OCTOBER 31st 2018

WE HUNT BUFFALO EXCLUSIVE


Welcome to Metal Titans, Guardians of Music Entertainment, Worldwide. We got an opportunity to do a written interview with Ryan Forsythe of WE HUNT BUFFALO. A relatively newer band to the music scene, forming in 2010 out of Vancouver,BC. They have released a new record titled "Head Smashed In". Check out more about these guys in the interview below:

Interview By: Ruben Mosqueda


Metal Titans: The first thing, I noticed was how the name appropriately fits the ‘huge’ sound of
the band. I’ll admit I wasn’t familiar with the band, what inspired the name? There’s got to be a
cool story behind that.


Yes, the name is a metaphor for Rock music. When we were coming up with a name back in
2010, it seemed the DJ and hip/hop were top of the charts and rock music was becoming extinct
(just like the buffalo). So since we’re still playing rock music, We Hunt Buffalo!

Metal Titans: The new album is titled ‘Head Smashed,’ what a fantastic title, who’s idea was it to
title the album that? Aside from getting bludgeoned in the skull, what’s the meaning behind that?


That was a name that we had on the back burner. When the album was done and we still didn’t
have a name for it, we decided that would be the best title. Not only does it suite the vibe of the
record, but it also pays homage to the actual Bison hunting grounds in Western Canada. It’s a
site where indigenous people hunted bison/buffalo for hundreds of years. Being a band from
Western Canada called We Hunt Buffalo, it’s nice to draw attention to the actual hunting site of
Head-Smashed-In.

Metal Titans: How would describe the band’s sound to those that haven’t heard you before?
There’s a heavy dose of ‘fuzz’ in there, I take it KYUSS and Queens of the Stone Age are an
influence?


We’ve been calling it Dirty, Grimy Fuzz Rock for a while now. Right your are about the Kyuss
and QOTSA influences. It’s loud groove based rock but still has melodic vocals and harmonies.
Metal Titans: What’s more important to the We Hunt Buffalo sound, melody or groove? Why?
I think all three are important in coining our sound. We def like jamming out on a groove,
especially during our live show. We often lengthen our song structures and just jam out for a few
minutes on a riff. That’s kinda the Desert Rock/Stoner Rock way!

Metal Titans: I love the lyric video for “Angler Must Die” it’s so simple, yet effective. It brings
back memories of some the art that we all created in grade school. Did the band pitch that to the
director?


We actually wrote, filmed and directed ourselves. We had spent our video budget on the video
for “Heavy Low” so when it came time to make a video for Angler, we figured let’s just do it
ourselves. Stoked on how it ended up turning out!

Metal Titans: As a relatively new band, how has the ability of people being able to create music
in their homes and throw it online, affected bands’ abilities to create a buzz? In short, is the
scene diluted, is the art of making music getting devalued?


I think bands like us are able to prosper (to an extent) in the new music industry. Before bands
relied so heavily on radio play in order to get their music heard. It’s nice now a days how people
are consuming their music in so many different ways. Whether it’s Bandcamp, streaming
services, record store finds, there are so many ways to access music. We also rely a lot on
word of mouth. If people dig what we’re doing, we find they tell their friends, who go on to tell
their friends... then before you know it, we’re finding live shows building in all the different
markets. Every time we roll through town the shows get a little bigger as do the album sales. As
far as saturation goes... Yes there may be many bands pushing stuff out, but I think people have
a zero tolerance for bull shit and “fake music”. Good song writing and musicianship will always
shine through and people know to look for that. I’m not saying we’re perfect by any means.
We’re always learning and growing and I like to think that fans of WHB notice that and
appreciate we’re giving it our all.

Metal Titans: How much of your personal music consumption, still physical product?


The three of us love our vinyl and definitely spend too much money on records! Haha. We also
all have subscriptions to streaming services, but I find when I discover a digital album that I love,
I want to find it that much more on vinyl. Nothing with ever beat the experience of sitting down
with a record, gazing over the artwork and lyrics. It’s timeless. Our parents did it for years and
I’m so glad it’s a tradition that’s going strong.


Metal Titans: What’s the last ‘new’ album that you bought? What’s the last ‘classic’ album that
you picked up?


For me, I just grabbed “Reflections of a floating world” by Elder and Plants and Animals
“Waltzed in From the Rumbling”. Both records are solid front to back. As for classic records, my
parents passed down their collection from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Great stuff in there... King
Crimson, All the zeppelin records, Beatles, Yes, Neil young, Redbone.

Metal Titans: You’ve done a bit of touring, what’s the most trying thing about the touring
lifestyle? How do you cope with that?

For me it’s the endurance factor. Driving 8hrs then playing a show for three weeks straight can
take its toll. Especially vocally. It’s a challenge to make sure you’re taking care of your voice,
eating right and getting enough sleep.

Metal Titans: Have you guys ventured [toured] outside of North America? What was the
audience reaction like? Did they get it?


We’ve done a couple European tours. One with Monolord and the other with Truckfighters. The
shows over there were awesome. Heavy music thrives in Europe! Germans love to rock out
hard and so do all the surrounding countries. While the mainstream rock scene here in Canada
has gone indie/folk over the past decade, rock is alive and well in Europe. Can’t wait to go back
next spring!

Metal Titans: Surely, you’ve had some ‘Spinal Tap’ moments over the years. Let’s hear a story.

Haha, not going to spill and the beans but why don’t we talk about the ongoing relationship with
“the sound guy”? The audio engineer running front of house is basically the most important
person at any show... and for what ever reason they are made up of the quirkiest individuals you
will ever meet. From the sound guy who took 4 hours to get a sound check done in Red Deer, to
the dude in Vancouver who spent all show yelling at his assistant and all the bands how much
they were doing in wrong. Haha, it’s an ongoing saga that I’m sure all bands can relate to. It’s
such a delicate relationship. The Hard Times did a fantastic mini-doc that sums it all up greatly.
You gotta check it out.