Avi Buffalo: Avi Buffalo
Most high school bands aspire to win the talent contest but the folksy, psychedelic, jazz inspired songs of the young Long Beach foursome Avi Buffalo garnered them a record deal with Sub Pop and for good reason. Now in their late teens, the band’s self-titled ten song album mixes together a dose of teenage sexuality and a touch of blind confidence with a sound that’s something like a unique blend of modern bands like Built to Spill and The Shins with 70’s titans Steely Dan and the Grateful Dead (I like to think of them as the Steely-Shin Dead).
“What’s In It For” is the track that makes it to the playlist quickest with its catchy layered melody and off beat chorus hook that shows that the band is not to be underestimated musically. The album ranges in sound and style a bit but other noteworthy songs include: “Truth Sets In” which introduces the bands sonic themes marvelously with its extended musical beginning and tight vocal followed with percussive claps and “Summer Cum” which is a pretty acoustic adventure only a teenager could’ve written. Additionally, tracks like the memorable “Five Little Sluts” and the seven and a half minute opus “Remember Last Time” may help the group find a large band of spinning followers in VW’s. In all, the album is a solid effort and a quality listen and it’s likely that at least a few of these tracks will find their way onto most hipster’s iPods before summer’s end.