Buffalo Summer sound like you hope and dream…big, bluesy, southern-tinged rock with riffs and melodies that refuse to leave your body or brain.
Hailing from South Wales, guitarist Jonny Williams, vocalist Andrew Hunt, drummer Gareth Hunt and bassist Darren King walk with giants in both action and attitude, evoking the days when classic rock such as Led Zeppelin, Free and Whitesnake strode stages like lions, yet with infusions of contemporary legends such as The Black Crowes, Alice In Chains and even a little dash of Jack White.
“A lot of what the blues is all about comes from hard lives and working class perspectives,” says Andrew, “and maybe it’s easier to feel if you connect to it on one of those levels.”
Wales is a mythical, creative and beautiful country which also takes great pride in its working class/mining roots. Buffalo Summer’s path was forged in such surroundings, the Hunt brothers growing up in a small village outside Neath, South Wales (‘a town more famous for its rugby than anything’).
“In Wales, music seems to be in your blood,” Andrew explains, “as soon as you go to school, as soon as you go to nursery, the first thing you’re doing is singing hymns. But aside from that, my very first musical memory, and one I still have an actual photograph of, is me playing a toy guitar with a red headband like Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits! My father played a lot of Dire Straits and he liked a lot of the Welsh bands too, like Budgie and Man, while my mother had a bit of vinyl collection with a few bits of disco and a lot of Motown. So there was always a tune in the house.”
Andrew, Gareth and their friend Darren had the time and space to freely explore music.
“As kids we’d spend a lot of time together, it was a very tight-knit community”, says Andrew,
“we were always out, kicking a football around, listening to Nirvana and the Manic Street Preachers. I also liked a lot of the Seattle bands personally, so it was inevitable really that as we got a little older, we’d put a band together”.
As the boys started playing in the mid-90s, Welsh rock was enjoying an international popularity surge, something not lost on any of Buffalo Summer. Continue Reading >>