It’s been seven years, seven long years, since The Electric Buffalo escaped the butcher (Hidin’ from the butcher, 2009) brandishing their arsenal of southern rock, rock n roll and Americana. Back then this trio of talented, seasoned players rocked listeners and audiences with an awesome collection of songs.
Keeping’ it warm, edited by Boomerang Discos, is the long awaited return of the Asturian band made up of Álvaro Bárcena (guitar and voice), Alejandro Espina (bass) and Wilón deCalle (drums). These are eight songs have the ingredients of real classics. The band’s influences include greats such as Warren Haynes and his Gov’t Mule, Neil Young, Little Feat and the Allman Brothers alongside contemporary artists such as Derek Trucks (and Susan Tedeschi) or Blackberry Smoke. The trio sticks firmly to the highways and byways of rock, but also includes ideas and inspiration from decades of popular music. The result is a sound which is very much their own; magnetic and mesmerizing, the perfect blend of subtlety, emotion, tradition, energy and modernity.
The Electric Buffalo are back with the confidence of a band that has nothing to prove. The experience and talent of its members are beyond the fads and superficiality of much of the music world, bowling us over with their presence and the quality of their songs. These are the type of people that command respect and the type of group to which people can only listen with admiration.
Songs like Reasons, Wide Screen or the undeniable anthem Hotel Bar, make Keepin’ it warm an album full of big stories with heavy themes such as solitary hearts, the angry melancholy of the proud loser, and a vision of a collapsing world. This is also, of course, a story of salvation though rock n roll. The album aims at creating an eternal sound, the infallible mix of power, authenticity and sweet nostalgia. This is reflected in the title: keeping warm not only the heart and passion of the band, but also the blood of those who listen to them.
It’s true, the earth shakes and a thick cloud of dust is slowly approaching from the horizon. The high tension cables crash down as your heart beats faster. The electric buffalo is back and the only thing you can do, the only way to face the situation is stand up and let the stampede trample all over you.
released March 25, 2016
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