Avi Buffalo is very busy. A few months ago, the 27-year-old Long Beach native self-released an ambient album titled 2017, recorded in his home studio using his 8-track mixer and GarageBand. It’s a collection of 13 disparate soundscapes— drony and ethereal in some pockets while distorted and dissonant in others—all written, recorded and produced by Buffalo himself.
For Dave Van Patten, music and visual art go hand in hand. His witty, surrealist illustrations—as psychedelic as they are prolific—span many album covers (most recently for The Grateful Dead’s Live Concert Series), the 16-by-60-foot wall flanking Alex’s Bar (one of Long Beach’s most respected venues), dozens of iconic festival and show posters, as well as the entire lineup of Stacks FX pedals.
The Native Lung, he says, is his all-time favorite and has quickly become his main songwriting tool. Case in point: it can be heard on every single track off Bundy's forthcoming full-length album, Bastard Performer.
“The entire album is based around that fucking pedal, I swear to god,” Serna explains. “When I got that pedal, I started writing things to that reverb that I just liked, and it inspired me to write a lot of songs.