Boston trio Buffalo Tom started their summer tour of Australia in Perth
last week and as always, a big crowd of fans turned out to see and hear the
masters of melancholy guitar pop (who last visited in 1994).
After the show
many people seemed to barely notice the trio as they snuck out the door of
coastal nightclub Club Atlantis. On the street Bill Janovitz, Chris Colbourne
and Tom Maginnis could have been anybody, but on stage, they were a unique and
Janovitz sang most of last year's single, "Summer,"
as if in a trance, adding extra emotion to an already moving pop masterpiece.
Then, much later, on "Treehouse," he was flinging himself all over the
Sometimes Colbourne looked as if he was trying to hide in a corner
while adding backing vocals, though he seemed very confident on his own songs
like "Kitchen Door." Maginnis was barely visible behind his kit. But together
the trio wove nothing short of musical magic. Songs from last year's Sleepy
Eyed were featured; tracks like the angst ridden "Taillights Fade" and the
rawer "Birdbrain" were welcomed like old friends.
Buffalo Tom continue
their Australian tour until Saturday, Mar. 9. Bill Janovitz said the band have
no plans to record again until at least October, though he did say he had
recently invested in some home recording equipment to work on some solo
material. "There's a good chance it will be significantly different to Buffalo
Tom," said Janovitz, explaining he had no real plans to release anything just
yet. "I think anything I did separate to Buffalo Tom while they were still an
entity I would be forced to make slightly different."