Interview: Buffalo Paradise Chat About Their New Single, ‘Gunfight’
Sydney-based indie-rock band Buffalo Paradise have just revealed their riveting new single ‘Gunfight’ – produced by the ARIA-Nominated Greg Stace at Ralph Street Studios (Tonight Alive). We recently had a chat with the band to find out more about the new single.
Congratulations on the new release! Seems like a pretty emotional track. Can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Gunfight is a song about mental battles in an ever-changing and uncertain world. Through COVID lockdowns, we found ourselves living in a world where our profession no longer existed. We found that we were way less prepared for that than we thought we would be. The metaphor of the song is essentially about bringing a knife to a Gunfight.
The video is super fun to watch! How did you come up with the story for the video?
We always go for comedy in our music videos, no matter the vibe of the song. Gunfight is obviously a pretty serious, emotional song, so what better way to completely spoof it up by going for a classic Western-style clip. We wanted to channel our inner Clint Eastwood and put a quirky less-serious twist on it.
How did you guys start writing and performing music together?
Lachie Pringle (vocals) and Angus Armstrong (lead guitar) met playing social hockey in late 2019 and discovered similar musical inspirations. We were both in other bands at the time, but it didn’t take long to figure out there was some magic between us. Angus brought on his brother Chris on the keys who called up old school friend Rory McDougall who fit in seamlessly on the drums. Stuck without a bass player, Angus looked back on his jazz trio days and contacted Naren ‘funk-fingers’ Iyer who happened to be looking for his next project. From there, it was on!
I hear you do some fun, unique things when you perform. Can you tell us more about that?
We definitely try to make every performance a unique and exhilarating experience for the crowd. Some covers we’ve thrown into sets have included Kylie Minogue, UFO by Sneaky Sound System and Hey Jude (just the chorus). We also included a ‘Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy’ verse in our original song ‘Chazwazza’ the week after The Wiggles won the Hottest 100.
Are you performing any time soon?
We’re playing at Waywards on May 6th to celebrate the release of Gunfight, we’re bringing Zali Monroe and The Chats along for the ride. Also, very excited to be supporting Coterie on their East Coast tour at The Great Club on August 4.