Young Buffalo is an indie rock band from Oxford, Mississippi consisting of Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett. Barrett and Yarbrough started writing music together when they were teenagers and went on to form their first band in high school. They continued to play music with together and with other friends throughout high school, and it was during that time that Barrett self recorded an EP in the spring of 2009 under the name Young Buffalo (a nickname he had for Ben in school). The recordings ended up being well received locally, and the duo brought the Young Buffalo project to life.
In July 2011, Young Buffalo released the Young Von Prettylips EP on Cantora Records, an American label noted for signing the then-unknown psychedelic rock band MGMT for their second EP, Time to Pretend EP. Young Buffalo were listed as "new band of the day" by the UK newspaper The Guardian. Indie Rock Cafe included Young Vot Prettylips EP in their 6 "Best New Releases" of July. They opened for the popular English band Arctic Monkeys several times, including a sold-out show in Austin, TX.
In 2012, Young Buffalo signed with Seattle label Votiv and released their self-titled EP, Young Buffalo, which has been described as "vintage swagger that contributes to the inherent uniqueness of this Afrobeat-tinged indie rock release." The EP was released on iTunes in August. Young Buffalo toured around the US and the UK, including playing South by Southwest, where NPR featured the Young Von Prettylips single "Catapilah" in their "The Austin 100" radio mix. In November 2012, Paste Magazine premiered the video for "Upstairs" from Young Buffalo EP and described the song as "a step toward maturity and a more cohesive sound" for the band. AOL music website Spinner posted "Upstairs" as "Video of the Day" in December. Young Buffalo continued to tour across the US in support of their EP release with Admiral Fallow and label mates White Arrows.
In February 2013, Young Buffalo EP was listed as the #1 EP in the CMJ Radio 200. Young Buffalo stated in an interview in March that they hope to release their first full-length album in early 2014.
Jim Barrett - Guitar, Bass, Vocals,
Ben Yarbrough - Guitar, Bass, Vocals,
Will Eubanks - Keyboards, Percussion,
Len Clark - Drums