Avi Buffalo, arguably Long Beach's most successful band to feature an animal in its name, is gearing up to release the new single "How Come" on Sub Pop in two weeks but interested parties can take an early listen by following this link--but beware! This is good for one short week only! (After that, your only option will be to preorder the 7" here.)
Studied Buffalo-heads will note that a slightly more intimate acoustic version of "How Come" has been up on YouTube for a couple of months now, accompanied by a tasteful, understated video. But this rejuvenated "How Come" suggests great things ahead for young Avi.
While previous single "What's In It For" displayed a heavy though not unwelcome Shins/Danielson vibe, "How Come" comes closer to Dave Fridmann-era Mercury Rev with its cavernous room echo, organ noodles and lead singer Avi Zahner-Isenberg's lovely falsetto floating above everything. Zahner-Isenberg explains on his blog that he has been taking Music 94 (Beginning Recording Techniques) at Long Beach City College and this beautiful recording is as good a recruiting tool for the school as anything. (He also writes that he is living in his tour van.)
Avi Buffalo heads out to Europe after the single is released and won't be playing live in Southern California until an August 9th performance at the Casbah in San Diego but the smooth, cool groove of this song should help make the inevitable summer heat a little more bearable until then. Tour dates and single art after the jump!
AVI BUFFALO SUMMER TOUR
Jul 03 Dijlefeesten, Mechelen, Belgium
Jul 06 Optimus Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
Jul 08 La Fleche, Paris, France
Jul 11 Thekla Social, Bristol, United Kingdom
Jul 12 Koko, London, United Kingdom
Jul 13 Bodega, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Jul 14 Brudenell Social, Leeds, United Kingdom
Jul 15 Latitude Festival, Southwold, United Kingdom
Jul 17 Tivoli (Netherlands), Utrecht, Netherlands
Jul 18 Festival de Affaire, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jul 19 Boomtown Festival @ Handelsbeurs, Ghent , Belgium
Jul 21 Paleo Festival Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland
Jul 22 Hana-Bi, Ravenna, Italy
Jul 23 Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome, Italy
Jul 27 Rock Stop , Brooklyn, NY
Jul 28 Red Palace, Washington , DC
Jul 29 Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA
Jul 31 Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
Aug 01 The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Aug 02 Bottle Tree, Birmingham, AL
Aug 04 One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
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Aug 05 Club Dada, Dallas, TX
Aug 06 Stubb's Waller Creek, Austin, TX
Aug 09 Casbah, San Diego, CA
Sep 10 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR