Buffalo Sunn is an Irish indie-rock band of brothers (four biological and two honorary). Formerly known as Sweet Jane, under which they released their only album Sugar for My Soul in 2010, the band rebranded themselves just this past October. Now they are looking to make their mark in the music world with By the Ocean, By the Sea, their first full-length album as Buffalo Sunn.
On June 6th, the band released the first single off of their new album, “By Your Side,” a modern, easy listening track with a west coast feel and clear influences from the 60s and 90s. The album is produced byPat McCarthy, a true fit for the band’s sound having worked in the past with acts such as The Waterboys, REM, Spiritualized, and U2.
So, here’s the thing about this band at first glance: they’re not reinventing the wheel. They know how to create a catchy sound, they know how to write strong lyrics and they know how to make good music. Are they changing the face of music? Not yet. Are they keeping pretty (yes, I said pretty) alt-rock alive? Absolutely.
That said, this band has great potential and I feel it’s unfair to fully critique them considering we’ve yet to hear a whole album from Buffalo Sunn.
Buffalo Sunn is:
Daniel Paxton — songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist
Neil Paxton — keys, guitar and backing vocals
Conor Paxton — keys, guitar
Ruairi — bass
Donagh O’Brien — drums
Patrick McHugh — vocals and guitar
2014 Tour Dates:
08/01/14 Castlepalooza 2014 – Charleville Castle, Laois, Ireland
08/03/14 The Secret Garden Music Festival – Wicklow, Ireland
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