|Photo courtesy of Smash
Although first dismissible as another
Japanese girl group riding the kitsch bandwagon to success in the West, Buffalo Daughter's
solid performance at last summer's Fuji Rock Festival proved otherwise.
Their groovy-but-sophisticated sound collages made their set one of the more memorable of
the weekend, and it became clear that Beastie Boys label Grand Royal hadn't signed them
for their cute-Japanese-girl-ness alone.
Formed in 1993, Buffalo Daughter consist of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sugar Yoshinaga
and Yumiko Ohno along with turntablist Moog Yamamoto. Debuting their funky, futuristic
approach with Shaggy Headressers in 1994, they went on to release Amoeba
Soundsystem in 1995, before being picked up by Grand Royal for the seven-inch Legend
of the Yellow Buffalo in 1996. Their second full-length, Captain Vapor Athletes
appeared later in '96, paving the way for the effortlessly catchy Socks, Drugs &
Rock N Roll in '97.
Buffalo Daughter soon became darlings of the college/indie scene, toured the US, and -
with the Western stamp of approval - returned to Japan for a series of headlining shows at
Liquid Room and other marquee venues. They went on to release New Rock in 1998, and
overseas interest led to further outings with an allstar cast of international remixers,
resulting in 1999s WXBD.
Buffalo Daughter play the Tibetan Freedom Concert on May 15.
See listings for details.