Sky’s the limit for newcomers Young Buffalo in the wake of their stellar ‘House’ debut

Young Buffalo‘House’
Young Buffalo (Votiv)
4 stars out of 5

There’s something undeniably catchy about the debut album from Oxford, Miss.-based indie rock quintet Young Buffalo. Childhood pals Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett started writing music together as teenagers and eventually formed Young Buffalo in 2009. The lineup is rounded out by drummer Tim Burkhead, bassist Andrew Guinn and keyboardist Will Eubanks and the 11-track “House” is one of 2015’s more enjoyable first efforts.

Young Buffalo CD“When we’re writing we always want it to be something we would want to listen to in the car or put in at a party,” Barrett explains. “We’re really honest with ourselves when it comes to what we create and that’s ultimately what keeps us interested to keep pushing forward.”

Young Buffalo come out of the gates clicking on all cylinders with “Man in Your Dreams,” “No Idea” and “Guilt.” Though they can’t quite keep up that pace, the lads also deliver the goods on keepers “Cliff Diver,” “Black Eye,” “Summertime Blondes” and “Old Soul.” If you like what you hear on house — and I’m guessing you will — make sure to check Young Buffalo out live when they perform at Pittsburgh’s Club Café (www.clubcafelive.com) on Wednesday, May 13. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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