Virginia-based indie folk collective The Last Bison have, in just a couple short years, grown into one of my favorite bands around. Frontman Ben Hardesty & Co. first came to my attention with the 2012 release of the “Inheritance” EP and further impressed last year with their major label debut full-length, also dubbed “Inheritance.”
Hardesty has one of the more distinctive voices around and he puts it to great use on latest platter “VA.” Named after their home state, the 11-track release is The Last Bison at their collaborative best. They’ve parted ways with Republic Records and seem rejuvenated by the return to their independent roots.
The Last Bison come out of the gate clicking on all cylinders with “Bad Country” and “Every Time,” and later score with “Endview,” “Burdens,” “Come What May” and “She Always Waves at the Gate.” Pittsburgh audiences can hear the songs from “VA” — and much more — tonight when the band headlines at the Hard Rock Café. Make sure to check them out. (Jeffrey Sisk)