I get a certain vibe from the name BUZZARD CANYON that sends a cool chill down my spine. So I wanted to get to know the band a bit better. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
– awesome question! Originally, when we were trying to find our identity, we were a 3 piece and called it Thunderhoof. When we started recording, we found that there is some sort of techno rock band with the same name. We tossed some names around for a bit and we landed on Buzzard Canyon. It seemed to perfectly fit the vibe we are going for and has that desert, desolate and somewhat foreboding feel to it. especially since the first song I wrote for the band was Highway Run. Which.. is a story about a couple in the desert making bad decisions.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
– We play rock. Camaro Rock… We dubbed it Camaro rock because we wanted to write and play music that you would pop into your vintage Camaro tape deck, get a little high, hit the gas and pump your fist out the window while singing at the top of your lungs.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
– We all have varied musical appreciations. For the most part, it’s anything original, anything that moves us. A lot of 60’s and 70’s psych rock, Thin Lizzy, old school punk, folk, country, you name it really. We really just do what feels right and hope it comes out ok.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
– I don’t know if it is important. I don’t feel that we have a message. Unless it’s a punk band or Bob Dylan.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
– No. We only really care about the music we’re playing.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
– I feel that it is very important. When I was growing up, I used to go to the record stores almost daily and buy albums because of how they looked. I found so many amazing bands this way that were new to me. The cover of our record “Hellfire and Whiskey” was an idea that I had in mind for a few years. A few people had attempted to draw it out for us and it never came out as I was hoping. When I met Bill Kole, I had a 30 minute conversation with him about the idea. Within a week or so he started sending preliminary ideas that were flat out amazing. Now, we couldn’t be happier. The cover represents everything we do and Bill Kole made it better than I could have imagined. In fact, one of the comments we hear the most lately is how captivating the cover and his art are.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
– We’ve all been playing in this scene for many years. Buzzard Canyon has definitely gained some respect as a live act. The scene here in CT is growing again, there are some great bands around here and we are happy to be a part of it.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
– Its always awesome. Thanks to the internet age, its so much easier to reach places and people that you couldn’t before. Its a great thing for sure!
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
– Absolutley. Records are awesome, but sometimes its hard to get that feeling or vibe across on a record. But live… thats where its at. The energy is there, the volume, the booze 😉
What does the future have in its womb?
– We have a couple of great shows coming up: 11/19 in Nashua NH with Scissorfight and Sasquatch, 12/3 in New London CT with Worshipper, Summoner and Bedroom Rehab Corporation and it looks like we will be in New Haven CT come January for a big show that will be announced soon. After that we will be heading back into my studio to write and record some new material. After that, the sky is the limit. .
Thank you for this interview, we are always honored to talk to someone who is interested in what we do. Hellfire and Whiskey is out NOW on CD and vinyl online at Salt of the Earth Records and now at Newbury Comics as well! And, don’t forget to check out our new video for Highway Run!