Buffalo Killers are a rock band that was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006. Shortly after, they began gigging throughout their home state and recorded a five-song demo which they sent out to various record labels. Less than a week later the band received a call from Alive Records.
“The label liked the recordings so much that they wanted to release them as they were”, according to bassist Zach Gabbard.
Alive Records subsequently signed Buffalo Killers, who recorded five more songs to round out their debut self-titled album which was released in October 2006. That album drew the attention of Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes who invited the band to open a string of dates for The Black Crowes in 2007. While on tour, Buffalo Killers wrote half of what would become the album Let it Ride.
Following the tour, the band went in to the studio with Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach who produced the album in his Akron, OH studio. The recording session took “only a few days”, according to Auerbach, who downplayed his role in making the album.
“These are the kind of guys that don’t need a lot of help when it comes to making records or sparking their imagination.” Auerbach felt his most important contribution was in capturing “the raw live sound of this band.”
After completion of the album Buffalo Killers were asked to go on tour with The Black Keys. During this tour they came upon a fan’s bootleg of their performance and they decided to include it as a bonus live CD in a limited edition vinyl pressing of the album. Another tour opening for The Black Crowes would follow in November 2008. In 2011, Buffalo Killers were featured on a Guided by Voices tribute album where they performed the track Scalding Creek with Kelley Deal of The Breeders. Other artists on that album included The Flaming Lips, Of Montreal, and Dinosaur Jr.
Buffalo Killers released their third studio album appropriately titled 3 featuring the single Circle Day. The first thousand vinyl copies were released half on blue vinyl and half on purple. They followed that record up with Dig Sow Love Grow and the six song EP Ohio Grass. In 2013, the band signed to Sun Pedal Recordings and appeared at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH with Fun, Teagan & Sara, Walk the Moon, and more. Their fifth studio album was recorded in Cleveland, OH at Crushtone Studios with producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple) and was released via Sun Pedal Recordings in 2014.