So, only Fools and Horses, Orange Goblin, Space Raiders (of the crisp variety) and Game of Thrones … these are just some of the things that are currently powering Welsh southern-rockers Buffalo Summer around the British Isles. The European leg of the tour may have been indefinitely postponed by headliners The Treatment, but our wonders of Wales are quite happy as long as they’ve got a TV and some potato-based snacks. Bassist Darren King tore himself away from the google-box long enough to have a quick chat …
– You’ve had some epic shows this year with the likes of Skid Row, Buckcherry and Phil Campbell. Do any of those shows particularly stand out for you and why?
We enjoy all the shows! Madrid with Buckcherry & Skid Row was a definite highlight on that tour though. It’s the second time we’d played there and it was amazing to see Buffalo t-shirts in the crowd!
– How did it feel to be sharing a bill with the mighty Black Sabbath in Hyde Park?
There are no words to describe it! We had a blast throughout the day and got to hang out with Motörhead and Soundgarden for a bit … unreal! A big tick for the bucket list there.
– The new tour with The Treatment and Massive kicks off tomorrow, are you excited for it?
Hell yeah! We’ve been good buds with The Treatment boys for a few years, but we’ve never toured together. When the opportunity arose we jumped at the chance.
– Any places you’re particularly looking forward to visiting?
We always look forward to places we’ve never played, which on this tour is only Northampton and Rotterdam! That being said we always look forward to Glasgow, Liverpool and Sheffield as we’ve always had an awesome reception there. The same could be said for most places though!
– What are you listening to on the road? Any new music we should check out?
The new Orange Goblin album is decimating my ears as I type! Surely got to be one the albums of the year and it only came out yesterday! The new Mastodon record has been getting pretty heavy spinnage in the van over the summer too and the States And Empires album – It’s Neil from The Phil Campbell All Starr Band’s new project!
– How do you chill out during your downtime? Is the travelling harmonious and do you all get on?
It’s about as un-rock and roll as you’d think! We usually mooch about watching films and TV shoes. We’re all really into Game of Thrones and stuff. Can’t go wrong with a bit of Only Fools & Horses on a rainy afternoon in Hamburg though!
Because we’ve all known each other since childhood more-or-less, we all have the measure of each other and it makes being cooped up together that much easier. There’s minimal feuding going on … unless someone’s gone and polished off the last packet of Space Raiders!
– Who or what do you draw influence from when you’re writing new material?
Lyrically a lot of Andrew’s influence comes directly from our current circumstances. The perils and pit-falls of life on the road, with the overwhelming love of doing it. He’s also really ecologically conscious so there’s some stuff come from that angle too. Musically, we just write really organically.
In the first instance we don’t put much though into it – it just happens. Once we have a rough song floating about, then we’ll get the microscopes out and really scrutinise the parts. Everything gets refined from there.
– Is a new album in the pipeline? If so, when might we expect it and what can we expect from it?
The new album is done! We’re in the process of getting it mix and mastered and hopefully it’ll be out at the beginning of next year!
– If you had to pick two songs to introduce a new fan to Buffalo Summer, which would you pick and why?
I would say the songs ‘Down To The River’ and ‘A Horse Called Freedom’. With ‘River’, it’s already one of our signature songs and displays our unashamed love of all things Southern. With ‘Horse’, it’s one of the first songs we wrote and it has a bit more hoof to it, with a big sing-a-long chorus. Those two are fan favourites for sure.
– You are playing HRH in Wales in November which you must be looking forward to. Any festivals in the pipeline for next year?
It’s early days yet, so we can’t say much … the new record will be out though so we should have some extra momentum!
– What’s your take on the current state of the music industry and do you feel that rock music as we know it is a dying genre?
It’s a difficult place to do business, that’s for sure. Then again – everyone and their Nana knows this. So when I see bands complaining about it I think “Did no one tell you? Did you not get the memo?” You have to have a fundamental and deep rooted love of living this life otherwise it’ll break you. Of course, over time it becomes hard enough to break the best of them. There’s two sides to everything. Personally, I think rock is in a more diverse and vibrant place than it has been for a really long time. It’s as alive as it ever was!
– Biggest Buffalo Summer highlight so far?
Playing Download last year was indescribable. Our agent was there and he said “If there’s 200/300 people out there, I’ll be happy”. We walked out to a sea of Buffalo Summer tees and like, 2000 people. Shame I was so hung-over I can’t remember much else! I blame Iron Maiden.
– What’s next for the band?
We’re on the road for a month now then we head back to Wales to get the album sorted and ready to roll. Also, we need to buy a new van! Dear Santa …
You can catch Buffalo Summer on the rest of their UK tour with The Treatment and Massive, dates below: –
16th – London, Underworld
17th – Colchester, Arts Centre
19th – Norwich, Studio
20th – Southampton, Joiners
21st – Exeter, Cavern
23rd – Brighton, Audio