We talk with Buffalo Paradise about their debut album The Kids Be Dancin’

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

BP: We’re a Bondi-based outfit, though we grew up in wide-ranging suburbs over Sydney and Singapore – probably contributing to our eclectic musical influences and personalities.

How did you first start playing music?

BP: Each of us came to music from just enjoying it so much growing up and taking the natural step into playing ourselves, not to mention Jack Black’s School Of Rock that had a profound effect on our frontman Lachie. Most of the band have played their respective instruments for well over a decade and then came together early 2021 to share our love of music!

What’s been happening recently?

BP: We’ve just released our debut album The Kids Be Dancin’ and had a great night launching the album with all friends, fans and family, selling out The Vanguard. We’ve also been busy recording a heap of follow up tunes to keep everyone’s ears flooded with Buffalo Paradise goodness.

Your album – The Kids Be Dancin’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

BP: The album kind of resonates all of our diverse music influences and covers a fair bit of musical territory. Someone could listen to the album and hear influences ranging from jazz, metal, modern day indie rock and anthemic rock songs. This greatly influenced the songwriting process, as the band relied heavily on taking a musical idea and fleshing it out in the rehearsal studio – culminating in the changing musical ideas throughout each of the songs.

How did you go about writing the album?

BP: A lot of the songwriting was shared by Lachie (vocalist) and Angus (lead guitar) in terms of coming up with an initial musical idea, then this was taken to the band as a whole, given a structure, seeing what we found to be the natural emphasis when we played it and adapted to make it complementary to the band as a whole. That being said, there are a lot of songs on the album that were truly a collaborative effort with the entire band bringing the idea to the final project – whether it be from a jam session, or just a semi complete idea becoming complete.

What does this album mean to you?

BP: This one means a lot to be honest. For many of the band members this represents our musical growth in a band setting with much of the experience being first time writing/recording/production, not to mention delays due to lockdowns etc. It’s a body of work we can all reflect on very fondly and see our progression as a band, and we all really value not only the music, but the bonding, process and experience we all shared together to get this album completed.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?

BP: We recorded at Ralph Street Studios in Alexandria with Aria nominated and all round great guy Greg Stace. All of the recording, production and mastering was done there.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2022 going into 2023?

BP: For the remainder of the year we have a bit of downtime from live shows, focusing on writing follow up music and hoping to be back in the studio by the end of January 2023. We’ve got about 5 songs already recorded and ready to go, but planning to get that number much higher in 2023 to get a heap more BP music out into the world! And in true Buffalo Paradise fashion, there will be a good few high energy, fun loving shows in 2023 for sure.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

BP: Again, the band has a pretty eclectic mix of influences. There’s definitely a very heavy emphasis on the indie rock bands in the Australian scene at the moment, as we love the work of all of our contemporaries (Pacific Avenue, Lime Cordial, Hockey Dad, Spacey Jane, Winston Surfshirt to name a few), but then there’s a whole range of other genres in there as well.

Please tell us about any upcoming shows:

BP: None official at the moment – but tentatively pencil in mid Feb. All our shows are promoted online via the various band socials, so they’re the best place to stay up to date with all our shows!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

We’re lucky to have had a good chunk of our shows in Newtown which has some pretty wicked cuisine… there’s definitely been some pretty iconic BP band dinners there in preparation for or after our live shows that we can all reflect back on as critical in the formation of our bond as a band.

We have a tradition that after each show we make a stop at Indian Home Diner in Paddington for a luscious butter chicken kebab as we make our way back to Bondi. As to where we like to hang out, the beach!!



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