Southern soul, rock and roll sextet, Buffalo Clover will be releasing their sophomore album, Test Your Love on August 12th alongside Live At The Five — the first live album ever recorded at the Nashville venue and the band’s stomping ground, The Five Spot. Test Your Love was recorded in the band’s hometown at “the analog wonderland,” The Bomb Shelter (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) — where they laid down twelve original tracks to two-inch tape. Buffalo Clover was joined in the studio by Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) who provided background vocals on ‘Misery’ and The Nashville Horns – a trio of brass players who also lent their skills to a few tracks on the album.
Live at the Five is comprised of primarily previously unreleased material consisting of “road songs” — written in hotel rooms and in between shows while the band was on tour. Not only can Live at the Five boast that it is the first live album recorded at the venue, it was all recorded on an eight-channel half-inch tape machine. As lead singer Margo Price puts it, there are “no overdubs, no effects, no tricks. A lot of people say we are better live than recorded, I don’t know that it’s better, but it’s better in a different way. The whole night was magical. I joked the next day that it felt like my wedding. “
Founded by married couple and primary songwriters, Margo Price and Jeremy Ivey, Buffalo Clover released their first album, Low Down Time in 2011. While recording Low Down Time in 2010, Price and Ivey discovered that they were pregnant with twin boys. Needless to say, the couple was ecstatic preparing for the birth of their children alongside their first album. However, they soon found out that one of the twins possessed an extremely rare heart condition, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, leaving him with just half a heart. The boys were born just before July 4th, 2010 and, tragically, their son Ezra passed away a short week later.
In the aftermath of losing one of their sons and in the midst of caring for a newborn all while dealing with their grief and anger, the band went on an unplanned hiatus. As Price expresses, “We didn’t write about it at all, not for at least a year. We were so angry and self-destructive. Music was the only thing that was a powerful enough a distraction, so singing about it wasn’t something that was easy. Eventually it started creeping up in songs, but often our language comes out a little abstract at times. I would say ‘Hey Child’ and ‘Misery’ fromTest Your Love are vaguely about the experience, but ‘Don’t Fade Away’ and ‘Sparrow’ from the live album are more direct.”
And so, after a period of self-destruction and healing, the band began to write again and find their way back to what they loved most: performing and recording. “I just think that if you’re going to stand up and sing in front of people, you should have something to say, something to give back, or at least something that people can relate to. Life is not all roses,” explains Price.
In addition to Margo Price’s honey-drenched-lead-vocal-front-woman prowess and Jeremy Ivey’s soulful guitar playing, Buffalo Clover is rounded out by lead guitarist Matt Gardner and the vintage key stylings of Amaia Agrirre and her husband, the groovy, melodic bassist, Jason White.
In the past few years, Buffalo Clover has relentlessly toured in North America, made a jaunt to Europe last fall and has shared the stage with The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Wild Feathers, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and legendary sax player Bobby Keys as well as making an appearance on indie rock tastemaker podcast, Daytrotter.
Following the release of Test Your Love and Live at The Five, Buffalo Cloverplans to continue to tour nationally throughout 2014.
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