Genre: Super-Catchy Rock
I’ll start this review by saying that this is one my favorite EPs I’ve heard from a Kentucky band in a good bit. Based out of Bowling Green, this group has a sound that lives up to a name like “Buffalo Rodeo” – it’s big, energetic, and just as fun as I’d guess that particular event would be. Not only is the recording fidelity great on this record, thanks in part to Greyskull Recordings, but the songs themselves – particularly the choruses – are fetching, to say the least. The pairing of the male/female vocals of lead singer Zach Preston and synthesizerist Jordan Reynolds makes for a great mix, and the addition of a higher vocal range from Reynolds is often what pushes the songs to the next level of intensity. Like Heavy Chase (who I think were also recorded at Greyskull, and are fellow members of the Bowling Green area,) this band knows how and when to throw their backs into their songs. On this release, Buffalo Rodeo has a way of just flowing from verse to chorus and back again in a way that they don’t have to tell you “Okay, we’re going to the chorus now,” but when they’ve made it there, you definitely know. So, upon some of the arrival points – especially the final choruses of songs like “Compass” and “Holly” – the band has accumulated several tracks of vocals, guitars, keyboards, and drums into something that sounds pretty huge and experienced. If you’re wanting an EP that gives you just under a half hour of music that doesn’t hold much back, look no further – these guys have got their foot on the gas for the duration.
Tracks I Recommend: (Really, all of them, but here’s my breakdown) Treehouse!!!, Compass!!!, Remington!, Holly!!, The Child in Me!, My Window!!
– Ben Southworth