"Taking Control" By Go Go Buffalo (Cincinnati, OH)/Stoner Rock/Released Apr 2016
Blistering rhythms, acid rock riffs, and more energy than a room of toddlers on a sugar rush, Cincinnati’s Go Go Buffalo has quickly rose to becoming a band to watch since their formation in 2014. Their chaotic live show often includes props, wigs, dresses, and other unorthodox fashion choices with frontman Jeremy Moore’s manic stage presence leading the circus. Despite not taking themselves too seriously their music is another story; evidenced by their 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for best new artist.
The band plays a loud, heavy mix of blues and psychedelic rock. Rather than the long extended jams of a lot of psych rock however, the band keeps their compositions tight with zero filler and a large emphasis on rhythm. Tyler Moore’s heavy riffs bring alot of the band’s power and flavor. And the standout rhythm section of bassist Graham Lang and drummer Jason Drennan anchor the group’s low end charge.
The eight track “Taking Control” album is Go Go Buffalo’s first full length and starts off with a bang with the in-your-face “Poison Patrol”. A groovy, riff centered banger kept to a tight two and a half minutes and is a great example of the band’s overall sound. “Livin’ It Up” features more melodic instrumentation in its verses along with a spoken word narrative in its lyrics that eventually builds into a crescendo at song’s end. “Ticks” is the most melodic song on the album but still features Moore’s gruff, shouted vocal delivery and keeps with the album’s upbeat trend. “Last Night/Worth It” is the album’s closer and longest song. The most complex composition of the album, it goes through several different movements, sections and tempo changes and shows that the band can do plenty more than standard verse-chorus songs.
Go Go Buffalo’s bass heavy, aggressive sound is a treat for hard rock fans and their mesmerizing live show is sure to draw in many more people to their already rapidly rising fan base. “Taking Control” is a powerful first outing for the band and they’re not showing any sign of slowing down with a frequent show schedule to bring their brand of crazy to many more brave enough to take a listen.