What I Learned at Bandcamp: Buffalo Rodeo
Kentucky psych rockers Buffalo Rodeo formed in 2008 as a trio but have been at their current lineup of five members since 2013. The band has been releasing albums since 2011, most recently 123 Water this year on March 6.
All of the group’s music is available to stream or purchase on Bandcamp.
Read The Spec‘s interview with Jordan Reynolds of Buffalo Rodeo and stream tracks from 123 Water, below…
Tell us a little about yourselves…
Hey! We’re called Buffalo Rodeo and we’re from Bowling Green, Ky.. We like to call ourselves indie psych rock, but putting yourself into a genre is a weird, difficult thing to do so we just hope people decide for themselves, aha. Our band members are Zach (vox/guitar), Nate (lead guitar), Patrick (bass), Ryan (drums), and me, Jordan (vox/keys).
How long have you been making music?
Each of us has been playing music for most of our lives, but the current lineup of Buffalo Rodeo formed in early 2013.
Who/what are your influences?
All five of us have very different musical tastes, and we are all influenced by a lot of different bands and artists. However, collectively, we really take inspiration from bands from the ’60s and ’70s like Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, etc.. More modern influences include Tame Impala and Mac DeMarco, among others.
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Ah! That’s a hard question! I guess if I had to chose I’d probably pick “Butterfly Knife.” It’s off our more recent release, 123 Water, and I feel like it’s the best representation of our sound and each of us as musicians. There’s this really awesome ’70’s rock vibe, but there’s also a super dreamy psychedelic aspect to it that I’m really proud of. It’s definitely the song I dance the hardest to when we play live. I think it has a great energy.
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Right now we’re just focusing on getting our live show flawless and playing out as much as possible. We’re doing some touring in the next few months, and if it were up to us, we’d spend all our time on the road. We just released our second EP, 123 Water, and we’re trying to get it to as many people as we can and spread the rock, you know.
As far as upcoming projects, we wrote about 30 songs before we recorded 123 Water, so I think we’d like to revisit some of those songs that didn’t get used and also work on writing more for a full-length LP. We’ve never done a full length, so that’s the eventual goal.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Ah, man, I really don’t know. Probably being a writer of some kind. I really like traveling, so I’d find some job that enables me to do that. I also really was into the idea of becoming a high school English teacher for a while, but I don’t think I have the right temperament for that, haha.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Lately I’ve been really into Angel Olsen, Natalie Prass, Laura Marling, and other badass ladies making some killer music. For my entire life I’ve been really inspired by Bob Dylan, and I really look up to what he did for music. I also love Patti Smith and after reading “Just Kids” I felt so inspired and incredibly touched. She is such an incredible artist.
Why do you make music?
Haha, that’s like asking why do you eat or why do you wake up in the morning. We do it because we can’t imagine a life without it.
Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Check out our new record, 123 Water! It’s up on Bandcamp now and we’re extremely excited that we’ve paired up with Jeffery Drag Records out of Nashville to press it on vinyl, and that will be coming out hopefully in May!