New releases from Buffalo and Senates

New releases dropped into Venue’s intray this week include Hitchin’s The Senates and Shifting Buffalo.

Mark Holt and X-Certs bandmate Ian Kinsley have collaborated to create debut Senates album, Still Waiting For A Crisis? – a gallivant from The Ramonesy pop rocking of Simple Truth to the sweet simplicity of I Didn’t Catch Your Name and the Roger Walter’s inspired Out Of Nothing.

And it’s been a long time in the coming – the friends reformed their 80s band of the same name to mark their 50th birthdays.

“My best mate and I are have always been into writing, recording and performing and for our birthdays we decided to record and release a CD. After three years of writing and recording we have done it.”

Check out their video to Simple Truth on YouTube and other tracks on www.facebook.com/thesenate.uk


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Shifting Buffalo aka Ben Fuller releases his new single Step By Step this month.

The multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter has been writing and recording from over 25 years, with an intense way of coming up with songs.

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“The Shifting Buffalo came into existence in 2005, but it was in 2007 that things really began to take off when I joined an immersion composition society group known as Burning Lodge – the object of which is to regularly write music solidly for a 12-hour session, with the aim of producing up to 20 new songs at a time.”

A selection of the hundreds of songs he’s come up formed EP Wrong! (2008) and debut album Carpe Diem, Baby (2011) – and now Step By Step, in a hard to pin down style Ben calls post-prog-indie-folk-pop-rock.

The single is available from iTunes and Amazon from July 23, and look out for him live at GoatFest in Codicote in August.

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