Reviewed by: Brian Roser
Mick Jagger is gone. He learned to sing with an American accent, hid his lips with facial hair and started a band called Buffalo Killers. This is the only logical explanation that this kind of rock and roll could come out of Ohio. Heavy Reverie is the 5th album from this Cincinnati-based band and it does not disappoint. So many bands today want to improve on the formula. Yeah, their music is like rock, but with dance/pop, or electronic hip-hop, or ambient animal noises added into the mix. Buffalo Killers is 100% pure, dyed in the wool, old school rock and roll. Heavy Reverie is not about gimmicks, it’s just power chords and lots of heart. To put it simply: they rock.
The band is led by the Gabbard brothers, Zachary and Andrew, with Joseph Sebaali on drums. They recently added Sven Kahns to play his lap steel, which sounds rude, but is totally a thing. I looked it up.
It’s true that I sometimes had trouble understanding his lyrics. For example, I wondered why a man with such an unabashed beard would sing “Every single day I shave,” until I realized that it was ‘shake’ not ‘shave’. This isn’t such a bad thing, because, let’s face it, The Rolling Stones were not known for their diction either.
Back in 2007, only a year after the band started, they were opening for the Black Crowes. Now, in just a few short days, they will go on a tour of their own. It doesn’t look like they will make it out to the East Coast, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be singing along.