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Buffalocomotive

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Tears Of The Enchanted Mainframe is an album that regresses back to the bare essentials of old fashioned hard rock, formulating a riff-driven style that primarily focuses on melodious grooves, while occasionally diverting into an intense onslaught of sound. Buffalocomotive emanate a rather familiar machismo-fueled attitude in their music, which is quite typical for a hard rock album, but when that kind of demeanor is combined with fuzzed-out guitar antics and mild stoner tendencies, it tends to bring one person to mind- a certain musician who proudly hails from the desert lands of California. At first glance, Buffalocomotive can easily be passed off as a Josh Homme tribute band, minus the drug-induced atmospheres and sexually-charged lyrics. Even the band's lead vocalist, Brahm Taylor, often sounds as if he's doing a Josh Homme impression throughout the entire album. Though as derivative as Buffalocomotive's music may sound, they manage to take the characteristics of their influences and mold it in their own fashion, adding enough of their own vitality and wit to really captivate an audience.

The album opener, "Mutha Urth", demonstrates a slowed down, yet magnified groove that is entirely magnified by bludgeoning riffs that are heavily distorted to produce a thick, yet abrasive sound. Though the music itself is indeed heavy and mildly aggressive, there is a strong emphasis on melody being deployed here, and it's primarily contrived from Brahm Taylor's singing style. His voice is very dominant and emphatic in its expression, even managing to appear so in an almost effortless fashion. A song like "Often The Orphan" really shows off his ability to confidently alternate his deliveries from a masculine falsetto, to a lower baritone range so as to thematically compliment whatever direction the music takes him. It's a very impressive feat to accomplish, no doubt about it, but it's yet another aspect in Buffalocomotive's music that is painfully reminiscent to Josh Homme's own signature persona. In fact, two of the album's highlights, "Into The Desert" and "Superusurper", though they cannot really be pointed down to just one album by Queens Of The Stone Age or Them Crooked Vulture's debut, they share this conspicuous aesthetic about them that just immediately brings those bands to mind. From referencing the mystical aura of the desert spirit, to over-indulging in fuzzy distortion and retro, psychedelic-tinged effects, it eventually comes to a point where you'll undoubtably be overwhelmed with a sense of déja vu.

In today's music scene, where individuality and innovation has become a rare quality among artists, we'll often find bands that emulate the traits of their influences getting mercilessly criticized. Even if some great music manages to flourish out of those inspirations, the lack of ingenuity becomes a major diversion for any potential enthusiast. Though to let something so facile discourage any intrigue, only denies you from experiencing something that may in fact be worthwhile. There is virtually nothing organic here about any of the clever schemes deployed in this album, but where Buffalocomotive lack in invention, they more than compensate for within their displays of energy and dexterity. Songs like "Often the Orphan" and "Mint Green" coalesce heavy bombastic riffs with a euphonic compositional flow that really helps augment the impact of their executions in a manner that is positively enthralling. Tears Of The Enchanted Mainframe is a very formidable hard rock effort that is tenaciously faithful to the genre's signature flaunts, but it does occasionally steer away from that concept to explore other styles, such as the bluesy acoustic number, "Scratch Out The Sun". I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a quality and straightforward hard rock album, because that's all you're going to find here. It may not be anything unique, but at least the music is proficient and orchestrated in an impactive fashion that fully entertains until the final second. - Sputnik Music


Well, where in the hell did this come from?

Every once in a while I get to take off my editor hat and put the proverbial pen to the paper. I had to step in when this album came across my desk. This is a great release, and I’m going to tell you why – in a second. Intros first.

Buffalocomotive, a Chicago-based trio, consists of veteran industry power players Brahm Taylor (Bass, Vox), Marc Kaducak (Guitars) and Scott Carneghi (Drums, Percussion). Individually, you’ve heard these guys in acts that have toured with Ozzfest, you’ve heard them in film soundtracks, you’ve heard them in TV intros. To borrow a phrase from the SNSPost’s Entertainment Editor, Ryan O’Malley, super-groups make great albums because they do it for the joy of making music. I think these Buffalocomotive guys get a real rush from creating this stuff and if we juxtapose that thought, that makes Buffalocomotive a super-group. …that can bite your head off, man.

Kaducak is an invincible guitarist, there’s no question about that. It doesn’t take long while spinning this album to figure out that “Kadu” can play whatever he wants. Does he have to shove it in your face? Nope. But he’s powerful and he knows exactly where to be. That’s a nice asset to have in your back pocket.

Carneghi bangs on his drums fast, hard and right on the money. Very Grohl. Very Jack White. This guy must’ve driven his parents crazy. It’s no wonder he’s shared the national stage with some big acts. That’s asset #2.

But I get the sense that Taylor is the brains behind this outfit and these two are his muscle. (Hey, hey…I’m not diminishing any roles here, just recognizin’!) Yep, I know who this guy is and I’ve followed his career. This is his signature dish, writing tunes like these and coordinating the ensuing blood bath. Brahm Taylor is one of those few-and-far-between talents with the kind of elevated mojo that you better keep an eye on. Can I say that about another man? You bet.

Tears of the Enchanted Mainframe is a masterful effort. Thirteen songs as powerful as the name of the band. Not since the likes of Sabbath have I heard anything with the kind of gusto and creative punches that can slap you in the face 13 times in a row. I’m not telling you that every song is a heavy-handed knock. These guys…these Buffalocomotive guys…know when to take it down a notch. Less is more, quieter is louder, “whatever” is the new black? Must be, because when Taylor’s being low key, he’s there on purpose and his intention is still to slap you.

There are some clear influences here. I swear I heard pieces of Zep, QOTSA, Lips, Foo, Soundgarden and Rush…but “Superusurper” as a subtle nod to War Pigs – boom, awesome. This is a song that crunches your bones. It’s big. And for me, it’s a standout and a highlight. Kaducak’s guitar screams in this piece. I have to think this is going to be a powerful live standard when they take this sucker on the road. [We'll keep you posted if we hear anything before you do.]

“One Million Man” is right before that. This song is a perfect illustration of the creative hooks & lyrics combos that infest this album. They keep you coming back, for sure, and they’ll stick in your head anyway if they don’t. This piece is an uptempo pacemaker with crunchy guitars and megaphone vocals with words that have you believing that Taylor, for 3 minutes and 35 seconds, might actually be the guy that The Most Interesting Man in the World really wants to be.

The aforementioned “down-a-notch” comes in the form of “Scratch Out the Sun.” He’s exhausted, and he’s telling you for the last time. A simple acoustic and a well executed vocal performance. Maybe the best thing about it: It’s not a dragged out, gimme-attention piece. No whining, no drama, just a few points, thank God.

Other notable highlights: Carneghi is a drumming badass on “Dot.” “Making Friends” is what vocal melodies were made for. “MedHed” is a bruiser from the get-go with Taylor’s bangin’ intro on his Ric bass. Sick stuff.

Yada yada, blah blah. I can hypothesize and try to tell you all day long what makes an album a special piece of art, but who am I other than an esteemed editor of a respected online journal with self-proclaimed superior tastes in all aspects? I mean really. But here’s what I can tell you with certainty: “Mrs. Editor-In-Chief,” with whom I share very little crossover in musical taste, found herself enjoying this album as much as I did. Universal appeal can speak volumes.

Get this record. And speaking of volume, play it loud. - SNSPost


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Buffalocomotive is a Midwestern hard rock power trio formed in the wood paneled flood stained basements of Joliet “Prison City” Illinois. The group would see several lineup changes before solidifying under the Buffalocomotive banner in 2012. Their sound is cinematic, subdued and heavy all at once, with their audience appeal being equally diverse with fans of Black Sabbath, Rush, and The Beatles finally getting acquainted.

Brahm Taylor (Vox, Bass), Marc Kaducak (Guitar) and Scott Carneghi (Drums) have garnered many accolades over their individual careers including stints with Mercury Records, Ozzfest tours, features in Musician Magazine and licensing deals with Fox Entertainment.

They’ve been applauded for their “great sound” and urged to “keep doing what you’re doing” by Alex Wharton and Geoff Pesche of Abbey Road Studios. Their rock revivalist sound has been deemed “as powerful as the name of the band” with “gusto and creative punches that can slap you in the face” (SNSPost). Sputnik Music said they "highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a quality and straightforward hard rock album" and "the music is proficient and orchestrated in an impactive fashion that fully entertains until the final second."