2006 was a disappointing year for the fans of Thee Shams (pronounced “The” Shams),
who had to bid farewell to this pivotal Cincinnati garage band. Within months
of the demise of Thee Shams, the Gabbard Brothers, Zachary (Bass/vocals), Andrew
(guitar/vocals), and longtime friend, Joseph Sebaali (drums) came together to
form what is now Buffalo Killers. With a name controversial enough to piss off
vegetarians (and possibly, Native American, too), the trio is for the most part
a psychedelic rock spirit with Midwestern blues/country sensibilities at heart.
Contrary to many reviews, Buffalo Killers are not really the remnants
of Thee Shams they are a band completely reborn to ditch the garage for
a more classic rock sound. Yes, they are still three longhaired psychedelic dudes,
and yes, the blues influences are still heard throughout their album.
The drug-induced album opener, San Martine des Morelle perfectly displays
the bands state of mind: perhaps somewhere between the sound of Jimi Hendrixs
wah-wah guitar tunes, The Beatles bittersweet harmonies, and Lynyrd Skynyrds
Southern rebelliousness! In fact, the heavier Southern rocks swagger on
tracks such as Down in the Blue and Children of War has
Skynyrd and The Black Crowes written all over it. And then there is the hypnotic
Heavens You Are with well-crafted melodies and blues guitar.
Recorded at Ultrasuede Studios in Cincinnati by producer John Curley (The Afghan
Whigs), Buffalo Killers debut record is a tasteful homage to classic rock
while celebrating the energy and the experimental music of the new millennium.
It is worth your time to check them out.