“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
After years as a solo performer, Chris Naish decided to create a band that could combine his autobiographic, surreal lyrics with a loose power pop garage rock sound.
Chris put out an open call for musicians in June of 2014. Mark Straub joined on drums, and Scratch Buffalo played their first show the next month. Mark and Chris clicked so well and the idea of a “loose-collective” was thrown out the window. Chris and Mark set out to find a bass player, while still playing live every chance they could as a two-piece or with fill-in players. In 2015, their trio was complete when Scott Wildeman joined the band.
In 2016, they released their first EP. The self-recorded “Wanna Know the Secret?” was featured in the Calgary Herald and Beatroute, and extensively played on college radio.
This past year saw the release of their limited-edition cassette, “Seven Minutes in Heaven.” The tape was an entirely DIY project – the band recorded it, designed and printed the artwork, and even duplicated the tapes themselves.
Scratch Buffalo continue to gig steadily and are currently working on their full-length debut.
Photos courtesy Johanna Hung Photography