Even the rainy weather couldnít keep me at home last night. After a very busy November and the holiday weekend, it was much-needed return to the live circuit last night as I was finally able to see Buffseeds live. I have been in love with this band ever since obtaining their first single, ìCasinoî over a year ago but their dates had never aligned with my schedule. I feared I wouldnít be able to see them before I went back to the States at Christmas, but like magic, a London show was added and I had my wish. My trek through the rain was not to be in vain.
As some of you may know, Buffseeds played in NYC during the CMJ Music Marathon this year. The quartet from Devon dropped their debut album, The Picture Show, in the UK in March, but the States will have to wait until next year to fully discover their soaring pop glory. The packed Arts CafÈ was electric with anticipation as the band hit the stage and kicked straight into the brilliant ìCasino,î only stopping to dedicate the song to the mysteriously deceased UK weapons inspector Dr. David Kelley. The entire front chunk of fans sang along with every song, and sometimes were so loud as to elicit a smile from golden throated frontman Kieran Scragg. Next up was the lead track to the Sparkle Me EP, which will have to tide over people in the States until their full length is properly released. Scragg, who is vocally reminiscent of Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss if he were suddenly taken over by an angel, led his four-piece through the majority of their album with aplomb. The edgy ìRiot,î prior single ìWho Stole The Weekend,î and the rifftastic ìOcean Blueî seemed to get the warmest response, but this was a homer crowd and end of each song was met with rapturous, well-deserved applause. If you have a soft spot in your heart for Geneva, Mew, Motorhomes, Puressence or any other of the wondrously-vocalled atmospheric guitar acts, I strongly recommend tracking the Buffseeds down immediately. Thanks to Darrin, Julie, and ex-Mambo Taxi guitarist Delia at Fantastic Plastic for their hospitality.