Keeping up with our series of premieres, we are joining forces with Flying Buffaloes for the release of their new single “Up Here I’m Found,” a deeply intimate and soulful track reflecting the capacity of the band’s songwriters. The band sees this track as one their more emotionally vulnerable tracks on the record.
Flying Buffaloes is a 4-piece Alt-Country/Rock band based out of East Nashville, TN. In 2018 the band took their high-energy show on the road, playing at festivals, headlining a Midwest tour, performing in Hawaii, and completing a tour in Texas opening for acclaimed Red Dirt Country artist, Wade Bowen. Their EP, Taking Off, received regional mainstream country and rock radio airplay, and the band’s debut single and 360° music video, Hey 😉 Is For Horses, garnered praise on Huffington Post. Flying Buffaloes’ biggest achievement to date, is their forthcoming LP, Loaded & Rollin’.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Up Here I’m Found”?
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Barry Stone, who wrote the song, was inspired by author and neuroscientist Sam Harris’ book, Waking Up. The book explores spirituality, the self, and meditation, among other topics. It helped Stone cope with the stress of our daily grind.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We hired our good friend, Steve Zywica, to produce and shoot the video. It was a several day process and a really fun experience. We had the opportunity to act, which was a new experience for us as a band. Barry dove into his on-camera roll so much so that he injured his knee, and though he’s still recovering, we think what Steve achieved in the video made it all worth it.
The single comes off your new album Loaded & Rollin’ – what’s the story behind the title?
“Travel” is one of the major themes of our band and our songwriting. We chose the title of the album based on the title track and we like the ambiguity of the terms “loaded” and “rollin’” as they apply to the “travel” theme and the rock & roll lifestyle.
How was the recording and writing process?
Loaded & Rollin’ took 2 years to complete. It began as an EP—the follow-up to our first release, Taking Off. As we dug deeper into writing, recording, and arranging, all of us were involved in the artistic production of the music, and we realized we needed a full album to express ourselves completely. We lost a band member in the process, but it made the four of us stronger and more connected.
What was it like to work with Jeremy Ferguson and how did that relationship develop?
Jeremy is a sweetheart. Danny first met him while recording with another band and suggested we check out Jeremy’s studio, as we planned to record Loaded & Rollin’ to tape. We really dug Jeremy’s vibe and his space, so it seemed like a no-brainer to record with him in East Nashville, where we all lived. We had a blast working with Jeremy. He’s the most chill engineer and producer we’ve worked with, and he’s got a great way of subtly getting the best out of us.
How much did he get to influence the album?
We approached Jeremy to produce the album in addition to engineering and mixing. His style is very hands-off. He let us do what we wanted to do, and when it came time to make a decision or give feedback, he was always there to steer us in the right direction and put the finishing touches on things.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Nashville has had a huge influence on our music. It’s impossible to escape country music in Nashville, so it inevitably seeped into our overall sound. East Nashville is the neighborhood in which we all met and lived, and the camaraderie and inclusivity here is undeniable. That’s something that’s been a cornerstone in our music too, along with the Rock & Roll attitude of the east side.
What was it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?
The 70s were such a magical era in the development of modern music. It was the pinnacle of genre-based American music, as different styles were just beginning to percolate and come together. In today’s music, lines are more blurred between styles and genres. We have four more decades of music inspiration to draw from than our heroes of the 70s did. Music, social movements, and drug culture all go hand-in-hand, and there’s a stark similarity between the 70s and what’s going on today socially and artistically.
What aspect of this decade did you get to explore on this record?
We explored the recording style of the 70s, as we tracked to tape. The sound and arrangements of our album harken back to Classic Rock bands like the Allman Brothers and the Eagles, but there’s also a psychedelic aspect to several of the songs.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We draw inspiration from our personal experiences. Every song is different, but each of them is truthful and inspired by our lives. Johan’s difficulty emigrating to the states, love, friendship, and heartbreak, are all central themes of our songs so far.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re actually on the road now in the middle of our summer tour. We’ll be hanging in Nashville for our album release on Aug. 16th, and then we’ll get back on the road in the fall.
What else is happening next in Flying Buffaloes’ world?
Johan’s wife is due to have their first child in August. Their baby girl will be the first Flying Buffaloes baby, so we’re all really excited.