Buffalo Clover – Test Your Love

buffaloEmerging out of the Nashville scene, Buffalo Clover are a band criminally underrated in Britain, mainly because of their country roots and the UK’s infamous rejection of the genre. Despite this they made an impression on DrunkenWerewolf back in 2010 with their debut album Low Down Time. Ballsy and in your face yet subtle and composed, it’s a record bred and brewed in the salt of their hometown but nevertheless accessible to an ear better acquainted with Americana and folk.

Test Your Love, the band’s sophomore album, takes things one step further, introducing oodles of rhythm and blues to the table. It is however clearly the same band at play. The hollering vocal of front woman Margo Price litters every song, pulling all the right strings and generally lifting the listener from where they perch. On songs like opener “The Ruse”, “Truthfulness” and “Let it Go”, Price demonstrates the full range of her soprano lungs with an almighty burst of swagger. Add a bar twinkling piano, brass and thigh slapping guitar, and you’ve got yourself a hoedown that will tantalise even the stiffest English upper lip.

Buffalo Clover are clearly a band who know how to have fun and it’s the brighter moments of Test Your Love that shine. On paper their influences range from Bob Dylan to Janis Joplin. On record and in practice The Band and Dolly Parton sneak in as well. The results are bold and authentic, with 70s rock’n’roll songs “Come into my House” and “Guilt” sounding as though they were recorded in situ. Slower numbers like “Temporary Satisfaction” and “Hey Child” come with an additional Southern soul slur that’s again neither dated or clichéd.

With Low Down Time Buffalo Clover proved themselves a good time. Test Your Love continues the theme, but also instils a real sense of genius and faith in their music. The six piece are one of few to sound genuinely timeless and on the British scene at least, that should stand them in good stead.

Release: 19th August 2013, Angry Badger Records

Exclusive: Buffalo Clover giveaway track from new album Test Your Love

buffalocloverThe right honourable Buffalo Clover of Nashville are on the brink of releasing their new album Test Your Love, after the second successful Kickstarter campaign of the band’s career.

The six-piece hit their goal and raised enough money to master their forthcoming album, as well as producing the art work for CD and vinyl and paying for some all important distribution. Due out soon as an independent release off the band’s own back, Buffalo Clover proudly proclaim themselves free of representation. Rightly so; making a record like Test Your Love without any backing besides fan input it something to boast about indeed.

To celebrate Buffalo Clover’s success and introduce tasteful ears to tasteful music, DrunkenWerewolf is offering lead track “Truthfulness” as an exclusive download below. Check over here for more on the band.

Help Nashville’s Buffalo Clover release their sophomore

buffalocloverNashville based band Buffalo Clover have set up a Kickstarter campaign to help them produce and distribute their sophomore album Test Your Love.

Launched last week, the campaign has already raised $2000 of the $10,000 goal – money that will go towards the mastering of the record with John Baldwin, a professional music video and a trans-Atlantic tour that aims to bring Buffalo Clover to British and Spanish shores this summer. As well as showcasing the band's country inspired Americana, the record features Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and was recorded at Nashville's infamous Bomb Shelter with The Nashville Horns.

Pledgers can buy digital downloads, vinyl, stickers, t-shirts and more from here. Watch their exclusive campaign video below!

Video Bonanza 7: featuring Evans the Death, Buffalo Clover, Marina & the Diamonds and Last Harbour

It’s been a super busy week in the world of music videos, with new releases from Grammy award winning artists to young fledglings destined for stardom. But never mind differences in popularity, all submissions have something in common - they smash expectations out of the park and promise a roller coaster ride for the festivals of 2012. ATPSXSW-what?

Fortuna POP!’s latest signees Evans the Death recall chaotic Riot Grrrl alongside mod-pop and bedroom lo-fi. Not that they let their influences interfere with their video for “Telling Lies”, which features an all gender brawl before the girls of the group decide to take their clothes off.

Recently confirmed for Indietracks, the band will perform in various locations across London this month in anticipation of their debut album Telling Lies, due out in April.

After kicking up a stink with their Halloween release last year, Moon Duo are set to return to the UK with a Record Store Day 7” release of remixes. DrunkenWerewolf doesn’t usually go in for rehashing old material, but the Sonic Boom remix of “Scars” is something to set your ears on.

Moon Duo will tour the UK in June, including an appearance at No Direction Home. For more information go here.

Moon Duo - Scars (Sonic Boom Remix)(Official Video) from Souterrain Transmissions on Vimeo.

The Civil Wars performed at a splattering of festivals last year, but in 2012 we’ll have to make do with a run of 10 gigs this month. Awww. Still, you can cheer yourself up by repeatedly listening to the duo’s cover of Portishead’s “Sour Times”.

Another artist promising great things for the future is Lucy Rose, who recently teamed up with half-German, half-Australian artist SIREN to record new single “The Surrender”, due out on April 9th.

To celebrate SIREN have released a video for b-side “Buckets of Blood”, available to view below.

Alongside a fresh set of dates for March and April, Last Harbour return with a live performance of “The Heath”, recorded last year by singer Kevin Craig and pianist Gina Murphy in St Margaret's Church, Manchester.

For live dates go here.

Last Harbour - The Heath (live) from LittleRedRabbit on Vimeo.

As expectations for Marina and the Diamonds’ return reach galactic proportions, the Welsh native has eased a little of the pressure with a video for new single “Primadonna”, due for release on 16th April.

The song is the first single from new album Electra Heart, due for release April 30th. Marina “isn’t doing” UK festivals this year. BOO.

Finally, “Hey Child” might belong in the far off glow of Nashville, but Buffalo Clover are sure to soundtrack some heady days in the sun this summer. Get warmed up below.

Help Buffalo Clover cross the ocean

Don't get me wrong: having twins is a good excuse to take some time out. But I love Nashville quintet Buffalo Clover, and so it's with some relief that they're firmly back where they're supposed to be - on the road.

The band hope to visit UK shores soon, and in the run up to that much-anticipated tour, they've released a video explaining what they need you to do to make that happen. Lovely! From a personal point of view, if you promote in Bristol, Cardiff, London or Liverpool and can put them on, I'll owe you a hug. If you can put them on elsewhere then the hug may have to be virtual, but I'll be thankful none the less! All donations receive a werewolf style thumbs up.

If you're interested then email front woman Margo Price or visit their official site!


Interview: Buffalo Clover (DW is 5! Special)

This interview was originally published in Issue #10, DW is 5! Special, December 2009.

In Issue #8 DrunkenWerewolf interviewed Nashville, Tennessee singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose, and for the first time we became fully aware of the talent the city has to offer. Here Tiffany Daniels talks to Margo Price, frontwoman of the gloriously sultry Nashville band Buffalo Clover, about their varying influences, life in the USA and their UK aspirations.

First off, for the sake of everyone this side of the Atlantic, can you introduce yourselves?

Margo: Well, there are two founding members, Jeremy Ivey (who is also my husband) and myself. We met about five years ago but didn't start playing together until 2007. Last year, we met Matt Gardner here in Nashville, and he had a similar style to us. Jeremy and Matt switch between bass and electric guitar. Matt is also the one playing banjo in “Midnight Circus”. I sing, play guitar and also sometimes drums.

Buffalo Clover is an unusual name. What made you chose the name of a plant as an act?

M: It was a plant I had grown up around in Illinois. I had always heard my Grandmother say, "look at all that buffalo clover". I asked her why it was called that and she told me it was a plant that appears after the hooves of a stampede trample the ground. My father and his parents lived on a farm outside of a town called Buffalo Prairie, until it was repossessed in the early eighties, during a bad drought. Buffalo to me have always been a strong symbol of the American plains.

You’ve described yourself as Nashville’s “most eclectic band”; do you think Nashville needs to develop in order to steer away from its country stereotype? Or does the media need to appreciate the diversity that already exists within the city?

M: Nashville has developed past the stereotypes in a way, but real country music is only underground here. What Nashville puts on the radio is not country music. Real country music is about hard times, love stories and old tales that stemmed from rudimentary folk, blues and Appellation music. As far as other forms of media go, there are only two papers that cover or review music, art and film. Unfortunately, corporate publishers bought both of them out a year ago. They seem to put more attention on nationally known acts rather than local talent.

Although hints of country run throughout your music, you also incorporate gypsy, folk, blues and bluegrass roots. Did you set out to embrace such a ramshackle variety, or did the sound naturally develop? 

M: I suppose it developed along with our interests; say there’s someone out there you meet, and they interoperate music and chord changes completely differently than you do… left handed and upside down maybe. We see that and translate it into something new. You can take a little bit each time you hear good music, but you have to be open to receive it. Because of Matt's banjo style, he has brought touches of bluegrass and gypsy to the band.

In Issue #8 I asked Caitlin Rose what attracts her to country music and she responded, “country music is the endless search for the perfect song…the simplest, well-written song sung earnestly with feeling stands alone”. Do you agree? What attracts you to the scene? What doesn’t?

M: I have to agree; simple, well-written songs are the ones that really last. I do however think that there are a lot of people that seem to settle for simple and hope that singing with feeling will make the song have meaning. I think that Caitlin does a good job of interpreting country music.

The thing that attracts us to the scene is that there are tons of talented musicians to play with, lots of used record shops and great studios to record at. The Bomb Shelter is where we record (along with Caitlin and lots of other local folks) live on analogue tape. On the down side, it's hard playing to a room full of other musicians. Supportive or not, it's a tough crowd, but it really does make you push yourself to always improve.

Did you grown up around country music, or did you come to embrace it in your post-teen years? To me it’s quite a mature genre.

M: My folks listened to a lot of 60's rock and roll; my great uncle, Bob Fischer, was a country writer in the mid 50's and has lived in Nashville ever since. I found country music around the same time I found his '56 Gibson sitting in my Grandmother’s basement (I was about 19). I had just gotten into listening to Patsy Cline, Roger Miller, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash; they all influenced my writing in ways I can't even understand.

Jeremy was forbidden to listen to anything but classical and Christian music growing up.  He would sneak Beatles, Nirvana and Bob Dylan into the house, but his parents would then take the tapes into the driveway and smash them with a hammer in front of him. He also found country music through his Grandfather, Bill Farrish, who led a Texas swing band.

How did you come to embrace those other genres (folk/blues/bluegrass roots)? What musicians particularly caught your attention?

M: We all three are huge fans of early roots music. We all have a mutual love for Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Karen Dalton, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Holiday, Tom Jarrel, Odetta, Skip James, Leadbelly, Blaze Foley, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.  Also, 60's rock and roll played a huge part in our development. Bands like The Kinks, Harry Nilsson, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, The Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Credence Clearwater Revival and all those over mentioned bands that deserve to be mentioned. On the soul and Motown side of things, people like James Brown, Etta James, Wanda Jackson, Sam Cook and many more have also really influenced us.

What genre of music did your parents listen to? I was having a discussion with someone the other day about the influence parents can have on taste, and in respect of your multiplicity your opinion would be appreciated…

M: My Dad liked The Beach Boys a lot. He was always jamming music really loud in his truck on the way home from school. He doesn't like a lot of country music, especially not what's on the radio today, but he loves Johnny Cash and all that old stuff. My Mom likes everything, but she has no idea who sings what. It's pretty cute that I know more about the specifics of her era than she does!

Jeremy was never exposed to most of the albums that many of us grew up with. When he heard the White album at 18, it really blew his mind. In retrospect he is happier that it happened that way, because when he finally heard it, he didn't take it for granted.

Matt's parents listened to mostly classical music and early folk music like Burl Ives. He also got his first Leadbelly record from his father. His whole family was musical: his older sisters played piano and fiddle. They used to serenade him to sleep with guitars when he was young.

You all share vocal responsibilities, but you’ve recorded few duets. Is this something we can look forward to in the future? Have you deliberately avoided the technique?

M: There might be some on our next record. We have written several, but never recorded them.  I love groups like The Band that all sing equally.  We are still working on incorporating more harmonies and shared melodies.

Margo’s voice is particularly reminiscent of Jenny Lewis. What other contemporary acts do you take inspiration from?

M: Okay, I have to admit, I just heard Jenny Lewis for the first time yesterday. I guess we live under a rock… but the rent is cheap! I liked what I heard though, she has a great voice and she had a lot of good lyrics.  Thanks for the introduction!

As far as contemporary acts that have inspired us, the main one is an Albuquerque, New Mexico band called The Handsome Family.

Buffalo Clover released single “Midnight Circus” recently, and debut album Pearls to Swine preceded it. To date, what other records have you released? Are you intending to release anything internationally soon?

M: "Midnight Circus" was a single off the album Strong Medicine, which was released this past June. It’s for sale on iTunes, Amazon and in The Groove and at Grimey's in Nashville.

Before we released Pearls to Swine, we were called Secret Handshake and wrote mostly topical and political songs. After clearing out barrooms all over the South with our opinions set to music, we found out the name The Secret Handshake was already taken and we re-evaluated our sound and changed the name. During '07 under that name, we released two EP's: Listen and Black Flowers.

If all goes well, we will have a new LP by March to bring over seas. The working title is Stealing From Thieves.

Were you pleased with the critical reception Pearls to Swine and Strong Medicine?

M: Since we only really promoted "Midnight Circus", a lot of people haven't even heard the rest of the record, but we are receiving exceptional feedback with the song and the video. It will be shown here in Nashville next month at Kamera Sutra at The Belcourt Theater. It will also be shown on the local video TV station.

I heard you’re interested in visiting the UK for a tour. Would it be a short stop or do you want to make a thing of it? Please play Bristol! I know the city would love you.

M: We are so excited to get overseas. We plan on touring the UK for at least a month, early summer 2010. We are just starting the tedious process of booking shows. No matter what, we will do our damnedest to get to Bristol!

You extensively toured the states to promote Pearls to Swine. Did you find some states were more receptive to your music than others? There’s a real divide in taste in the UK.

M: Oh yeah, sometimes you just get put on a bill with a death metal band and you get up there with your banjos and acoustic guitars and do your best to try to entertain the room. And yes, we've won over a few drunk metal heads along the way and that's always the best part. There was a blues club outside of Los Angeles, CA in Hermosa Beach called Cafe Boogaloo; it was probably the best response we had on the trip. Austin, TX was also really cool, Wilmington, NC and Chicago, IL were among our favourite cities.

Finally, what do you personally find more important: the lyrics to a song or the instrumentation? Do your lyrics precede your music or vice versa?

M: Every song is unique when it comes to writing. Sometimes I'll have a poem and give it to Jeremy and he'll think of a melody. Sometimes, I'll have a frame and he'll put words to it. I don't know if either one is more important, but I find that we'll never keep a song if the lyrics are weak. You can't bore people with an uninteresting tune, but at the same time, if you don't have anything to say, you shouldn't say anything at all.

Introducing: Buffalo Clover

With Caitlin Rose still pounding away at our battered ear drums, Nashville has come through all shiny recently; its force certainly isn't relenting.

Describing themselves to be the city's "most eclectic band", Buffalo Clover have cemented my love and, more shockingly, made me reconsider my original stance over moving to America (never, not in a million years). If all it takes it a good kick of the dirt to uncover this kind of talent, I'd be foolish not to.

The band have a UK trip planned soon, details to be announced.

Midnight Circus from MasterMovies on Vimeo.

15 Reasons Fools Gold

Top 10 Songs about Black and Gold

Sparkles. We all love them, right?

There are few things better in life than wearing inappropriately glittery clothes, with the small but mighty exception of the colour black. Together this power couple of colours rule the roost at DW HQ, and probably will for a very long time. So when we were presented with these awesome black gold headphones from Pryma, our world was shaken to its very core. We drooled, we danced, and finally, we were inspired to compile this comprehensive yet bespoke list of songs.

You are welcome.

10// Mary Epworth - Black Doe

Launching straight into the fray with Ms Epworth's "Black Doe", a solid dirge of glorious noise if ever there was one, this track is taken from her often overlooked but still fantabulous debut solo album.

9// Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion


8// Du Blonde - Black Flag

Our outfits very often result in smeared red lipstick also, Beth. You're okay in our books.

7// Buffalo Clover - Fools Gold

Those lungs! Buffalo Clover's Margo Price is now a bona fide star on her own ground, and quite right, too.

6// Tilly & The Wall - Pot Kettle Black

An oldie, but great black song nonetheless: here Tilly & The Wall once again prove that stomping about in a piss is the best way to relay your feelings via the medium of song.

5// Dilly Dally - Next Gold

Screaming? Check. Gold reference? Check. Penchanting for wearing black t-shirts? Check.

4// Love Inks - Black Eye

Otherwise heard as, "YOU'VE GOT BLACK EYE ON YOUR EYE."

3// Bat for Lashes - All Your Gold

By now you've realised this slightly odd excuse for a playlist is actually jam packed with decent music, and Bat for Lashes is no exception.

2// The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black

There are only so many black songs you can reference before you get to this 60s hit. Plus, "Paint It Black" invokes dramatic flailing, and that's always a good thing in music.

1// The Horn the Hunt - Gold

When this song came out, we laughed until we cackled. This is the audible embodiment of the most flamboyant black and gold outfit out there, and it's all down to Leeds alt-pop pioneers The Horn the Hunt.

What Headphones are the Best for Music Lovers?

HeadphonesI’ve always loved music. Ever since I was very small, and my parents gave me a Postman Pat portable cassette player with a mini microphone. I used the device to record songs off the car radio, holding the mic to the speakers and pretending not to notice the dismal crackle that drowned out everyone from Spice Girls to Crowded House. Interludes included a chat with my cat, Sniff, and verses from my latest copy of Meg & Mog. I guess those tapes were podcast prototypes of DrunkenWerewolf, in a way.

Weirdly, this obsession with new technology (and less weirdly, Postman Pat) hasn’t transferred to later life. I play CDs on my laptop and in my car. I don’t own a cassette player anymore. I do own a vinyl player, but only because the black disc-thingy doesn’t fit in the tele-box player. Okay, fortunately I’m not quite that daft. My lack of equipment is down to practicality rather than limited experience. Technology is expensive, but a recent foray into the world of headphones has opened my eyes to how beneficial new technology can be to the average music listener.

Primarily, playing music through my laptop’s crappy speakers carries the problem of making everything I listen to sound fifty times worse than it actually is. I once tried to showcase Buffalo Clover to my Mum, but she complained it sounded like Dolly Parton screaming underwater. I continue to blame Toshiba. Through a pair of high quality on-ear headphones, the music transforms into an audible delight fit for the Gods. In-ear, over-ear and ear-bud headphones aren’t too bad either, as the music that finds a home on my MP3 player will attest.

I’ve gone through a lot of headphones, but nothing really beats my trusty pair of Sennheiser’s. It’s no wonder the brand claimed Best Seller status across the board in 2014. Sennheiser’s higher end products retail at a few hundred pounds, but in my opinion they’re more than worth the money. If you don’t have quite so much to spare you can pick up a lower end set for around 25 pounds and still benefit from the noticeable difference in quality when compared to other brands in this price range.

It’s true what they say: money makes the world go around. It also makes music sound a whole lot better and if you can afford better quality headphones why wouldn’t you? But whatever your budget, there are a huge variety of amazing headphones that will all transfer “Dolly Parton screaming underwater” into a blossoming gypsy-country ranch; you just need to know what you’re looking for. Let us know your favourite brand of headphones below!

ReverbNation: GSlide

GSlideWelcome to DrunkenWerewolf’s ReverbNation column; a place where you’ll find the fruits of our labour following out partnership with the app and social media music goliath. Here are our final results.

Taking influence from their Irish and American heritage, GSlide blend rhythm and roots, blues and country music to form their own, special brand of road-worthy material.

Now based in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, the quartet share vocal duties between Dara and Eimear Bradley, and it’s this close-knit harmonisation that brings their music to the fore. Like Buffalo Clover if they cut back on the whisky and spent some time in a log cabin, having the title of their debut album, Drink. Love. Rebellion. splattered across their chosen form of transport gives a good indication of what this band are about.

To find out more about GSlide, head over to their ReverbNation page here. You can hear lead song “Sweet Lunatic” below.