*CANCELED* King Buffalo “Dead Star Tour 2020”
ROCHESTER, NY – King Buffalo will release their fourth EP, Dead Star, on March 20th. The widely-hailed
progressive heavy rock trio from Western New York will have preorders starting on Jan. 24 via
kingbuffalo.bigcartel.com. Preorders include an immediate download of the title track from the sixsong, 36-minute release. Extensive tour dates will follow.
Their most brazenly experimental offering to-date, Dead Star will self-release throughout North America
and see European issue via Stickman Records.
Self-recorded in late 2019 and early 2020 by guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and
drummer Scott Donaldson, Dead Star continues to push King Buffalo’s psychedelic aspects deep into the
cosmic ether, and basks in elements of ambient drone, space rock, prog, mantra-style heavy and
synthesizer soundtracking, as well as the bluesy, classic riffing and creative urgency that has
underscored their particular style since their 2013 demo and 2016 debut album, Orion. A depth of mix
comes courtesy of Grant Husselman, while Bernie Matthews mastered.
“In the early stages of Dead Star, we made the decision to make a strong commitment to
experimentation,” explains guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay. “From exploring different time signatures,
tunings and textures, to tweaking the song writing processes themselves. We’re extremely proud of
these recordings, and feel it’s some of our most ambitious work yet.”
King Buffalo’s discography includes two full-length albums, Orion (2016) and Longing to Be the Mountain
(2018), as well as three prior EPs – 2013’s Demo, a 12″ split with Le BÃ©tre in 2015, and 2018’s Repeater.
Dead Star continues the risk-taking that fueled Repeater, honoring the core dynamic of King Buffalo as a
band while boldly introducing new ideas and sides of their sound to their audience.
Recent years have found King Buffalo touring throughout North America and Europe, with highlight
festival performances, support slots and headlining shows, and they bring that experience to the
songwriting of Dead Star’s six tracks, be it the sprawling two-part leadoff “Red Star Pt. 1 & 2” or the John
Carpenter-esque instrumental “Ecliptic” ahead of the chug-and-crash-prone “Eta Carinae.” All the while
King Buffalo maintain a flow and atmosphere that has served as a hallmark of their approach.
“These six songs deviate and expand on horizons that we as King Buffalo haven’t yet reached,” says
drummer Scott Donaldson, who also handled the graphic layout of Dead Star with Ryan T. Hancock’s
striking cover art. “It’s extremely exciting to make something familiar, but unlike anything we’ve
previously done. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
Test Press – Limited to 20, hand numbered, and ship mid-February. Includes a download code of
the Deluxe version, poly bag, a signed “thank you” from the band with wax seal, an exclusive poster and
hand numbered insert.
Deluxe Edition – Limited to 250 units and pressed to 12″ Black and White Vinyl. The Deluxe Edition
includes a polybag, a hand numbered insert, and audio commentary by the band. A One-Time Only
pressing. They’ll be shipped as soon as mid-March.
Standard Edition – Limited to 750 units and pressed to 12″ Bone White Vinyl. They include a polybag and
Written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in December of 2019
& January 2020.