Photos by Benjamin Hoste www.benjaminhoste.com
The Long Beach-based Avi Buffalo released their much anticipated debut album on Sub Pop Tuesday. They play an all ages record release show at the Troubadour Saturday May 1st before they leave to tour Europe for the first time. Later they play summer dates with Modest Mouse and Blitzen Trapper. The group has been touring extensively this spring including dates at SXSW, but we were lucky enough to catch up with them between shows on the early leg of their US tour in March. I talked to Avi by phone from New Jersey.
Kathryn Pinto: Where are you guys now?
Avi Buffalo: Right now I’m in Weehauken, NJ. We are staying at our friend’s house. We’re at his office right now. We just finished eating some lunch and practicing a little bit.
KP: So this is your guys’ first national tour, right?
Avi: Yeah, it is. We went up to the Northwest for the first time last summer. Last month we went to New York for the first time for about a week. On the East Coast we did about four dates. [This is] the first time doing the real deal, like two months, a bunch of shows thing so it’ll be an exciting thing for us. Just gonna keep our heads on, keep playing every night so should be fun, should get tighter, [we’ll] have a good time.