Cincinnati, Ohio power-rock trio Buffalo Killers perform rootsy music that evokes the James Gang, Mountain or Cream. The threesome has opened for the Black Crowes and the Black Keys (Dan Auerbach produced the band’s sophomore release). The group’s latest is an expanded version of their Ohio Grass EP: originally a six-song vinyl LP issued in April, 2013, Ohio Grass now has 10 tracks (totaling 37 minutes) for CD and digital formats.
Opener, the sin-suffused “Baptized,” has a Black Sabbath-esque rumble highlighted by fuzzed-out guitar. The THC-laced “Grow Your Own” is akin to the North Mississippi Allstars covering Blue Cheer, a Southern undertow with heavily amped riffs. However, Buffalo Killers won’t be pigeonholed - first single “Golden Eagle” oozes with a reggae backbeat, ‘70s pop surfaces during the Beatles-ish “Some Other Kind,” and “Nothing Can Bring Me Down” elicits comparisons to pre-indie popsters like Big Star or the Records. Bonuses include new pop piece “Good Feeling” and three raw live cuts that prove Buffalo Killers is best experienced in a dingy dive bar with stale beer on tap.