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SCRATCH BUFFALO – Self-Titled Album Review

SCRATCH BUFFALO – Self-Titled

Scratch BuffaloAlberta, Canada trio, Scratch Buffalo will release their debut album on May 18th.  The band describe their sound as a combination of 70’s punk, surf, and the camp-spookiness of Sam the Sham and Screaming Jay Hawkins.

The eleven songs were recorded almost entirely live in February 2018 over two days. Opening the record is Piranha,” a 100-second burst of surf punk with hints of the B-52s – great fun and the follow-up, Alligator has some Glitter Band, some Strokes and some Cramps all rolled together to create a mid-paced stomper!

Kill The Sky is a song that Iggy & The Stooges would be proud of with its garage rock, riff driven rocker style whereas Girls In The Back Row reminds me of early Rolling Stones with a raw DIY bluesy approach…had the office head banging in unison!

The dirty rock riff that drives Nightmare Coming is catchy and contagious with a swamp-punk sound. The first single from the album, Poltergrease steps up the pace with a Cramps like guitar lick, 1960s rock and roll underpinning with some super bass and drum underpinning.

Ghost Inside My Head takes the listener in a slightly different and more punk direction with some speed and soaring chorus. On Salamander Shake, Scratch Buffalo go full full-on garage rock with a 1950s rockabilly beat and Is Your Son A Hustler? follows up with stop/start danceable vibe that again reminded me of the psychobilly bands of the early 1980s like The Meteors.

The penultimate song, Hyena Snow, is over four minutes in length and is more epic in scope with layered guitars, precise, slower beat and a restrained, almost shoegaze approach. The album ends with Let ‘Em Fall replete with reverb tinged melodic vocals and a softly strummed acoustic guitar creating a very effective ballad that I thought was superb songwriting. Great conclusion to a great debut!

 

You can have a listen to this self-titled album by Scratch Buffalo for yourselves right here: https://scratchbuffalo.bandcamp.com/album/scratch-buffalo

 

 

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