Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Every Friday we deliver a song by a local artist. Today’s selection, featured during our Summer Fundraising Drive, is “All of Them” by Roaming Herds of Buffalo from the 2012 self-released, self-titled debut.
Roaming Herds of Buffalo is a new project started by Seattle’s Scott Roots, also of Skeletons with Flesh on Them, who enlisted other Skeleton Neal Flaherty along with William Cremin of the Torn ACLs and Jared Fiechtner of Stencil to help realize his vision. But where Skeletons can tend toward frenetic noise rock, Roaming Herds of Buffalo, as you’ll hear from today’s featured song, favors a lighter, catchier, janglier pop. “All of Them” opens with buzzing guitar and earnest vocals, which soon concede to the song’s bright, melodic piano riff. From there on out, the band adds driving snare drums, soaring gang vocals and rhythmic hand-claps one by one to create a fully-formed, beautiful song. However, taking a prompt from the time-tested formula of lyrical and musical dichotomy, the music belies the dark lyrical content, filled with clever laments like “We swim in pools of leaking batteries/New world shaped by old diaries” and “Closer now, to the drowning sun/Than we ever were to the hotter one.” It’s a classic page from the indie-rock playbook that never fails, and combined with Roaming Herds of Buffalo’s encompassing arrangements,”All of Them” is a terrific introduction to a fresh local face.
After playing their first gig in March, Roaming Herds of Buffalo are quickly picking up steam in the locally. You can catch the band at their next gig at the Skylark in West Seattle on June 15th. Keep an eye on their website for any new dates and grab the entire 8-song album for free on their Bandcamp page. Right now, though, check out the Ian Knippel-directed music video for “All of Them” here: