UK five CD set from the Alt-Rock trio. When they released their first album in 1989, the Boston-based trio Buffalo Tom were written off as Dinosaur Jr. junior. Buffalo Tom began to develop their own style with their second album, 1990 s Birdbrain, which featured a noticeable improvement in songwriting. In 1992, Buffalo Tom released Let Me Come Over, a gritty set of driving Rock and achingly melancholy ballads; several of its tracks became alternative radio staples, including the gorgeous ballad 'Taillights Fade.' Despite an increased amount of critical praise and some radio airplay, the album didn t sell. The follow-up, 1993 s Big Red Letter Day, featured a more polished, radio-ready production, but the album received only a small push from radio and MTV. 'Soda Jerk,' the first single from the album, became a minor alternative radio and MTV hit. After a year-long tour, the group returned in the summer of 1995 with Sleepy Eyed, a return to the more direct sound of Let Me Come Over, following it with Smitten in 1998 before taking a decade long hiatus. Beggars Banquet.
"Season Two" of the Rock and Soul Series begins with seminal Boston rock trio Buffalo Tom. We caught them wandering the halls of Q division and told them if they wanted to use the bathroom they had to let us put out a Q-dee single. Fans of the band's earlier "I'm Allowed", "Taillights Fade", "Soda Jerk", "Tree House", will love a fresh piece of vinyl to wear down with multiple plays. For those just discovering them, let me just tell you that they are Jon Stewart's favorite band*.
The 45 is a premium direct metal master (dark blue!) vinyl disk and includes a beautiful toploading cardboard jacket. Recorded at Q division as part of their lastest release: "Skins", each disk of 500 is individually numbered.
Produced by the band in their hometown of Boston, MA, and mixed by long-time friends Paul Q. Kolderie (who produced the band's breakout third album, 1992's ''Let Me Come Over'') and Tom Polce, ''Skins'' is the follow up to 2007's acclaimed ''Three Easy Pieces'', which brought Buffalo Tom back into the spotlight after a nine-year hiatus. ''Skins'' is the first release on the band's own Scrawny Records via a worldwide partnership with The Orchard, and features guest Tanya Donnelly of Belly, Breeders and Throwing Muses fame singing on the song ''Don't Forget Me.'' Besides the standard CD, a deluxe edition will be available with demos and b-sides, as well as this vinyl version with a download card featuring the additional songs.
''Skins'' is everything you want from a Buffalo Tom album - its rock pummels and its ballads ache -- and reminds you why they hold such a strong place in so many people's hearts, including Jon Stewart, who had the band play on the final airing of his late-night syndicated talk show in the late '90s. Still comprised of the original trio of Bill Janovitz (guitars and vocals), Chris Colbourn (bass and vocals) and Tom Maginnis (drums), the song writing is as sharp and poignant today as it ever was. From the signature interplay of Janovitz and Colbourn's vocals to the scorching guitars and rolling thunderous drum arrangements, few other bands have been able to master depth and sensitivity at such volumes.