Buffalo Tom To Release Rousing, Reflective New Album Quiet And Peace March 2nd
Hear the first track "All Be Gone" via Stereogum
My top three artists are Bruce Springsteen, Buffalo Tom, and Tom Waits.
– Jon Stewart
Boston-based indie faves Buffalo Tom, having recently wrapped an acclaimed run of sold out U.S. and U.K. shows marking the 25th anniversary of their alt-rock masterpiece Let Me Come Over, have confirmed their first new album in six years, Quiet and Peace, due March 2, 2018 via Scrawny/Schoolkids Records.
The compelling 11-song set finds the trio—singer-guitarist Bill Janovitz, bassist-vocalist Chris Colbourn and drummer Tom Maginnis—simultaneously mining their best-known sonic elements while breaking new ground on emotionally resonant new tunes such as "All Be Gone," "Overtime," "Roman Cars," "Freckles" and "CatVMouse." Full of nostalgic and dusky imagery, much of Quiet And Peace emerges from New England's less visited darker corners, offering a sort-of poetic travelogue of faded colors and woods illuminated in the light of the seaside.
Buffalo Tom's first collection since 2011's Skins, Quiet and Peace was mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady) and marks the band's first collaboration with producer and fellow Boston alt-rock legend David Minehan, renowned ex-leader of the Neighborhoods.
"For this record, I wanted to show Chris and Tom Dave's Woolly Mammoth Studios in Waltham, MA," says Janovitz. "Dave is a local legend -- founding the beloved Neighborhoods when he was a teenager and going on to play in the Replacements and Paul Westerberg's solo band -- he is a tremendously kind and gifted guy." Janovitz continues," Woolly reminds me so much of what I loved about really relaxed, vibey studios like the early iterations of Fort Apache in Boston, and places like Dreamland Studio up in Woodstock. Those rooms were responsible for three of our first four records, as well as dozens of other projects. You rarely felt like you were in a pro recording studio watching the clock. And Woolly Mammoth, like the Fort, is filled with an enviable, much-Instagrammed collection of vintage guitars, amps, and other gear."
In addition to guitars, Quiet and Peace makes striking use of keyboards and synthesizers, as well as the voices of several female backing vocalists, including local heroines Jennifer D'Angora, Andrea Gillis and Erica Mantone, as well as Janovitz's daughter Lucy, who adds her voice to the band's poignant reading of the Simon and Garfunkel chestnut "The Only Living Boy in New York" and Sarah Jessop who sings on "High the Hemlock Grows."
Buffalo Tom will play an intimate benefit show at New York's Housing Works Bookstore Café on January 17 before heading out on a run of headlining shows in major cities across the U.S. in the spring. See below for shows, more to be announced soon.