Tuesday 18 February 2014

We Hunt Buffalo - Blood From A Stone - EP Review

Blood From a Stone cover art

Album Type:EP
Date Released: 22nd October 2013
Label: Self Released

Blood From A Stone - track listing:

1.Blood From a Stone 04:20
2.Cobwebs 04:36
3.Hometown 04:21
4.Telepathic Eyes 05:06


We Hunt Buffalo take guitar and synth sounds, seep them in a copious amount of fuzz, creating songs with hard-hitting stoner grooves and psychedelic overtones. It’s a culmination of years playing music together in a small Vancouver, BC suburb.

Their début EP was released in 2010 and introduced a new band that in the words of the Georgia Straight, were “dedicated to tracking down and capturing the dying breed of rock and roll”. With a buzz around them in Vancouver, they crossed paths with Tanis Gibbons, an apprentice to Colin Steward at ‘The Hive’ recording studio. 2011 would see them cut a full length LP with Tanis, working through the nights at the Burnaby studio. The finished product was a re-working of the songs on their EP as well as some new tunes. This album lead to the band’s first vinyl release. Discorder Magazine expressed “the trio definitely bring their own individuality to the sound, in a genre that can get fairly muddy” and “with bands like WHB around, it seems rock’n’roll is just fine”. Fueled by more local acclaim, the band continued to play regularly around Vancouver, seeing a growing fan base with every show.

In 2012 they decided to enter in 99.3 The Fox’s annual SEEDS competition. Discouraged at first that their brand of rock wouldn’t fit on Vancouver radio, the band was floored when they had learned they were winners in the competition, placing top 3 among 400 entries. This lead to a spot at The Commodore Ballroom, supporting Monster Truck. The Commodore appearances didn’t stop there. They would go on to share it’s stage with Chevelle, Matt Mays, Danko Jones and two nights with Steel Panther over New Years. Their song ‘The Search’ started gaining airplay in Western Canada and sparked multiple tours of the region where they would play with the Pack A.D, Electric Six and Nightseeker (Fubar’s Deaner).

The Band Members

Ryan Forsythe - Guitar & Vox
Brendan Simpson - Bass & Vox
Brandon Carter - Drums


One of Canada's finest upcoming Stoner Rock Bands – We Hunt Buffalo – have slowly been building a name for themselves over the last couple of years with their highly infectious blend of Hard Rock, Fuzz and Stoner Rock riffs. What made these guys stand out was their attitude in experimenting with different noises and sounds such as synths and fuzz.

Their début S/T album released back in 2012 won them some acclaim within the Stoner Rock scene and it wasn't hard to see why. We Hunt Buffalo know how to write a damn fine Stoner Rock song with loads of groove and plenty of power to kick your ass all over.

Well I must have been off the ball as these hugely talented rockers are back with their stunning new EP – Blood From A Stone. Nothing may have changed much with their music but it's still a great rocking ride that will have you coming back for more.

Opening title tracks shows the band have lost none of their appetite for writing great riffs and awesome sing-along lyrics you will be shouting out to your hearts content. This hard-rocking trio prove they have a very bright future indeed as this is an excellent EP from start to finish.

This is a Stoner Rock orgasm going off in your ears as We Hunt Buffalo leave no stone unturned by entertaining the hell out of you. I dare you not be moved by the heavy fuzzy atmospherics of Hometown. A song that shows why these guys are so highly thought of. It's a song packed full of emotion with the right amount of hard-rocking grooves to make it the EP's standout track.

We Hunt Buffalo have released a winner here folks. I recommend you check these guys out now. You won't regret it.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Cat Jones at Southern Cross PR for sending us a promo to review. Blood From A Stone is available to buy from BandCamp now.

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Written by Steve Howe