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Longing to be the Mountain showcases the willful growth King Buffalo have undertaken, in its performance and in the writing of the material itself is absolutely on a different plane of achievement. It’s a top-ten kind of album." – The Obelisk


KING BUFFALO – Rochester, NY.
Psychedelic / Heavy Blues / Stoner Rock.
Formed in September of 2013.


From Rochester, New York, King Buffalo is the trio of vocalist/guitarist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds, and drummer Scott Donaldson. Since forming in 2013, the self-proclaimed "heavy blues" band has made its name via debut album Orion, follow-up EP Repeater, and tours with the likes of The Sword, All Them Witches, and Elder.

Psych-rock authority The Obelisk has been tracking King Buffalo's ascent since the start, pegging them as a band destined for greatness. The site's review of the Repeater EP proclaimed: "Repeater finds them brimming with confidence... Their songwriting here hits a new level of craftsmanship that only raises one’s hopes even after such an impressive debut long-player. The question isn’t so much whether King Buffalo are prepared for their next step as it is whether their audience is ready to realize the special moment playing out in front of them."

Sophomore album Longing to Be the Mountain is an enthralling piece of work that sees King Buffalo fulfill its promise. In six songs, clocking in at 42 minutes, the band cements the style initiated on previous releases. Sure to delight fans of psych, stoner, and krautrock, Longing to Be the Mountain is timeless rock music, greater than any one genre.

Donaldson's clean, powerful drumming and Reynolds' hypnotic basslines lock into grooves that propel the songs, traveling from cool, spacious zones into all-out explosive finalés. Frontman McVay mesmerizes with a haunting vocal style that commands full attention despite its sedated tone – early Pink Floyd is a reference point. Within each song, he showcases a palette of vivid guitar playing, from jangly rhythms to ripping solos.

Some songs make their point in 4 minutes or less, others sprawl out above the 10-minute mark. In either case, there is no fat to trim. King Buffalo moves with purpose. Reynolds names British Invasion bands like The Animals as an influence on him during the making of Longing to Be the Mountain, noting how he came to respect simplicity – "just playing the right notes in the right places." With the three members in sync, songs progress steadily and fluidly, from world-weary lulls into squalls of transcendence.

King Buffalo's music and lyrics are in harmony, both painting pictures of traveling, questing, evolving. Of the lyrics, McVay says, "The album is about searching for meaning. It's a story about finding one's place in an increasingly turbulent and chaotic world." We, the listeners, are lucky to witness King Buffalo's journey as they cruise onward and upward, leaving behind an amazing soundtrack as they go.


LONGING TO BE THE MOUNTAIN (OCTOBER 12TH, 2018) - "For starters: Longing To Be The Mountain is one of the best album titles and already offers an insight to what is to come. In tune with nature the new record takes you through the wide expanse and above the big wide divide. This is sleeping the dream kind of stuff! This is introspective and stellar at the same exact moment. It reminds of that line from a long lost poem: ‘all my life, my heart has sought for a thing I cannot name’. And with this album we can state: it has been found… " - Stoner Hive

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REPEATER (January 5th, 2018) - "The steady pace, the melancholic vocals, and the absolutely mountainous climax with its ever-building riffs do exactly what they need to do: they leave the listener begging for more.

King Buffalo have mastered their craft, Repeater shows us this much." - Bearded Gentlemen

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ORION (August 5th, 2016) - "King Buffalo shows the world its first long-player creation – a powerful concoction of heavy psych, blues, and stoner rock in stunning cohesion. Orion's flow is surprising giving the relative youth of the band, but King Buffalo seems to be a rare breed capable of fusing loose-knit and spacious pieces into a tightly-focused package." - Sludgelord


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ELECTRIC LADYLAND RELEASE (July 3rd, 2015)King Buffalo was asked to record “House Burning Down” as part of a Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland Compilation by Magnetic Eye Records. Other bands included were Earthless, All Them Witches, Heavy Eyes, Mothership, Wo Fat, Elder, Mos Generator and many more.


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STB RECORDS SPLIT (February 21st, 2015)King Buffalo released their 12″ split with Sweden’s Le Betre on STB Records. The highly anticipated album sold out in 3 days. The 2nd pressing pressing which followed months later; sold out in four days.


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DEMO (November 14th, 2013) - "For a demo recorded over the course of two days, in their practice space, King Buffalo have some finely recorded tunes that put even some professionally recorded material to shame." - The Evil Engineer


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(from left to right)

Scott Donaldson - Drums & Percussion

Dan Reynolds - Bass & Synth

Sean McVay - Guitar, Vocals, & Synth



King Buffalo recorded on 9.29.16 for Genesee Live at the University of Rochester.

‘Kerosene’ performed live at the SOLD OUT Neumos in Seattle, WA on 3/29/18.

Animated Video for ‘Quickening’ from King Buffalo’s 2nd full length, ‘Longing To Be The Mountain’.

Live Full Performance from Psycho Las Vegas 2018 on 8-19-2018.

Live Full Performance from Freak Valley Festival 2019 in Germany.

‘Cosmonaut’ music video from King Buffalo's 2nd full length 'Longing to Be the Mountain'.