One of the expected joys of hosting my own regular G+ series, is being able to shine a spotlight on the diverse musical talent we have fostered here Trinidad & Tobago. Last week it was sitarist Sharda Patasar and this week it is the duo of Buffalo & Back. Comprised of Jeff Wight and Andrew Mc Intosh, the currently UK-based duo have quickly amassed a passionate fanbase via social media and good old offline word of mouth. To understand why, all you have to do is take a look (and listen) to their newest video “Amnesia”.
I had the honour of hosting their debut live performance on January 17th 2013 (replay below) and got not only 2 but 3 amazing songs! Before their appearance I got the chance to ask lead vocalist Jeff a few questions.
TG: What’s the story behind your name?
Jeff: I used to live in Brooklyn, NY and my girlfriend at the time lived in Buffalo so I spent a lot of time going between Buffalo and Brooklyn. I kinda sabotaged it myself, then started B&B as a way to prove to her how much I cared; how much I regretted it. Buffalo & Back is just a collection of memories from that time and place, it probably should have been the name of the album, but it’s kinda stuck at this point.
TG:Do you have any particularly prized CDs in your collection? If so, what are they and why do they hold special value to you?
Jeff: The Beatles White album and the best of The Stylistics were two albums you could hear playing from inside my Church Ave apartment in Brooklyn most days. I think I might have too many… the Everyday and Every Night ep from Brighteyes is close to my heart, as is Keaton Henson’s album “Dear”, both artists have voices that can be so fragile at times. I find it really admirable to allow yourself to be that vulnerable in terms of your delivery and the content in which you share. To be that personal, to openly share that grief. I found it painful and profound and infinitely beautiful. Other albums like, radiohead’s Kid A (first artist I really obsessed about), Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago and most recently a collection of songs by a band called “An Amiable Medley” are also very dear to me. There really are too many to mention.
TG: Where do you see yourselves ten years from now?
Jeff: Still writing and composing songs. Music has been such a gift to me, I want to share that gift with other people; anyone who will receive it. There are tons of artists around that have helped me through so many hard times, and I feel really grateful that they shared their pain, their joy, their sorrow. Keaton Henson said it best, “we don’t listen to an artist to feel sorry for them, we listen to feel sorry for ourselves.”
TG: What do you prefer to cook and eat at home?
Jeff: I like to put together alfredo pasta from scratch which usually proves to be pretty eventful. It’s a real hit or miss.
TG: If you could pick one place in the world this year to have a culinary vacation. Where would you go and why?
Jeff: I’d probably say Thailand. I love Thai food and who doesn’t want to experience Thailand at some point? If not Thailand I’d probably go to Osaka again. Japanese soul food like Okonomiyaki is definitely my favourite.