This is it. They have filled the void in music that no one ever dared to do before. Travelling boldly into new territory with sonic echoes and a twang. The Buffalo Swans are playing what can be best described as psychedelic country. I know it’s hard to imagine such a sound. But try. What if Willie Nelson and his group of pickers dropped acid and joined music forces with The Doors. In particular, the fine keyboard ticklings of Ray Manzarek.
The sound is warm, friendly and inviting. It’s got a smooth twang that’ll make you want to grab your darling and spin her around the dance floor. The melodies are lovely and are accompanied by intelligent phrasings by both the guitarist and the keyboards. All together they travel through psychedelic passages that keep the music intriguing. It’s an engaging blend.
The band hails from Vancouver and has contributed a fantastic self-titled album to tour behind. Scott Bell and James Lamb are on guitars and vocals, Jobi Mihajlovich plays the keys, Stephan Mihajlovich on drums, and James Green covers the bass. They cite Neil Young, The Band and The Beatles as influences. Personally, I think that they have been listening to the offerings from sub-pop artists “Fleet Foxes” and “Chad Vangaalen.” All in all I think that the music is fantastic and new. Any chance to see the group perform live should be considered a blessing. Be blessed by Buffalo Swans at the Central here in Fernie on Wednesday, November 2.
By Colin Lock
Free Press Staff