June 4th will see Rochester, New York heavy psych rock act KING BUFFALO release their third, full- length album, entitled The Burden of Restlessness, as a self-release throughout North America and via Stickman Records in Europe.The Burden of Restlessness is the first of three records the trio has planned to issue during 2021. Repeat: THREE!
After the previously- released first album single, “Hebetation”, King Buffalo have now unleashed a second track taken from The Burden Of Restlessness. Just exclusively premiered with Consequence.net and Germany’s Visions Magazine, you can now watch the brand new, trippy video for the prog- rock juggernaut “Silverfish” right here:
The Burden Of Restlessness marks the band’s most focused progressive offering to-date. The album not only continues to push King Buffalo’s progressive aspects forward into new avenues of melody and exploration, but at the same time, it is not mistitled. There are deep undercurrents of frustration and even an aggressive pulse that coincide with the spaciousness for which the band has been so widely lauded since their 2016 debut, Orion. Guitarist & Vocalist Sean McVay drops what’s bound to become one of the record’s signature lyrics in opener “Burning” when he declares, “Another year lost in the wasteland, and more succinct summaries of canceled plans and rescheduled, lost or damaged lives are hard to come by.“
He continues: “The Burden of Restlessness was written over the course of what most would consider a pretty stark and stressful time period. The end result is our darkest, most aggressive, and most intimate work to date. We are extremely proud of what this record became.”
Followers of King Buffalo will find the band’s time was not at all wasted.
While some of the synthesizer driven elements of early-2020’s Dead Star EP have been stripped back, the rhythmic complexity in The Burden of Restlessness is yet more new ground the band are claiming as their own. They do so with confidence and a creative depth of atmosphere that comes through in more than just the effects being used, and the urgency in their material is unmistakable.
“Since Covid stopped all touring, we’ve been hard at work and made the commitment to not waste the opportunity. We’re excited to share the first of three records of 2021, which has expanded our sound in a lot of different ways. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to eventually playing these songs live.” Says drummer Scott Donaldson.
The Burden of Restlessness was written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in December of 2020 & January 2021. Produced, engineered & mixed by Sean McVay, and mastered by Bernie Matthews. The artwork was created by Zdzisław Beksiński with cover fonts by Mike Turzanski and an album layout by Scott Donaldson. The album pre-sale for North America is available at THIS LOCATION, while European fans may want to check out the Stickman Records store HERE!
The Burden of Restlessness Tracklist:
6. The Knocks