Big game players break out of the gate with a new release

Over the last five years, it seems there has been a very uplifting trend in Vancouver’s music scene with the emergence of stoner doom type bands popping out of jam rooms and onto stages everywhere. There was a time when only one or two decent bands worked within this genre. It’s always a breath of fresh air when a band comes along with a different take on it. Enter Fort Langley boys, We Hunt Buffalo. Over the last three years, they’ve graced the Commodore Ballroom’s stage nine times and recently signed with Sweden’s Fuzzorama Records, releasing their second full-length Living Ghosts on September 25th. An album poured with straight up ‘knock you to the ground rock’ plus a groovy stoner flare and a touch of psychedelia.

“We Hunt Buffalo is a metaphor for rock music. It seemed like everywhere you turned, indie rock, the DJ, and pop artists were king. [But] there weren’t a ton of bangin’ rock bands by comparison. So the buffalo is the animal that best represents rock and roll in our minds and we are choosing to play rock music,” says vocalist and guitarist Ryan Forsythe.

We Hunt Buffalo
We Hunt Buffalo

It was around five years ago that Forsythe, drummer Brandon Carter, and bassist/vocalist Brendan Simpson decided to retool their decade old band and dust off the riffs. It paid off right out of the gate, with a local radio station pronouncing WHB as a finalist for their annual seeds competition and this became a perfect springboard.

“As a local band, we just wanted our music to be heard, so we saw it as any other good opportunity. We always applied for festivals and contests going on locally,” says Forsythe. “We were pretty surprised to be seeds finalists, for sure. It did end up opening some doors for us too.” These opened doors include opening slots for Red Fang, Chevelle, Living Color, and Matt Mays.

We Hunt Buffalo are running with it as it comes. “We all agreed to start taking the band seriously about three or four years ago. You know, really make a go of it, quit the day jobs eventually kind of thinking,” he says. They’ll be touring this record with autumn Canadian dates leading into Europe. “The States will come when the time is right,” adds the guitarist.

These are exciting times to see some quality bands shooting beyond the underground. So don’t miss the boat, become the hunted and get in the game.

Living Ghosts is released September 25 on Fuzzorama Records.

By Heath Fenton

Hits and Misses

Veteran vinyl retailer back in business

Many thought that vinyl records were a thing of the past, but to Peter Genest, the owner of the new Hits and Misses Records in Vancouver, it never went away.

Hits and Misses
Hits and Misses

He is not new to the record store business, Vancouverites’ may remember his previous store in the city, Singles Going Steady. He initially opened a store in Portland in 1992, then moved to Seattle and opened a store there as well as one Vancouver. After closing those stores, he moved to Toronto and ran the original Hits and Misses there for five years. After a three year hiatus, he is back and ready to open up shop in Vancouver again.

“I opened Singles Going Steady [in Seattle] and was the owner for the 10 years of its existence. From 1997 to 2000, I had a satellite version of Singles at 17th and Main [in Vancouver],” elaborates Genest about his former endeavour in Vancouver. “I had a lot of fun in Vancouver during the time it was open. The store did pretty good, but the wear and tear on me having to back and forth and back forth each week between Seattle and Vancouver got to me and I made the sad decision to close the Main Street store. It has been pretty amazing that probably 25 people that use to shop at the Main St. store are still buying records and are now customers of the new store!!”

It is clear that record stores aren’t going the way of the video store. There are stores all over this city with different niches and specialties.

“I have always been big on stocking lots and lots of punk and metal, but you can also find such diverse stock as a The Shangri-las reissue, next to a Chocolate Watchband reissue, next to a Gorilla Biscuits reissue, next to an Anti Cimex reissue,” says Genest, explaining what people should expect at his store, “I consider my store having anything to do with rock and roll with any sort of off shoot of it from the 50s until present.”

What would Genest say to someone wanting to get into the business? “You want to own your own record store, eh? If you want never to be rich, own a car, own a house, go on vacation, [and want to] work 350 days a year and become a stress case… Then go ahead!!! It is fun to run a record store but it is definitely a labour of love and you have to have a great work ethic to keep it going. You have to be willing to sell a majority of your own record collection to start your store as well.”

Hits and Misses is located at 2629 E. Hastings St. and is open seven days a week.

By Alex Moulton


Brothers In Shred

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