All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.
Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.
Buffalo Jones @ Terrain, 6/3, 8:00pm
Where are you from, how long have you been a band and how did the group come together?
We are based in Spokane, WA. We have been a band in one form or another for 11 years or so. Initially it was just me playing solo under the name Buffalo Jones. After a bit I recruited our a drummer and a bass player and we played as a three piece for a few months until we added a lead guitarist to the mix.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
Right now I’d say my favorite song to play is “Portland” from our new EP. It is a very good representation of what we do as a band: three-part harmonies, big guitars. We’ve been opening shows with it lately and it is always fun to play.
What goes into the making of a great setlist?
We’ve tried a little bit of everything with our setlists over the years. Sometimes we like to start with a slower, quieter song before we take it up a notch with a big rock number. Lately we’ve been kicking things off with more energy then slowing it down mid-set before the big finish. For short sets like at Volume, we try to keep the energy high throughout and really work on the transitions between songs. There are so many ways to make a great setlist.
Anyone you’re excited to see at Volume fest?
Volume is always a great festival. I am really excited to catch Built to Spill of course, so we will most likely hustle over there after our set. Folkinception always puts on a great show, so we’re looking forward to that as well.
If a Spokanite stumbles into a Buffalo Jones performance during Volume, what type of show are they likely to see?
They will get three-part harmonies, big guitars, a lot of energy, really just some good old rock ‘n’ roll with some Americana mixed in.
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