Bite the Buffalo
After being recommended this band by a friend, I pushed for them to play at Leopallooza. I don’t get a lot of input on acts so I was glad this one got the team consensus on first listen. And they didn’t disappoint… lo-fi blues rock with a solid crowd in full support. Definitely a stand out for me at the 2014 festival.
Bite The Buffalo – Scot-born, Zambia-bred, UK-based duo, the Goneos brothers – recently signed on to Never Fade Records, the label run by platinum-selling artist Gabrielle Aplin. Their first release following this is below – the excellent single Polka Dots, which sees the decidedly hairy lower-halves of their faces replacing the speakers of a ghetto blaster.
2015 is going to be a busy year for them. New label means new album and new tours… I caught up with the brothers for a little pre-Christmas Q&A before things get hectic…
Cai: So, 2014… what was your best gig and why?
BtB: The Hope, Brighton, although we have had a few amazing London shows. Playing with the Ben Miller Band was a great show at Borderline. I think Brighton has it though as it’s always great to come to a city months after playing a festival there and seeing a hell of a lot of familiar faces… followed by an after party at a house near by, the night climaxed in some good old fashioned debauchery.
Cai: Tell me about your standout moment from the road this year…
BtB: A lot of this year has been about getting ready for 2015, making sure the single went out, writing a lot for the new album. We had amazing fun working on the Polka Dots video with Rhory Danniells. Never Fade gave us free reign to do something different and I think we certainly did that! It has been a bit less on the road because of all the prep for next year but one moment I guess might be back in Brighton, that night of good old fashioned debauchery… never purchase six litres of Scrumpy Jack, especially if it’s called Crumpy Crompton.
Cai: Best Breakthrough act from BBC Introducing; placed in the top 10 new acts at SXSW 2013… what does 2015 hold for Bite the Buffalo?
BtB: We are learning all the time about this crazy business. As a band you want to be out with fans playing as much as possible and thankfully it looks like 2015 will be super busy because of all the groundwork done in 2014. First job is to record the album and release it, we are heading into the studio with the amazing Ian Davenport in January which is really exciting. Then we get to go back on the road for some mass gigging! New festivals, re-visit some of the best ones we have already played, so many gig’s in between and then sleep a little!
Cai: I’m still mystified as to how you got your actual heads in the stereo system for the latest video, Polka Dots. Camera trickery or a little-known Goneos family ability?
BtB: It is a secret that only the Goneos family and a Zambian witch doctor will ever know! Oh and also Rhory the director and the amazing special effects team he used!