By Heath Fenton
VANCOUVER — Over the last five years, it seems there has been a very uplifting trend in Vancouver’s music scene with the emergence of stoner doom type bands popping out of jam rooms and onto stages everywhere. There was a time when only one or two decent bands worked within this genre. It’s always a breath of fresh air when a band comes along with a different take on it. Enter Fort Langley boys, We Hunt Buffalo. Over the last three years, they’ve graced the Commodore Ballroom’s stage nine times and recently signed with Sweden’s Fuzzorama Records, releasing their second full-length Living Ghosts on September 25th. An album poured with straight up ‘knock you to the ground rock’ plus a groovy stoner flare and a touch of psychedelia.
“We Hunt Buffalo is a metaphor for rock music. It seemed like everywhere you turned, indie rock, the DJ, and pop artists were king. [But] there weren’t a ton of bangin’ rock bands by comparison. So the buffalo is the animal that best represents rock and roll in our minds and we are choosing to play rock music,” says vocalist and guitarist Ryan Forsythe.
It was around five years ago that Forsythe, drummer Brandon Carter, and bassist/vocalist Brendan Simpson decided to retool their decade old band and dust off the riffs. It paid off right out of the gate, with a local radio station pronouncing WHB as a finalist for their annual seeds competition and this became a perfect springboard.
“As a local band, we just wanted our music to be heard, so we saw it as any other good opportunity. We always applied for festivals and contests going on locally,” says Forsythe. “We were pretty surprised to be seeds finalists, for sure. It did end up opening some doors for us too.” These opened doors include opening slots for Red Fang, Chevelle, Living Color, and Matt Mays.
We Hunt Buffalo are running with it as it comes. “We all agreed to start taking the band seriously about three or four years ago. You know, really make a go of it, quit the day jobs eventually kind of thinking,” he says. They’ll be touring this record with autumn Canadian dates leading into Europe. “The States will come when the time is right,” adds the guitarist.
These are exciting times to see some quality bands shooting beyond the underground. So don’t miss the boat, become the hunted and get in the game.
Living Ghosts is released September 25 on Fuzzorama Records.BC, British Columbia, Living Ghosts, We Hunt Buffalo