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Gig Review: Buffalo Country @ Corner Hotel, 26th February

Photo unashamedly stolen from the band’s Myspace.

This review is going to be short and sweet, because it was a bit of a different gig for me.

I went to the Corner Hotel last night with a mate to see a new young band called Buffalo Country, members of which are friends of friends etc. The fact that they are named after a Cloud Control song was in itself reason enough to like them of course, but I had also listened to some of their stuff on Triple J Unearthed (links at the end) and it sounded pretty impressive.

They were the opening support act for The Wishing Well, who I had never heard of before to be honest. This meant that they were playing at a very early 8.45pm, only just after doors. Naturally I was expecting a pretty small audience, given that The Wishing Well aren’t exactly what you’d call a huge band and that this was Buffalo Country’s first ever true gig.

To my surprise, the Corner Hotel was packed when the band were due to play. It was the strangest crowd for a gig I have ever witnessed- a mixture of friends of the band, all no doubt with questionable IDs, parents, and those just at the gig for The Wishing Well who were wondering why so many young kids were hanging around.

It was the busiest I have ever seen the Corner Hotel for the opening support act.

The Corner Hotel was set up the same as it had been for the Aussie BBQ Showcase, with two stages. One was for the support acts and the other for the main act. I’m not sure how well this system works to be honest, because it means that if you want a front position for the main act you have to sacrifice having a good view of the opening acts, and vice-versa. Because I was at this gig solely to see the opening act however it was an easy choice which stage to head to, and it seemed as if every single other person in the venue thought likewise. It was great to see so much support for such a young band.

I was expecting a bit of a shaky performance, and no-one could blame the band if this was what ensued, for it was their first gig and they were certainly under a lot of pressure. I was pleasantly surprised, however.

For such a young and new band, they were an exceptionally good live act. They are all clearly very talented at playing their instruments, but what they had that many similar bands are missing is true cohesion between their members- they seemed like a surprisingly well-rehearsed act. Add to this the ability to write really catchy songs, and you definitely have a winning combination.

Naturally I only really know the names of songs that are up on their Unearthed page, and whenever one of them began there was an appreciative roar from the crowd, who were clearly very much into Buffalo Country’s music. All three of their Unearthed songs were played (I think): 2012 built up magnificently and is a fairly surreal song (although I did enjoy someone standing near me asking his mate “Are they still warming up or is this a song?”), Turtle Heart is a pretty cool tune, and Let It Stand was definitely one of the highlights of the show, with the entire sizeable crowd screaming the lyrics along with the band, making for one of the more memorable opening act moments I have seen this year.

However my favourite song of the gig was one not on their Unearthed page- I have no idea what it was called but it was fairly long and featured some frantic drumming from two of the band members in a way reminiscent of White Rabbits and Jonathan Boulet, both of which feature two percussionists for live shows. It was a very catchy song that I would be happy to hear at any gig.

It was amazing just how excited the crowd were, how many people there were, and how well they knew the band’s music. What was more amazing however was just how good Buffalo Country were. Obviously I’m not exactly unbiased, but I would have been delighted to see them opening at any gig I went to, regardless of whether or not I knew band members.

They play catchy pop music in a similar vein to the band that they are named after, Cloud Control, as well as other up-and-coming artists such as Jonathan Boulet, Red Riders, and The Boat People. There’s no reason why you won’t be hearing a lot more about these guys in the future. What was perhaps the most impressive was that they swapped lead vocal duties between and even during songs- they are clearly some very talented musicians.

So make sure to check out their Unearthed page, their Myspace, and their Facebook.

We stayed for some of the next openers, The Indigo Children, but weren’t overly impressed, and decided to call it a night towards the end of their set. Even though we only saw one opening act it was money well spent, and certainly a successful first gig for Buffalo Country.

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2 Responses to “Gig Review: Buffalo Country @ Corner Hotel, 26th February”

  1. i would love to say thank you for the kind words.
    -Dave

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