July 6th , Buffalo Tom return after a nine-year absence
of recorded material with their much anticipated seventh studio effort
Three Easy Pieces. The album is the first release
from Danny Goldberg’s newly formed Ammal Records, an imprint
through New West Records.
Goldberg says, “Buffalo Tom has long been one of my favorite
bands. I’m so happy that this brilliant new collection will
be the first release on Ammal.”
Buffalo Tom are original members Bill Janovitz
(guitar, vocals), Chris Colbourn (bass, vocals) and Tom Maginnis (drums).
Recorded and produced by the band in their hometown of Boston, Three
Easy Pieces marks a celebratory return to form. The album
is 13 original guitar-driven pop songs and includes the infectious
opening track “Bad Phone Call” and standouts
“Pendleton” and “You’ll
Never Catch Him”. Colbourn says, “We didn't
talk a lot in rehearsals writing Three Easy Pieces—we just watched
each other and improvised chords, lyrics and jokes. That’s something
we learned to do after playing together for 20 years.”
Formed in 1986 in Boston at the University of Massachusetts, Buffalo
Tom gained a following among the burgeoning local scene.
In 1989, they released their eponymous debut on SST Records and went
on to release four albums for Beggars Banquet including their break-through
Let Me Come Over (1992), which features the power
ballad and fan favorite “Taillights Fade.”
In 2000 they released the compilation Asides from Buffalo Tom, followed
by its companion piece Besides: A Collection of B-Sides and
Rarities in 2002. Since the release of Buffalo Tom’s
last album of new material, Smitten (1998), the band
has continued to play shows. After a brief hiatus, they began writing
and recording again in 2003. A national tour in support of Three
Easy Pieces will be announced shortly.