Scratch Buffalo is a garage rock ’n’ roll duo from Calgary, Alberta. They’ve been making what the Calgary Herald called “grinding, fuzzy, scuzzy, retro ’70s street rock” since 2014.
Chris Naish and Mark Straub have spent their lives dedicated to music, working two-dozen odd jobs between them to fund the obsession. Flipping burgers, selling hot tubs, and cleaning up roadkill – all worth it to keep the music going.
Chris (guitars, vocals, songwriting) toured India and England fresh out of high school. Once home, he launched a solo career that lead to more than a million people hearing his music. His song “Sleep When You’re Dead” landed on shows on the CW, MTV, HGTV and other stations.
Meanwhile, Mark (drums) was touring in bands and putting together enough musical equipment to start his own music store.
After running into each other at local shows, Chris invited Mark to join the loose collective he was calling “Scratch Buffalo.” The collective solidified into a trio, and released EP’s in both 2016 and 2017.
Beginning with those EP’s, Mark has recorded every Scratch Buffalo release. This, along with his extensive guitar pedal knowledge, has shaped the sound of Scratch Buffalo.
In 2018, they released their debut LP, produced by The Thermals’ Hutch Harris. The self-titled album premiered on Exclaim! and reached the top twenty on six campus radio stations and the Earshot National top 200.
After touring that album, the trio became a duo. Undeterred, Chris and Mark re-worked their sound and gig-tested it. They focussedon the wild, heavy vibe that got their audience moving. The result: “Strawberry Soda,” their latest LP.
Fuzzed-out, loud, and fun “Strawberry Soda” is a testament to the band’s years spent gigging, recording and songwriting as much as it is to Mark’s recording. Mastered by Gus Elg (Ty Segall, King Tuff), these songs are absolute monsters whether listened to on a streaming service, cassette, CD, or “strawberry pink” vinyl.
Photos courtesy Andrew Riches