“The Scratch Buffalo attitude to making the grinding, fuzzy, scuzzy, retro ’70s street rock they do is so gloriously refreshing.”– The Calgary Herald
“[Scratch Buffalo] will have your head nodding along with their bashing guitar, smashing cymbals, dashing solos, and Naish’s impassioned vocal stylings.” – Beatroute
“[Scratch Buffalo] will have you singing along in no time, not to mention dancing around your room.”– Canadian Beats
Scratch Buffalo is an indie rock ’n’ roll trio that plays lean, loose, blues-heavy rock ‘n’ roll. Founded by Chris Naish in 2014, Scratch Buffalo’s sound is often compared to The White Stripes and The Stooges.
Chris began his career as a solo singer-songwriter. He released his first EP, “Dog in Bombay,” in 2006. Beatroute selected the album as one of Calgary’s finest that year. Radio and press features soon followed, leading the Calgary Herald to dub Chris a “lo-fi success.”
2008 and 2011 saw the release of two more EP’s : “Never Stop” and “Light a Cigarette.” These lead to a licensing deal, press mentions, and several five-star reviews. Chris’ music is played on TV internationally, including on MTV, CMT, HGTV, and the CW.
In 2014, Chris began performing under the name “Scratch Buffalo.” The name reflected his desire to move from a solo approach to band-oriented approach. Throughout 2014, Chris posted a new song each week, and began performing those songs live with local musicians. Scratch Buffalo grew from this loose collective to its now-steady lineup with Scott Wildeman on bass and Mark Straub on drums.
Together, they’ve performed around Calgary at venues including Broken City, Flames Central, the Palomino, and their beloved Vern’s. 2016 saw the release of their debut EP “Wanna Know the Secret?” and a single, “Girls in the Back Row,” recorded live at CJSW.
Scratch Buffalo recently released their second EP, “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” in June of 2017 and is currently booking their first western Canadian tour.