Wounded Buffalo Theory is an experimental post prog-rock band out of Brooklyn, NY consisting of Jay Cowit, Rob Malko, and John Blanton. The band is currently playing shows and finishing work on it's 5th studio album, in addition to searching for regional and national representation in the hopes of further taking WBT on the road to locations around the country. Long fans of free music distribution, the band constantly updates www.woundedbuffalotheory.net with new music, videos, pictures, setlists, and other info. The band can be reached for any reason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formed in 2002 by Cowit (drums/vocals), Malko (bass/vocals/keyboards), John Blanton (guitar/vocals) and Mark Wise (guitar), WBT was spawned from a collective desire to create intelligent, beautiful, raging, and diverse music in both the live setting and in the studio.
WBT's early days saw a penchant for intense live showmanship, often playing 3 hour shows with no break, not repeating setlists at any show, and offering a wide array of originals (and a few ironic covers) that made for a unique gig experience. As the band grew, more emphasis was placed on solid songwriting that would last longer in the listener's mind than the last notes of the live show. The band took its love for the composition of Neil Young, Led Zepplin, Bob Mould, The Replacements, and Pink Floyd, as well as its desire to place those sentiments inside the context of its more complex influences, such as Mogwai, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa, and combined it all into a swirling din of noise, words, and melody that would develop into a patented Buffalo sound.
The band became a trio in 2004, following the departure of Wise, and began a string of well received and exciting shows around the tri-state area, including shows at the Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge, Tobacco Road, Kennys Castways and more.
The band also became active as far as studio releases, recording its debut EP, Red, in their home studio with no assistance whatsoever, and releasing it completely independently. Red showcased individual songs in a studio setting that had been staples of the WBT catalogue, and included new sounds and diversity not heard from the band before, including acoustic tracks and the beginnings of the band's great interest in ambient music.
The band's appreciation for the works of Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Manual, and Windy and Carl paved the way for WBT's second official release, Blue, in 2005. Recorded completely live, with no overdubs, the album featured the band's instrumental side, including many strictly ambient works, as well as the band's increasing techno influences.
By this point, the band had grown slightly dismayed at the continued notion of simply not being able to play long enough at shows, so, utilizing a beautiful Andes, NY location, the band organized CabinFest, a yearly festival featuring multiple nights of WBT, plus a bevy of established bands that have become friends with Buffalo over the years. The 2008 edition (Cabinfest 5) featured over 20 acts over 3 nights, including an epic headlining set by WBT.
The band recorded and produced Green in 2007, a full length LP featuring 8 new songs that rank among the band's best work. Finally getting a chance to take their time and work within the limitless confines of their home studio, the band was able to create a cohesive and lush song cycle, a rock/pop/progressive collection that is drawn equally from the band's songwriting and instrumental prowess.
The band is currently finishing work on "It's Alright is Not Alright," the upcoming album due to be released later this fall.
Jason Cowit - drums, percussion, vocals, keyboards
Robert Malko - bass, vocals, keyboards
John Blanton - keyboards, vocals, guitar
Justin Wood - visualist
"Diplomatic Immunity" LP - 2010
"Red" EP - 2004
"Blue" EP - 2005
"Japan on the Moon" LP - 2006
"Green" LP - 2007
"El Brome" EP - 2008
"It's Alright is Not Alright" LP - 2008
"Songs that Got Us Laid" acoustic download - 2010
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D. Scott’s band is down here mingling with some awesome rockers from Brooklyn, Wounded Buffalo Theor...D. Scott’s band is down here mingling with some awesome rockers from Brooklyn, Wounded Buffalo Theory.
Wounded Buffalo Theory
These four bad boys combine alt-rock with some psychedelic progressive rock and electronica that swings from sweetness to pure metal, fringing on hardcore. Though they can growl and shout—and do, they can deliver a mainstream pop vocal, but with a distinct twinkle, because their lyrics are often personal and social satires. Wounded Buffalo Theory just released its fifth studio album and continues to offer free music downloads at their website www.woundedbuffalotheory.net They also organized CabinFest, a festival in Andes, NY, that allowed them and 20 other bands to play long sets over multiple nights, instead of the 45 minute sets usually slotted to performers. This was a festival innovation.
threemonkeysonline.com review of Sonicbids Presskit
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Without sounding too much like some B-movie drug-dealer I can confide that this is, my friends, very good shit. While music thrives on innovation, your average music-reviewer - myself included - has a tendency to grimace when, reading a press release (and yes, it's sad but true that we generally read the press release first), we stumble across the word 'experimental'. Usually rather than indicating imagination it flags a band unable to finsih a song, or in the worst case scenarios those that can't use a guitar tuner! We can forgive Wounded Buffalo Theory (what a great name!) for using the terms 'eclectic' and 'experimental' because in this case they're simply true.
Working from a decidedly heavy rock template, the band play around with everything. The key to it all though is capacity - there are those bands that are 'experimental' because they don't have the dexterity or skill to play it straight, just as there are plenty of bands that keep it straight because they have no imagination. You can hear from the outset with Wounded Buffalo Theory that they play the way they do out of intention, not through limitations (not that limitations are such a bad thing - think of the sex pistols or nirvana).
Atlas dropped the planets had me from the title, and thankfully the song lived up perfectly to my expectations. Complex, and rythmic, its opening sounds not a million miles away from Biffy Clyro (a damn good thing) or a band of their ilk - something fairly astonishing given that we're talking about an independent unsigned band.
Guttenburg I despite its haunting and anachronistic vocal chant at the start, is one of the most 'standard' songs on display, but it makes up for it by its momentum and the way the vocals and instruments fire off each other. For the most part playing off an upbeat funky groove, it smashes half-way through into a guitar/bass riff that would make Iron Maiden proud, and just to be clear that is a compliment - strip away the pantomime image and operatic shenanigans from Maiden and you have some serious musicianship.
Bottom of the world ignores all the rules, and works on its own merits. It takes an age to start up, gentle sounds setting the stage before launching into a beautiful and melodic tune. Bands that rock hard often find it hard to shift down a gear, but for these guys it seems completely natural and organic. Just as organic is the shift upwards that lifts the song towards the end into a furious end. Brilliant.
Changing into another gear the band find an electronic tinged menace in Invisible Man which works primarily off the various vocals (the band is made up of a number of singers and multi-instrumenatlists). This is a slow burner that wrings out every last drop of atmosphere in a charged setting.
This is an extremely impressive collection of songs from a band that seem to take D.I.Y to new levels, having organised their own annual festival Cabinfest (allowing them to play sets of up to three hours and more!), recorded and released various e.p's and albums off their own bat. I'm delighted to have stumbled across them - you should too.
Wildy's World Review of El Brome (2008)
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Wounded Buffalo Theory – El Brome 2008, Wounded Buffalo Theory Wounded Buffalo Theory is an expe...Wounded Buffalo Theory – El Brome
2008, Wounded Buffalo Theory
Wounded Buffalo Theory is an experimental rock band from Brooklyn, NY. Using big guitar sounds, jam band tendencies and quirky pop hooks, Wounded Buffalo Theory crafts a sound that is unique and wonderfully ambiguous. Their latest EP, El Brome (to be released in the near future), captures an underlying pop sensibility that would seem to run at odds to their jam band/guitar rock sound.
El Brome opens with Neckface, a progressive rock monster with big guitar work and heavy solos. The six-and-a-half minute jam moves through Malmsteem style rock progressions with a care and ease that can only be captured live. Wounded Buffalo Theory is mostly together here, although the seams do get a little dicey at times. Bodies has a very relaxed, fuzzy opening that turns into a pop-centric Prog tune. Didn’t Go Outside has a heavy garage sound full of fuzz and buzz with a great pop theme running through it. This song is almost radio ready and a top-notch producer would have a field day turning this rough cut into a diamond. The Under Over (live at Southpaw) is 7 ½ minutes of pure progressive jam with some Pink Floyd ambience thrown in for good measure. The Pledge (live at Southpaw) shows that finicky, pop-centric streak that runs through Wounded Buffalo Theory’s progressive, jam-band tendencies. Coming in at over eleven minutes, The Pledge does become derivative after a bit, but the basic core of the song is pop gold.
Wounded Buffalo Theory are diamonds in the rough. The potential here is staggering: Buried deep inside the muddle harry crossbreed of Prog and jam band styles beats the heart of a slick pop outfit. El Brome is a great introduction to both sides of the band (often simultaneously). If Wounded Buffalo Theory ever manages to truly harness that pop sensibility and melodic talent they possess they might just rule popular music. Until then they’re a pretty affecting listen. El Brome is very much worth your time.
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Wounded Buffalo Theory at www.woundedbuffalotheory.net or www.myspace.com.wbt. El Brome is not yet available, and I could not locate a release date on any of their web outlets. I would recommend interested readers contact Wounded Buffalo Theory through their MySpace page for more info.
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Review of Green
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While the influence of bands such as King Crimson, Tool and the Disco Biscuits are evident in the mu...While the influence of bands such as King Crimson, Tool and the Disco Biscuits are evident in the music of The Wounded Buffalo Theory, the Brooklyn trio has managed to produce an album that is as refreshingly unique as it is intriguing. Green, the bandâ€™s third release, showcases the experimental approach that has come to characterize founding members Jay Cowit (drums/vocals), Rob Malko (bass/keyboards/vocals) and John Blanton (guitar/vocals) since the bandâ€™s inception in 2002. From the industrial sounds of â€œWhite Liesâ€ to the airy feel of â€œStationâ€ to the danceable rhythm of â€œElements,â€ the band has crafted an album that befittingly shifts tempos from one track to the next much to the delight of the listener. â€œRevolution Mineâ€ is among the albumâ€™s most inviting songs, with its bouncy beats and catchy refrain. â€œRodeoâ€ stands out for the driving bass and drum lines, layered background harmonies and overdubbed guitar solos. Yet Greenâ€™s musical accomplishments may also lead to its commercial struggle. It strikes out with heavy ambient noise and innovative electronic sounds that have you repeatedly pressing rewind for a closer listen. Itâ€™s not an album for the meek. And itâ€™s certainly not your passive background soundtrack. Wounded Buffalo Theoryâ€™s final release with the original three members is its most complete and cohesive body of work. (Blanton amicably parted ways with the band in 2007.) It expands on the impressive songwriting that first emerged on the album Red and offers a more refined recording than the bandâ€™s live album, Blue. It will be interesting to see where the latest incarnation of the band takes its loyal audience.
ASBPKmusic.com Review of It's Alright is Not Alright
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STUFF WE LIKE: WOUNDED BUFFALO THEORY Friday, November 20th, 2009 sup guys, just found out ab...STUFF WE LIKE: WOUNDED BUFFALO THEORY
Friday, November 20th, 2009
just found out about this local band in the NY/NJ area called “Wounded Buffalo Theory”….and they are definitely a hidden gem in the mess of shitty local music.
Wounded Buffalo Theory
we wanted to give them a shout here, and make sure you guys give them a listen because they are really doing some awesome things musically. interesting mix of progressive rock, indie and pop…addicting guitar riffs and vocal melodies….its magic!
literally just hit up their website and start listening. their music player is at the bottom right of their page: Click Here
they also have some free live show downloads and you can buy all their albums through their website. do it! they are cool and junk.
prefered set time: 1-3 hours, no setbreak needed.
Sets vary from night to night.
Band has over 100 original songs. Set is mostly original, with occasional covers including Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Battles, Metallica, MGMT, Pink Floyd, Ween, Stevie Wonder, and more.
"Atlas Dropped the Planets"
"McGuirk's Last Chicken Bull"
There are no upcoming dates at this time.