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Albums Of The Week: Buffalo Daughter | We Are The Times

Get your funky freak on with the Japanese oddballs’ first albm in seven long years.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Buffalo Daughter are a three-member group consisting of Sugar Yoshinaga, Yumiko Ohno and MoOoG Yamamoto, often augmented by a drummer and other guests. Their sound is heavily influenced by German progressive rock and techno-pop, but also includes bits of dub, club, shoegaze and post-rock influences. Given their mix and match style, and that they emerged in the mid-’90s, they are often considered as part of the Shibuya-kei movement.

Before putting together Buffalo Daughter, Yoshinaga and Ohno played together in a band called Havanna Exotica. Buffalo Daughter’s 1994 debut EP Shaggy Head Dressers was released on the Cardinal label, a spinoff of the popular indies magazine Beikoku Ongaku. When the American group Luscious Jackson were touring in Japan they met Buffalo Daughter. Favourably impressed with their music, passed samples along to the their label honchos at Beastie Boys’ own Grand Royal Records. As a result Buffalo Daughter signed with Grand Royal in 1996, and released Captain Vapour Athletes internationally. The band spend a good deal of 1996 in the States, first playing a few East Coast dates in March, then doing an extended tour with Butter 08 in September, and returning again for dates in November with Luscious Jackson. Their impressive live shows had a great deal to do with breaking the band both in Japan and internationally.

In 1997 Grand Royal followed with a remix EP, with Buffalo Daughters remixed by the likes of Alec Empire, Money Mark and U.N.K.L.E. Also that year, Buffalo Daughter played Grand Royal events in London and Paris with labelmates Ben Lee, BIS and Luscious Jackson. In 1998 the band returned with the new studio album New Rock, and toured the U.S. and Europe with Money Mark. They also performed at the Tibetan Freedom Festival in D.C. in June 1998 along with Beastie Boys, Radiohead, R.E.M., Sonic Youth and Herbie Hancock.

They returned again to the States in July and August to tour with Boys Against Girls. In 2001 Grand Royal suddenly shut down, and the band moved to L.A.’s Emperor Norton, where they released I. Also in 2001, Buffalo Daughter played Japan’s top electronic music event Electraglide, on a bill with Fatboy Slim, Aphex Twin and Plaid.

In 2003 they released Psychic and toured America with Blonde Redhead, and in 2006 they issued Euphorica. This versatile group have collaborated with a wide range of artists including the French ambient pop group Air, Ami Suzuki from techno-pop pioneers The Plastics, veteran Mari Natsuki, Takako Minaka, Cornelius, Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife and Cibo Matto. Sugar also sometimes plays in the side project band Metalchicks, and has toured the States and Europe with them. They have also had their music used in ads for mouthwash, orange juice, cameras, electronics and convenience stores amongst others.

In July 2010 Buffalo Daughter released The Weapons of Math Destruction, on their own Buffalo Ranch label, their first release in four years. They again collaborated with support drummer Atsushi Matsushita, who also plays with Zazen Boys. In 2013, Buffalo Daughter released their 20th anniversary compilation ReDiscoVer. Best, Re-recordings and Remixes of Buffallo Daughter
This album not only includes their past songs but also a mix of some new recordings, covers, concert performances and remixed recordings.
Recently, a Tokyo and Osaka gallery create an exhibit thar follows the band’s history. In 2014 the double album Konjac-tion was released worldwide. It featured various guests such as Kahimi Karie, Shintaro Sakamoto (ex. Yura Yura Teikoku) and remixes by Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon, Varo, Yoshinori Sunahara, etc., with nearly two hours listening volume.”