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Bite the buffalo: the meaning behind the melody

Bite the buffalo: the meaning behind the melody

“Keys To Your Coffin” is driven by is heavy riffs and pounding drums, the whole sound reminiscent of greats like Queens Of The Stone Age and Led Zeppelin but maintaining its own unique hook all the while. To find out more about the song and how it came together, we caught up with the guys from Bite The Buffalo.

blu: What can you tell us about this song? How would you describe it?

Bite The Buffalo: It’s the opening track to our new record ‘Big Blind’. It’s raw as a chainsaw, hip as a whip and loose as a goose.

How did this song first come together?

We simply needed another song for the album and the mics were still rolling from the previous track. We messed around to figure out a rough structure then we did the two instrument live recording in, cue applause, one take. You can hear the “haw ha” and “oh” coming through the room mic before we did the take.

Has the song changed much since you first wrote it?

It changes a little when we do it live; it has a longer break down which lends itself to a Freddie Mercury moment if the audience has had as many a beverage as we.

Was this a particularly challenging song to get completely perfect?

Not really, we strive for imperfect which suits us perfectly.

Which emotions did you draw from to write this song?

It’s a good time tune with a dark time theme, so that emotion varies.

Is there any particular meaning behind this song?

It’s about a couple of crazies on a joy ride. Vrrrrm!

How do you channel this into the live performances of this song?

It either opens the set or is second to last, so it gets played differently every time. The energy or the tempo either pumps the whole way through or breaks down like James Brown in the middle 8.

With this mind, can you tell us what’s it like to play this song live?

“I got blisters on me fingers!”


What was the reaction like when you played it live for the first time?

No one had heard any version of the song before…and we played it like balls. The reaction was: “Eh? Play ‘I Get Down And Around’ and ‘Free Bird’!”. It’s fast gaining “Free Bird” status now though.

“Keys to Your Coffin” kicks off your latest album – “Big Blind”. Was there any particular reason you chose to have this song first?

Just a lot of Miti Boom Boom, always a good way to kick off any record.

What was the experience of putting together your second album like?

Very new. We recorded live as a duo, then picked up other instruments to make it a full band sound and along with Chris Ellul (The Heavy) we experimented with more toys in the studio. We always try and make each recording experience different, to always be naive to it all. Naivety can be good – you make your own rules when no one knows the rules.