From what I can tell, tonight will be the final time that any of us will get to see Manchester’s It’s a Buffalo play live, which is a shame. Judging by some videos they’ve posted online and their general updates through myspace, it seems as though the band are going there seperate ways and tonight will be there swansong, which makes me quite sad and not just because I will never get to see them play live (the gig might be sold out and I am poor).
The Manchester music scene, from my experience of it, seems to consist predominantly of one type of band – something that I would could ‘genre friend’s lazy guitar band’, where most of the band’s skill comes from a few Oasis songs they learnt from a book and most of the audience comes from people they’ve bribed along. Of course, this has a lot to do with the huge shadow that ‘local lads done good’ The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays and, of course, Oasis (amongst others) have cast upon the town. any band wanting to get anywhere have to deal with the inevitable comparisons with the swaggering indie best-sellers that have gone before them.
What made It’s a Buffalo different was more than their excellent name – it was the fact that they weren’t scared to go against the general ‘lad rock’ sound that bands in the area feel the need to gravitate toward. Somewhere in Range doesn’t try to be anthemic, it feels bouncy and exciting, exactly the qualities you’d hope to find in a new band. Their debut Don’t be Scared sounds like it was fun to make – all angular guitars and catchy riffs, but for whatever reason it seems like it’s all you’re going to hear from them.