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Buffalo Summer: Buffalo Summer

Effortlessly upbeat and hook-laden debut.

When it comes to penning a classically rocking tune, South Wales’s Buffalo Summer have got the formula down cold.

A little Zeppelin here, a touch of Skynyrd there and a big old helping of Free pretty much throughout – you can’t go wrong channelling the spirit of the masters, especially when it’s done with real verve and authenticity, and BS have that by the shedload.

What’s really impressive here is the hunger and conviction of the delivery. Whether it’s the soulful southern swing of Down To The River or the cheeky Jimmy Page-isms of A Horse Called Freedom, every track is attacked with attitude and nailed home with a groovy flourish.

The result is as sunny and summery as it is hard rocking. Great stuff.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.