Heavy psych rock overlords, KING BUFFALO, have revealed the first details of their upcoming, brand new album entitled The Burden of Restlessness, set to be released on Vinyl and CD on June 4th, 2021!
The band‘s most focused progressive offering to-date, The Burden of Restlessness will self-release throughout North America and see European issue via Stickman Records. Self-recorded in late 2020 and early 2021 by guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson, the album continues to push KING BUFFALO’s progressive aspects forward into new avenues of melody and exploration. 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.
To shorten your wait for King Buffalo’s upcoming, first of three albums this year, the band has just premiered a single from The Burden of Restlessness! Listen to the dark and hazy “Hebetation” here.The Burden of Restlessness by King Buffalo