Interview with BUFFALOCOMOTIVE Pure energy...

Buffalocomotive

RF: Who are the members in the band?
BFF: Buffalocomotive is made up of long time collaborators Brahm Taylor (vocals, bass) and Marc Kaducak (guitars) along with newcomer Jim Shea (drums, percussion).

RF: Tell us a little about the BUFFALOCOMOTIVE story
BFF: Founding members Brahm and Marc have been collaborating musically under different monikers since 1987. The duo has teamed with a number of percussionists throughout the years while garnering the Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band in the Nation accolade and licensing songs to Fox Entertainment and A&E Television Networks along the way.
In 2016 Buffalocomotive entered the studio to begin work on their second album which will mark their first joint production with drummer Jim Shea.

RF: How do you define your music and style?
BFF: We are a hard rock band. However, we don’t mind getting a little proggy here and there or dabbling in mystical lyrics while skating along a neoclassical metal edge. In the end we are a power trio shooting for that heavy and melodic sweet spot somewhere between Black Sabbath and the Beatles.

RF: I’m sure our readers would love to discover how the adventure started and why you chose the name BUFFALOCOMOTIVE.
BFF: I (Brahm) auditioned for Marc’s high school band almost 30 years ago and we’ve been collaborating ever since. In 2012 we had recorded a bunch of fresh material and decided to release it under a new name. Buffalocomotive is a portmanteau of Buffalo and Locomotive, two extremely powerful concepts, one being organic and the other being machinery, a duality that describes our approach to music quite fittingly.

RF: Has your way of working — the way the band writes music — changed much since you first started in the late eighties or are you still a loyal server of your deep vibes?
B: Our songwriting typically unfolds in the same way; I usually toil over a concept for a few weeks with pen, paper and acoustic before I feel its worthy of making a demo. Then Marc fleshes it out into something more polished and refined while adding his own signature touches to the riffs and solos. All I can add is that we once befriended a loyal server of deep dish pizza from a little hole-in-the-wall in Chicago.

RF: Anyway, you have a new drummer now. Why this decision?
BFF: Marc is actually a very capable drummer so percussion has never been the most important thing to us since we are primarily recording artists. However a good friend of mine introduced me to a drummer who was like us more into creating than gigging. With an imposing new concept album on our horizon we thought it could be both good timing and a good fit. We auditioned Jim by having him lay some tracks to a bunch of our unreleased material and ultimately decided to make the unholy trinity final.

RF: You play a raw and convincing Rock. And I must to say there’s a remarkably “unfussy” quality about this record that I really like. How was the recording process?
BFF: Well first of all thank you. We record exclusively in our own studio that we built over time deep in the bowels of Marc’s home. This gives us a lot of creative and financial freedom during the process. We are very much mic and amp guys with very little outboard FX in between. That coupled with the fact that we really don’t know what we are doing probably goes a long way in finalizing our sound. We did get our last album (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tears-enchanted-mainframe/id556698202 ) mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London which I think ads an undeniable replayability to that record. It’s pretty smooth and even, helps with ear fatigue.

RF: Our readers they are avid to discover different sounds to impact them. Why do you think you’ll be able to hit it where other artists (even famous) have failed?
BFF: Well we aren’t a very deceptive band. Rather we are fairly up front with what you will be getting from us. We openly embrace the unconventional. Our first loves are writing and recording. We really enjoy the songwriting process. It’s still one of the greatest feelings in the world to keep working with an idea and getting goosebumps when you run through a cool bridge or jam some killer interlude. To hear it slowly come together layer after layer over time until it ultimately becomes something real is quite a trip. We are addicted to that feeling.

RF: What about your lyrics? What things does BUFFALOCOMOTIVE consider in your words?
BFF: As the lyricist I (Brahm) really prefer cerebral lyrics. It’s not even that I prefer it as much as it’s the only type of song I feel comfortable writing. I have an extensive background in pen and paper role playing games, early personal computer video games and thousands of hours of monster movies, comic books and kung-fu flicks. All of these disparate elements tend to rise to the surface whenever I am songwriting. I can’t help but mentally make a song out of almost every facet of geekdom I remember or experience. Most of these ideas end up as cuts on our albums in one form or another.

RF: Your clear “rock sound” is competing with all this other new music. This kind of eclectic bands, you know. I want to say, bands who like to mix folk, pop and some kind of “hipster” tunes disguising it with a face of rock.
BFF: I know what you mean. We are in a sort of dead zone with our style of music for sure. You are either over-produced Hollywood teen rock or Swedish Death Metal. Anything in-between is either not very popular… or not really rock. This wasn’t always the case. I suppose we harken back to those times when turning a radio dial would land you on Hendrix or Zeppelin or Cash or Rush and this was what popular music was. Everyone of certain age ranges eagerly listened to these songs across the board. There wasn’t really a rock station or a country station, there was just popular music and it happened to be this kind of music, the music we look back on now and love. We reminisce and try to emulate this sort of idyllic state of rock and roll, but we also bleed and suffer for it financially and socially. Luckily we have always known that this was the state of the business – and we are OK with that. At this point in our careers we are just making art because we biologically have no other choice. We’re wired this way and it’s not in a way that involves Nashville or Disney.

RF: How can a band maintain this “honest unfussy” quality in these days of plasticized sound?
BFF: By not caring about trends and subsequently paying for rent and groceries with day gigs.

RF: What other things are really important in your life — apart from music — that help keep you motivated?
BFF: I (Brahm) am also a filmmaker and a game designer. All of these things tend to bleed right back into my music. In fact we recently scored a film I wrote and directed (http://www.guantomovie.com/soundtrack/ ).

RF: If our readers want to buy your music, where can they do it?
BFF: http://www.buffalocomotive.com/store/

RF: I think you’re starting to record your next album. When will we hear your first chords?
BFF: We are a ways out. Probably a year or so. About 6 or 7 years ago I started writing a 21 song rock opera. It’s a linear narrative that tells the story of a half-breed albino Paiute and an 8 foot tall mechanical man from the far reaches of outer space as they traverse an anachronistic ‘weird west’ in search of vampires who have taken up residency in abandoned gold mines instead of coffins. This will be the most ambitious musical project we have ever attempted but it will also be our first time collaborating with Jim which is turning out to be far more refreshing and exciting than apprehensive.

RF: Thanks BUFFALOCOMOTIVE. It was really great to talk with you. Good luck and success!

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Buffalocomotive

Hard Rock, Rock
From: Chicago, IL, USA

Label: Independent
Site: www.buffalocomotive.com

Band Members

  • Brahm Taylor – Bass, Vox
  • Marc Kaducak – Guitars
  • Jim Shea – Drums

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