Monthly Archives: November 2011


LA EXAMINER (L.A. A&E site) – Positive show preview with artist photo and “Roadtrip Stranger Blues” mp3.
Indie Music Mondays: FREE DOWNLOAD from Peter Case
By Michele McManmon / LA Indie Music Examiner
Never one to rest on his laurels, the enigmatic Peter Case is wrapping up his fall tour with two nights of electric and acoustic recording at McCabe’s in Santa Monica this weekend, Dec 2 & 3rd.  The sets will be pressed into a long-awaited, live, solo album.
FREE DOWNLOAD:  Roundtrip Stranger Blues from The Case Files
“This is the one the fans have been asking for and we’re finally going to do it” says Case who plans to feature the songs he’s been performing on the road this year from his Grammy-nominated solo set, Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, alongside those from the electro-shock blues album Wig! (2010) and most recent 2011 rarities collection, The Case Files.
The recently released collection proves that Case has something to say about this country and the state it’s in. He is a man wrapped in ideals which he expresses in a pleasing and sometimes catchy pop rock melody that is timelessly eloquent.
Peter Case won’t be slowing down in 2012 as he’ll kick off the year with his annual songwriter’s workshop at McCabe’s in January.  He’ll tour with Paul Collins, his bandmate from The Nerves and The Breakaways.  He’ll release archival tracks, Beach Town Confidential  a live album by The Plimsouls, recorded in 1983 in Long Beach. By spring, their will be a published sequel to As Far As You Can Get Without A Passport.  There is no rest for Case.

THE LAist (L.A. A&E site) – Positive show preview
Pencil This In: Art Openings, Peter Case at McCabe’s and Holidays Storyelling at Voman’s
Peter Case—former lead singer of The Plimsouls—is on tour to support his recently released rarities album The Case Files. He plays two shows (tonight and tomorrow) at 8 pm at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Last we checked, there were a few tickets left for tonight’s show only. He’s recording an forthcoming Live At McCabe’s album over these two nights. Tickets: $20.

TIME OUT NEW YORK (NYC weekly) – Brief positive show preview
Peter Case + Gasoline Silver
Peter Case led ’80s hitmakers the Plimsouls (“A Million Miles Away”), and his recent work proves his ability to create sweet, raggle-taggle melodies is as sharp as ever. Minnesota electro-psych trio Gasoline Silver opens the show.
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Tomorrow 9:30pm. 425 Lafayette St

WFUV RADIO (NYC Public Radio station) – Rita Houston will be mentioning the Joe’s Pub show on-air to help promote the show.

EAST VILLAGE RADIO “BEYOND BEYOND IS BEYOND” (NYC radio station) – Host Mike Newman will be mentioning the Joe’s Pub show on-air and would also spin a track from The Case Files on his Thu. 11.16 show.

NY  DAILY NEWS (NYC daily) – Show preview.
Peter Case W/ Special Guest Gasoline Silver
Tuesday, Nov 22 9:30p
at The Public Newman Theater: Joe’s Pub, New York, NY
“Peter Case is a minstrel. The job hasn’t changed in centuries. He sleeps in cheap motels and blows his guts out every night in basket houses and coffee joints, night clubs, and the odd the- ater. Same as me. He does it with soul and spirit in a world that has given up. He writes hard edged, soulful stories and sings the daily news. Let us now praise honest troubadours.” -Tom Russell “What impresses me most with Peter is his sense of humor. He can make you laugh with a word. It’s his timing-it’s not thought out…it’s heartfelt.” -Marvin Etzioni “Every line Peter Case writes feels as wild and lethal and point-blank as Russian roulette, but the hammer never falls on an empty chamber” -Jeffrey Foucault “Peter Case is a real songwriter. A troubadour.” -Bob Neuwirth
$20 in Advance; $25 at Door

FLAVORPILL NYC (NYC online A&E magazine) – Show preview with artist photo.

THE BRATTLEBORO REFORMER (Vermont daily) – Feature story to preview Bellows Falls show.
Veteran rocker Peter Case kicks off BF series
BELLOWS FALLS — Peter Case has just about done it all. From being an early power-punker: he wrote “Hanging on the Telephone,” one of Blondie’s biggest hits; to top-40 video tracks; to lovingly compiled tributes to the great acoustic bluesmen; to his path today teaching songwriting and touring solo.

Case will be stopping in Bellows Falls on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. concert to inaugurate a series of shows at the Bellows Falls Opera House Lower Theater, presented by Flying Under Radar. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Opera House.

Case left upstate New York in 1974 to travel west to California. Starting as a street singer in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he became an early punk-rock convert. His band The Nerves opened for the Ramones across the U.S. in 1977, next, the Plimsouls scored a hit in the ‘80s with “A Million Miles Away.” Case’s former bands continue to enjoy rediscovery by rock’s new generations, but it is his solo career that his proven to be most enduring, earning him accolades and die-hard fans.

As a rocker turned acoustic player, Case opened a door through which others have walked ever since 1986 when his self-titled T-Bone Burnett-produced solo album earned him year-end honors and his first Grammy nod. Set to a tribal-folk percussive blend of blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll, its essences pour through everything he’s recorded since. His songs are continually
revived by other artists (a three-disc set was recorded in tribute to him) and used effectively in contemporary film and television (most recently, on the hit HBO series “True Blood”). Over two decades he’s recorded 10 solo albums — from the highly acclaimed and influential “The Man With the Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar” to 2007’s Grammy-nominated “Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John.” His 2001 “Avalon Blues,” a tribute to the music of his country blues hero, Mississippi John Hurt featured contributions by Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Beck.

With “Wig!,” his 2011 album, Case has recommited himself — to life, after a serious heart operation in 2009 — and his personal brand of rock ‘n’ soul.

“Peter Case is a real hero of mine,” said Flying Under Radar’s Charlie Hunter. “He was on the Kings of California music train we did with Dave Alvin this spring, and his persona and his songs really impressed us. Peter doesn’t compromise. His vision of music, its potential to enliven and enrich, is really inspiring.”

The show is presented in association with Vermont Festivals, LLC and WOOL 100.1FM, with help from Popcorn Sutton Productions and MMorgana. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, with $30 front row “Angel” tickets available on line. Advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers and Fat Franks in Bellows Falls, in Chester at Misty Valley Books, in Brattleboro at Turn It Up!, and at For more information, call 802-463-3669 or visit

TBD (Wasington DC online A&E site) – Brief show preview blurb highlighted as “Critic’s Pick” with file photo.
Peter Case
Case performs from his newly released album, “The Case Files.”
November 14
2832 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA, 22201 |

CREATIVE LOAFING (Atlanta weekly)
Peter Case
When: Fri., Nov. 11, 8:30 p.m.
Price: $20
Tags: Pop/Rock, Country/Folk
The Case Files collects demos, out-takes, one live shot & other rarities from the 1985-2010 span of PETER CASE’s solo career following his work with his pioneering bands The Plimsouls, The Nerves & The Breakaways. Compiled by Peter himself, this long-overdue collection combines rockin’ full band electric tracks with a selection of dynamic acoustic performances, and also features collaborations with many of Peter’s talented friends.
•    Location Red Light Cafe
•    553 Amsterdam Ave. Midtown (map)
•    404-874-7828

ATLANTA EVENT SEEKER (Atlanta online A&E site) – Show preview
Peter Case
When: Friday Nov 11th
Where:at Red Light Cafe
Artists:Peter Case
Frontman and founder of the San Francisco new wave band the Nerves as well as the Los Angeles pop-rock band The Plimsouls, Peter Case eventually began his solo career in the mid ’80s. While his previous work with bands was more rock based, his solo work is more acoustic based Americana. With his varied ventures into music, Case has secured a diverse fanbase and a great deal of respect from musicians, with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Ry Cooder counting themselves as huge fans. Though Case underwent serious heart surgery in 2009, the costs offset by many famous musicians who banded together to raise funds for him, Case is back on the touring bracket.

WMLB / AM 1690 RADIO (Atlanta, GA Radio) – In studio performance with Matt Steadman on Nov. 11 (4 pm)

WXPK RADIO (WESTCHESTER, NY) & WDHA RADIO (NJ) – Rich Russo to spin Peter’s music and make on-air show mentions to promote Joe’s Pub show


Is there anything more enjoyable than growing up with a band? Anything better than when your own personal development is remarkably in sync with their artistic development year after year, and every record manages to hit the sweet spot no matter what? We kinda feel like that with Ohio band Buffalo Killers. We were super-obsessed with their old mod-punk band Thee Shams, back when we were more modish and punk. When Thee Shams imploded and its members emerged as the more mature yet equally rocking Buffalo Killers, whad’ya know! — we’d managed to become more mature too! Not too mature, thank God, to actually appreciate some badass, smoked-out, psych-tinged boogie of the Canned Heat and/or Manassas variety — that’s the adulthood-as-mental-death we’ve been avoiding all our lives. And if Buffalo Killers’ latest album 3 is any indication, we can expect to have a Killers record on the turntable until they put us in the grave.— Jewly Hight and Sean L. Maloney

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter w/Buffalo Killers

When: Sun., Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

Price: $10


Dec 01: Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot w/ Blackfaces (members of Immortal Lee County Killers, Soledad Brothers and Be Your Own Pet) and D.Watusi
Dec 02: Huntington, WV @ The V Club
Dec 03: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Dec 04: Cincinnati, OH @ Junkers Tavern
Dec 05: Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class
Dec 06: Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
Dec 07: Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail w/ Left Lane Cruiser
Dec 08: Lafayette, IN @ Lafayette Brewing Co.
Dec 09: Chicago, IL @ Morseland
Dec 10: Columbia, MO @ The Bridge
Dec 11: St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Dec 12: TBA
Dec 13: Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club
Dec 15: Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s Pub
Dec 16: Bayport, MN (Minneapolis) @ Bayport BBQ w/ Molly Gene’s One Whoaman Band
Dec 17: Bayport, MN (Minneapolis) @ Bayport BBQ w/ Molly Gene’s One Whoaman Band
Dec 18: Green Bay, WI @ Phatheads
Dec 19: Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Dec 20: Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
[West Coast March 2012 tour dates to be announced soon]



”I once described James Leg’s voice as what Tom Waits might sound like if he gargled with razor blades and whiskey and was SCREAMING the blues from the seventh circle of the deepest pit in hell. He still sounds that way, but on this album (his first solo album, outside of the magnificent Black Diamond Heavies), it all sounds more…’churchy.’ A church where they sing songs about drinkin’, hell, temptation, jail and crackheads. Glory!” – NO DEPRESSION

“Long live rock and soul and pianos and devil horns.” – POPMATTERS

“Working outside the confines of his regular band [Black Diamond Heavies] finds Leg tapping into his extraordinary talent in ways that will leave listeners wondering why the hell he isn’t already on constant iPod rotation. Solitary Pleasure is a solid, great album. In fact, whether or not you’ve ever heard Black Diamond Heavies, this new CD is a must for local music enthusiasts—or even those who didn’t know that a talent like James Leg walks our streets.”  –  CHATTANOOGA PULSE

“Solitary Pleasure is a record that recreates the in-your-face feel of being in a hot, sweaty, crowded club while Leg and his drummer Andrew Jody pound out some hot, rockin’ blues and soul stylings…. a great soundtrack to the party, whether it’s the one going down in your living room or the one going on inside your head.” – BLOGCRITICS

“If the Black Keys sold their souls to the devil – they’d probably end up playing like this.” – MAD MACKEREL / UK

“From his band the Black Diamond Heavies to his work with the Immortal Lee County Killers and contributions to albums by Scott H. Biram and Left Lane Cruiser on up to his new solo album, Solitary Pleasure, Myers is partially responsible for doling out some of the dirtiest, howlingest, most searing punk-ass blues ever produced.” – NOW THIS SOUND IS BRAVE

“Solitary Pleasure is one fine ride, even if the Leg’s wildman persona is largely held in check. Of course, he caterwauls about the temptations of wine and women with an arm firmly wrapped around each, and in a voice that would send Tom Waits scurrying after a Ricola. But more than anything, Solitary Pleasure gives Leg the opportunity to tap the breaks. As tempos grind down, melodies long held underground rub their tired eyes in the light of day, and Leg seems to revel in the freedom afforded by this, showing greater emotion and ambition than one might believe based solely on his output with Black Diamond Heavies. That being said, lead single “Drowning In Fire” casts Leg in a persona we’re all most comfortable with: whiskey-soaked James the Baptist, banging the ivories and pleading with the residents of an indifferent heaven.” – MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG

“Sounds as if Howlin’ Wolf punched the Black Keys in the throat and stole their band.” – LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL

“John Wesley Meyers is indeed a remarkably talented piano man…sort of like the Jerry Lee Lewis of our time, and of the blues-punk scene, but with somewhat of a gravelly, Waitsian singing voice. Solitary Pleasure has ten songs in all, eight of which are originals, and all of them exceptional. It is unquestionably an album that is meant to be listened to in its entirety.” – NATIONAL EXAMINER

“Leg establishes himself in the style of an early era Leon Russell merged with some acute punk sensibilities. His keyboard work is both raw and multi-textured bringing a force of sound that clears the dust off your speakers. Like Russell, Leg also brings in a healthy dose of gospel fire that delivers another fervent level to the proceedings.” – SWAMPLAND

“For any fan of The Black Diamond Heavies there is no need to ‘try before you buy.’ You’re gonna love Solitary Pleasure. For anyone who’s ever felt BDH was a tad too lo-fi/in your face for your musical tastes it’s time to give James Leg a chance cause, it’s Essential Listening.” – NINE BULLETS

Solitary Pleasure is ingrained with James Leg’s extensive knowledge of the rock and roll canon and the album displays his passion and originality to full effect. Granted, Leg’s gargled-with-goat vocal style could be an acquired taste, but it’s also a quality instrument that, like his keyboard work, will prove powerful, yet supple and dextrous over the course of the album. Imagine Tom Waits doing Bobby “Blue” Bland covers. – DEEP BLUES

“Myers’ Fender Rhodes sounds like an entire band with at least two electric guitars and a bass, especially in the energy laden opener “Have To Get It On.”  His voice haunts you like Tom Waits on a bad day, while his Fender trips out the blues shuffle-bassline and a rockin’ melody on top of tha. The musical world is a better place for this fresh take on the blues.” – WE HEARD THAT

“The Rev. James Leg and his skin-bashin’ henchman are two holy rollin’ men in black treatin’ us to some unholy sonic hoodoo voodoo. They brew up a mean still’s worth of firewater-breathin’ garage-blues thrills that oughta be drunk all over the globe.”  – WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN / UK

“If James Leg’s record sounds uncannily like the guy who sings for the Black Diamond Heavies it’s because he’s John Wesley Myers of that same band. Solitary Pleasure dips into common musical paint pots (bluesy keyboards, greasy soul and raucous garage), mixes in a bit more pop and splatters the lot over a wide canvas. Leg’s guttural vocal is at the heart of this music and his trademark Fender Rhodes accompaniment isn’t going anywhere soon.  These eight original songs are about messed-up or messy girls, blown dough and the rigours of coming down from the road.” – I-94 BAR

“Breathes new life into the blues and soul with a unique sound.” – ROOTSTIME / Belgium

Solitary Pleasure is out now on CD, Limited Editon Pink Vinyl (with free poster) and Digital formats through Alive Records.



Tony Bonyata
Pavement PR
p: 262.903.7775


Renowned rock critic Dave Marsh is inviting Peter Case into the Sirius-XM studios to perform a number of songs from his illustrious career, including tracks from his most recent release, The Case Files, on his weekly radio show Kick Out The Jams. The two will also discuss Peter’s lengthy solo career, as well as his upcoming live Plimsouls album and reunion tour with Paul Collins, where the two will be performing songs from The Nerves, The Plimsouls and The Beat together. 

Dave’s Kick Out The Jams show with Peter will air Thanksgiving Sunday, November 27th at 10am ET on the Sirius rock channel The Loft, and then again on Wednesday, November 30th at midnight.


Buffalo Killers’ Zach Gabbard on community, family, and history in his band’s music

by Nick Spacek

Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers arose following the dissolution of garage-rock act Thee Shams. The newly-formed trio — consisting of brothers Andrew and Zach Gabbard on guitar and bass, respectively, along with drummer Joseph Sebaali — is a definite change of pace from the shaggy-haired rock of their previous band. Taking a tack to a different decade, Buffalo Killers’ sound draws strongly from the latter part of the ’60s and the early ’70s, when emotionally resonant lyrics were paired with roots music by the likes of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Buffalo Killers are touring in support of this year’s release on Alive Records, entitled 3, and they stop at Knuckleheads this Thursday, November 10, opening for the North Mississippi All Stars. We recently spoke with Zach Gabbard by phone about the band’s influences and tendency to draw fortuitous opening gigs.

The Pitch: Your new album is entitled 3. Why go so simple with it?

Zach Gabbard: You know, there’s three of us, it’s our third record — we just felt, “Why not just go simple with it?” It seemed fitting. We had our friend, Joshua Levy, do the cover and we were kind of tossing other things around and the “three” just kind of stuck out more. I just though it was fitting, with the three of us, third record — it just seems like kind of a mystical number.

You guys have managed to get on some really impressive tours. I read the story of how you were personally asked by Chris Robinson to be the openers for the Black Crowes, but I’m also kind of curious as to how you ended up on this North Mississippi All Stars tour.

We met Luther [Dickinson] — he’s been playing with the Black Crowes, he’s been their guitarist for, oh, quite a while — and it was just a thing where, you know, he admires our work and we admire his, and we became friends on the road, traveling with [the Black Crowes], and he did us a solid.

I always chalk it up to luck. We’ve always gotten lucky. With the whole Chris and the Black Crowes thing, we did our first tour to the West coast, and a friend of ours came out to the show. And, he told us that Chris had told him about the show, and I just thought, “What? How does this guy know who we are? It’s our first … whatever.” I gave him a CD that night, and he took it back to Chris.

When I got home, we had gone and planned another trip back out West, and I had just gotten off the phone with our booking agent. We were settling up things, and he started calling me back. I thought, “What does he want? What is so important?” And, what it was, was that they had called, right after we had settled that up, and we did the whole United States with ’em over the course of two years.

They took us to the West coast, East coast, we did Florida with ’em, and that was our first outside the club situation. You know: outside our element. Their crew did our sound, helped us come into that situation. It is a lot different to play in front of that many people. It is a different situation when they’re backing up to the loading dock their semi trucks, and we’re backing up our van. They took us under their wing and showed us how to deal with a completely new … everything.

And with the Black Keys — I had known Dan [Auerbach] and Pat [Carney] for a long time, and Dan invited us to do a record at his house. We did our second record [Let It Ride] with Dan, we’ve done some dates with them. We’ve just gotten really lucky.

I’ve noticed that you and a lot of the bands with which you’ve toured — Black Crowes, Black Keys, North Mississippi All Stars — all seem to share this modern take on classic Byrds-y harmonies and roots music. Where does Buffalo Killers’ influences come from?

Well, we grew up, me and my brother — my brother the guitar player, Andrew — we grew up in a very musical household. Our dad played guitar and he taught us how to play, and our weekends were spent with him and his friends playing music. This was the trade that our father gave to us. We grew up listening to the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, all of those sounds were all around, all the time. When got older and we started writing songs, it’s all coming from a sincere place in almost like our childhood, you know?

And, me and my brother write songs apart and bring them together. We’ve always had this connection, where it seems like we’re writing about the same themes: love and family, all these things that are super-important that, in your younger days, you sort of lose sight of.

To play music, and to look over at my brother, who I love — and we don’t fight and we’re in this together — and our drummer, Joey — him and Andy were childhood friends growing up — to play with those two, it just tickles me to death to be on stage. They’re wonderful musicians, and I look over, and I don’t hate ’em. ‘Cause I’ve been in that situation. I enjoy every bit of it, and that’s the way it should be.

It certainly comes through in the new album. It’s very relaxed. I’m not going to say it’s mellow, but you guys let the music breathe a lot.

And I think that that’s part of our progression as a band. When we were making this record, it was going the way it was going, and we were worried this isn’t the live — when you’re making a record, and you’re used to playing all the time, for me, I had the mentality of making a setlist. And it’s not a setlist — this is making a record.

Once we let that go, and left it behind — “This isn’t us playing live, this is us making a record.” — everything just fell into place, and we stopped worrying about it, and I’m super-proud of it.


Gardens will be performing two live studio sessions today in Chicago, first at WNUR and then Fearless Radio before their Windy City show tonight at Crown Liquors!

You can tune into their WNUR session at 1:30pm (cst) online here, and then check out the podcast of the their Fearless Radio session online here.




11.08 :: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
11.10 :: Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.11 :: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.12 :: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.13 :: Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.15 :: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.16 :: Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.17 :: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.18 :: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre w/ North Mississippi All Stars
11.19 :: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub w/ Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
11.20 :: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In w/ Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
12.02 :: Louisville, KY @ Zazoo’s
12.09 :: Dayton, OH @ Canal Street Tavern



“A seductive listen and a real contender for album of the year.” – Alan Brown / SHINDIG!

“Buffalo Killers take aim at garage, swamp blues, ’60s psych, Canyon harmonies and Southern roots and land their prey every time. 3 is the third – and best – album from this beardy Cincinnati trio.” – Nigel Williamson   / UNCUT

“Golden nostalgic bliss…Cincinnati’s incredible Buffalo Killers will show you exactly where Kings of Leon went wrong.” – Chris Deville / THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Buffalo Killers’ 3 suggests a meeting of the minds between Crazy Horse and the James Gang during a few mellow days in Laurel Canyon. Joining the Killers on their journey through the past are Kelley Deal, Brian Olive and James Leg, but even if this is a very Ohio-centric cast of characters, this music has a rich West Coast feel, and in this case, that’s a good thing. Buffalo Killers’ 3 finds this band easing into an comfortable but deep groove, and not many bands have mined a late hippie-era approach with more satisfying results.” – Mark Deming / ALL MUSIC

“Twelve tracks of melancholic psych rock with twists of folk, 3 is perfect summer music.” – VIVE LE ROCK

“On the trio’s third album, 3, Buffalo Killers pick up on the swampy pop promise of their eponymous 2006 debut and take it to the next level. Influences are still all over 3, but a confident, engaged pop sensibility is fully in charge. Abundant with short gems, 3 unabashedly embraces added colors of steel guitar, banjo, saxophone, trippy keyboards and Kelley Deal’s voice (on the plaintive track “Could Never Be,” which sounds like an outtake from Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush).” – Tom Keogh / SEATTLE TIMES

“Big riffs rule, and at no time more than the ’70s did they dominate the airwaves. Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers evoke the blurry Polaroid sounds of those years, grooving like Foghat one minute, recalling the melodic gold of Badfinger another, and utterly, unironically rocking like ZZ Top. There’s nothing quite as simple and effective as a “’power trio.’ The three were members of the dearly departed garage rock outfit Thee Shams, but Buffalo Killers isn’t three chord frat rock at all. The songs are thick and greasy, and listening to the trio live, you can see why they’ve made fans of The Black Keys and The Black Crows.” – Jason Woodbury / PHOENIX NEW TIMES

“Buffalo Killers successfully bridge the rock eras here with 3 and place a modern indie spin on a style of music that has been with us for a very long time.“  – Christopher Anthony / THE FIRE NOTE

“3 is at times graceful and serene, beautiful and calm, but the obvious power behind this beast is never for a moment forgotten. Truly some of the Buffalo Killers finest work.” – Brian F. Johnson / MARQUEE MAGAZINE

“Buffalo Killers definitely have a cool Joe Walsh/James Gang influence in their sound. I dig ‘em.” – Alice Cooper  / NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER

“For those expecting another disc’s worth of psychedelic smoke and thunder from the Killers, 3 offers more than a few surprises (including cameo appearances by Brian Olive and the Breeders’ Kelley Deal). This time out, the trio exudes a sweeter Pop vibe, as though they’re channeling their inner Joe Walsh. A world-class album that exudes summer warmth and a sunshine bright charm, while still maintaining the band’s signature sonic presence if at a slightly less dense level. 3 could easily push Buffalo Killers to the next tier of Rock stardom.” – Brian Baker / CINCINNATI CITY BEAT

“…steeped in swampy psychedelic blues-rock.” – Dave Gil de Rubio / EAST BAY EXPRESS

“If you’re looking for a new outlet to connect with your inner hippie, then you have to check out Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers. And when we say hippie, we’re not talking about the current trustafarian, patchouli stank, jam-band variety. These guys are the real thing, steeped in ‘60s garage rock psychedelia and swampy southern rock; authentic enough for The Black Crowes to drag them out on tour in 2007 and Dan Auerbach to not only produce the Buffalo Killers’ 2008 CD, Let It Ride, but also drag the band back out on the road opening for Black Keys.” – TULSA MUSIC NEWS

“Buffalo Killers have created a distinctive brand of guitar-based rock that harkens back to the late 1960s and early ’70s. With their new full-length, 3, out Aug. 2 on Alive Records, Zach Gabbard (vocals, bass), brother Andy (vocals, guitar) and Joey Sebaali (drums) have crafted a batch of retro tunes that are more expansive and detailed than their first two albums.” – Don Thrasher / DAYTON DAILY NEWS

“I feel duty-bound to throw something new at you because it needs sayin’, it’s these bearded, denim-clad souls that call themselves the Buffalo Killers. They kill all right. They’re a rock trio from Cincinnati, Ohio but they lay down some hazy, fuzzed out bits of psychedelic sunshine that spill straight from the hills of Southern California circa 1972. I just slapped their third long player, a purple polyvinyl disc aptly titled 3, onto my turntable and it instantly takes me for a ride – a ride with Crazy Horse and The James Gang, Buffalo Springfield and Canned Heat – back to a time when I lay perched on my elbows on the living room floor of my childhood home, LP collection scattered about the room and dreaming, devouring every word, every note. This album takes you back to that place (if you’re old enough to have experienced your teenage years during vinyl’s heyday). There are no riffs to speak of here just catchy hooks and sublime melodies. These hairy retro-rockers cling to their denim roots like they depend on it. That’s a good thing. And as much as I use comparisons to bands like Big Star, James Gang, Buffalo Springfield, and others, they have their own distinctive sound that imparts fresh interpretations of some time-honored styles.” – Jim Nieves / VINYL HOUNDS

“Dan Auerbach loves it. Chris Robinson loves it. Daniele Cusentino loves it. I can’t believe I just had the audacity to put my opinion on par with those dudes, but so be it. Their new track ‘Circle Day’ rules, as does the new album” – Daniele Cusentino / CINCINNATI METROMIX

“Forget a throwback sound, these guys rock a grow-back sound. This trio out of Ohio isn’t bringing back an old genre, they’re embellishing a genre that should have never been left behind. Mixing together brotherly vocal harmonies, psychedelic guitar riffs, jam-band drums and Zeppelin-esque bass lines. In addition to the more clear and crisp production on 3, Buffalo Killers have also clearly moved from stoner-rock toward a more laid-back psych-rock sound, even utilizing a tiny bit of steel guitar, saxophone and quite a lot more acoustic vibes. While the riff-centric aspect of the band has slightly faded, the band has developed more of a chord-progression approach on this record. Vocally, the harmonies of Zachary and Andrew Gabbard resonate well over their instruments bringing to mind the singing talents of both Neil Young and Layne Stanley.” – Myles Cochrane / TRI-CITY WEEKLY

“Cincinnati trio Buffalo Killers find that drawing from ‘60s and ‘70s rock icons continues to provide fresh ideas filled with a tunefulness and musical vocabulary that is indebted to rock’s golden era with a refreshing vibrancy.” – Kyle Melton / DAYTON CITY PAPER

“Cincy rawk behemoths and long-time MOKB faves Buffalo Killers will be back in the bins on August 2nd with their new self-produced full-length, 3. Always good to hear new material from these cats, and lead single ‘Circle Day’ is no exception. A Creamy, heady brew, it’s just the thing for a sweltering Midwestern afternoon.” –  Richard ‘Luftmensch’ Morgan / MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG

“Circle Day is an excellent taste of the straight ahead, no nonsense, classic rock ‘n’ roll these heavily bearded boys deliver, a propulsive rhythm, proper guitars and a killer riff soaked in a tight-fitting seventies sheen…” – MAD MACKEREL UK

“I read somewhere that Buffalo Killers sound as if they fell asleep 35 years ago, woke up, and missed all the changes in the musical landscape that happened while they slumbered. That’s a pretty good description. I love this band.” – Ben Opipari / WRITERS ON PROCESS

“I have been into those guys for a long time. Back when they were in Thee Shams I brought them on the road with The Black Keys. I didn’t hear anything from them for a while after Thee Shams disbanded until the next thing I know the Buffalo Killers first record is coming out. I bought a copy of it and was stunned, like ‘Holy shit.’ They transformed from a good garage rock band to light years ahead of what they were doing in terms of songwriting, arrangement and harmonies.” – DAN AUERBACH IN JAMBASE

“There’s another band like that I really love, from Cincinnati, the Buffalo Killers. They’re a three-piece Midwestern rock’n’roll band – really f**king good songs.” – CHRIS ROBINSON IN MOJO

Buffalo Killers are an American rock band comprising brothers Zachary and Andrew Gabbard with Joseph Sebaali. Quickly signed to Alive Records after sending a burnt CD with just their telephone number and name on it, their self-titled debut album was released in October of 2006.

Buffalo Killers drew the attention of Chris Robinson, who invited the band to open a string of dates for The Black Crowes. That road trip spawned the songs for the band’s second long player, Let It Ride, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Most recently, the Buffalo Killers collaborated with Kelley Deal on the just released Sing For Your Meat: A Tribute to Guided By Voices, and on August 2nd the Cincinnati-based trio will be releasing their new self-produced album “3” on Alive Records (available on CD, Digital and Colored Vinyl in both blue and purple – limited to just 500 copies each color).



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Three Metre Day performed songs from their new album Coasting Notes on West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson in Berkley, CA yesterday! This two-hour radio show aired on dozens of stations throughout the nation. 3MD’s performance can be heard through the next week courtesy of KALW’s archived audio stream of this show.

Click here to tune into 3MD’s WCL show (then scroll down and click on the West Coast Live link).


Music journalist Xavier Bonnet from ROLLING STONE France just gave Radio Moscow’s new LP “The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz” a great review stating that it’s “fifty minutes of psyche-rock fireworks…. like spending an evening with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and The Black Keys.”  Yeah… it’s that good.

Here’s the original text in French…

Radio Moscow -The Great Escape Of Leslie Magnafuzz
Alive Records
Un troisième album dont la furie redéfinit le concept de la modulation de fréquence !
Il y a un côte très pratique dans un concert de Radio Moscow puiqu’il permet de passer une soirée à la fois avec Jimi Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy et Black Keys (et encore, là, on résume…). Reste que, souvent, avec des zoziaux pareils, les albums studio ne suivent pas la même veine. Tout le contraire avec Parker Griggs, homme à tout faire du duo-trio (duo en studio, trio sur la route) puisque seule la basse échappe à son contrôle. Mieux, avec ce troisième épisode studio, il a choisi l’option jam à tout va. D’évidence, la notion de single radio n’a pas franchi les murs de son local de répétition de l’Iowa. Qu’on ne compte pas sur nous pour s’en plaindre tant le psyché-rock à ce degré d’intensité fera notre bonheur, et ce bien au-delà des cinquante minutes de ce feu d’artifice magnafuzzien…Xavier Bonnet


Bloody Hollies: Yours Until the Bitter End
By Stephen Haag 1 November 2011

It goes without saying that over the course of eleven years and five albums, the Bloody Hollies have been more bloody than holly—and that is, in our increasingly sanitized rock ‘n’ roll world, a very good thing. When the foursome repeatedly conjure up Jack White possessed by demons and fronting ‘70s southern rock kingpins Blackfoot (with some help from Motor City garage guru Jim Diamond manning the controls) they are truly doing the lord’s work on Yours Until The Bitter End… acknowledging that your conception of God may be different from mine.

So yeah, if you’re familiar with the Hollies’ take on demented garage, blooze and ‘70s rock, Bitter End is more of the same from one of the genre’s most reliable, hardest hitting bands. And if you’re new to the band, this is a great place to start, too. Frontman Wesley Doyle, with his yowl, will never fully shake the Jack White comparisons, but his unhinged takes throughout the album—the motorcycle-gang-rumble menace of opener “So Grey, So Green”, the gallant “Leave That Woman Alone” and the boogeyman (!) POV “Good Night, Sleep Tight”—ensure that the band his its own identity. Of course it helps that Joey Horgan’s Hammond organ puts the appropriate meat on these songs’ bones—spooky here (“Sticks and Stones”), hard rock there (“Dead Letter”) and Horgen, who also pulls guitar duties, never met a freaked out solo that he didn’t love.

All the above make the Hollies a potent riff delivery system, to be sure, but that said, it’s their unlikely embrace of boogie rock and Americana that helps separate them from the Leather Jacket Pack. Sure, there are antecedents—the nearest analogue may be Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s 2004 country-punk detour Howl (to say nothing of ‘80s godfathers like Gun Club), but the dobro-fueled “Dirty Sex” and the back-porch closer “John Wayne Brown”, about the titular preacher “out lookin’ for the good lord’s mystery”, show a willingness to stand out and and explore some of rock’s back pages. After all, when’s the last time you saw Blackfoot referenced in an album review?


Three Metre Day ” Coasting Notes”
3MD Records, 2011

Impressive debut of atmospheric soundscapes.

Three Metre Day (3MD) are a Canadian trio who combine roots music with a smooth jazz and blues sensibility. Playing pump organ, violin and guitars they are augmented on this debut by bass and drums to create an album that is initially reminiscent of kd Lang’s torch song period.

There’s no denying the classy playing and Michelle Willis certainly has the requisite sultry voice that charms and insinuates its way into the listener. This is most apparent on the two opening songs “I’m Like an Oak” and “Absecon Bay”. The latter especially is mightily impressive.

Further listening finds the band moving into a meditative mode with songs that slowly ebb and flow and meander like a lazy river. The pump organ wheezes throughout, the fine guitar playing of Don Rooke (of The Henrys) sparingly adds tasteful curlicues and Hugh Marsh’s violin plays sweet or nasty as required. A song like “Honey Drip” is an atmospheric and sweaty trip into the everglades where Willis offers advice to the unwary on how to survive in a culture that oozes mañana. This and the following song “Reputation Girl” could easily sit on a Ry Cooder soundtrack album.

Overall this is an impressive debut, challenging at times but ultimately a richly textured document that repays repeated listening.


In preparation for their U.S. Record Release Show this evening at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Toronto’s Three Metre Day will be dropping by the KPIG studios this morning at 11am (pacific) for a live in-studio session where they’ll be performing songs from their recently release full-length debut Coasting Notes. You can tune into the live KPIG audio stream here (with a 7-day free trail).

Immediately following, 3MD will then stop by KZSC Radio in Santa Cruz, CA for a relaxed interview with spins from their new record with Chris Jong on his Backroads show! You can tune into the live KZSC audio stream here.

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