The Hype: Avi Buffalo was Long Beach's best kept secret for a short time until record labels came knocking. Signed to indie stalwart Sub Pop records, Avi Buffalo celebrated the release of their debut self-titled album with a packed performance at their neighborhood record store, Fingerprints Records. It seems that the word is finally getting out about Avi Buffalo.
Zahner-Isenberg and his bandmates as they waved to friends while setting
up their equipment. Avi Buffalo just finished a tour with
Japandroids and are gearing up for a brief tour of Europe, including a
coveted slot at All Tomorrow's Parties music festival.
stage at Fingerprints Records could barely hold the band and all their
gear as Zahner-Isenberg plucked out the watery notes of “Coaxed” on his
Fender Stratocaster. Accompanied by a saxophone player, the song soon
crossed over into the psychedelic with a swirly ending. Touching upon
elements of Modest Mouse and the Shins but still uniquely carving out
their own sound, the oblique guitar harmonics float in and out of your
conscience during “Truth Sets In”.
lyrics of “Jessica” mesh perfectly with the floating keyboards by
Rebecca Coleman and shuffling beats of Sheridan Riley. A descending
staircase guitar riff of “Five Little Sluts” gave way to
Zahner-Isenberg's aching vocals with the song unraveling at the seams
but still managing to retain its structure. “What's It In For” maybe the
most straightforward song on their album but still retains the distinct
Avi Buffalo musical slant.
accidently said “Amoeba” which received lighthearted boos from the
fiercely loyal Fingerprints crowd. Coleman jokingly asked the crowd if
anyone remembered the last time they played “Remember The Last Time” as
it has been their set closer for a few years. The band stuck around to
conduct their first autograph signing for the fans. In case you missed the show, Avi Buffalo will be stopping by the Troubadour this
Crowd: While it was evident most of the band's family and friends
made it to the show, the line to get into the store still wrapped around
is playing here on May 3rd?” was enthusiastically exclaimed by
Zahner-Isenberg after being announced as the next in-store for