wouldn’t be out of place on The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour alongside I Am The Walrus – a bold claim but one I am confident I can make, these guys are pretty damn good.
There’s an element of fun with ‘Early Morning Fry’, a melodic track that highlights the vocal talents of Stuart Miskelly and Andy Bell (not the one from Erasure!) Lyrically it’s weaker than the other five tracks but the distinct vocal and harmonies are striking – a prominent feature throughout the EP.
For a band that haven’t been around that long, they are undeniably talented, just listen to the guitar work on ‘Make a Wish’ and ‘Weeping Onion’, mesmerising.
Leaving the best to last, the Buffalos showcase their musical ability on the romantic ‘Portraits of Polly’, a five and half minute tale of love at war. It’s a polished effort with more gorgeous harmonies, more melodic guitars and another enchanting solo, a perfect way to close the EP.
Living Under the Reef is a modern take on 60’s pop/rock, a fusion of styles both past and present. The Buffalos have made their mark and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for this band.
“Viva La Buffalo!”