Bad Times Stories.

Bad Times Stories

Buffalo Nation

A debut at 50?

No Problem No Studio

Why "Bad Times Stories"

Vinyl versus CD?

Financial?

Different times

Get in touch

 

Bad Times Stories

Bad Times Stories is the first album by Buffalo Nation. It has been conceived as a “classic” vinyl album: a theme, an idea, 11 songs with a total listening time of about 40 minutes (to ensure the best audio quality), beautiful artwork that lifts the theme up to the next level…..

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Buffalo Nation

Buffalo Nation is the name for the musical activities of Peter De Middeleir.

 

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A debut at 50?

A solo debut at 50 anyway. It’s a change from the “debut at 17 – fame at 22 – and rock and roll-suicide at 28”. Being 50 gives a different perspective at life, at society,  at music, at people….
It’s maybe not fashionable but it feels ok. What is age anyway?

 

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No Problem No Studio.

No Problem No Studio is the playground for creating music. Being in a band can be a great thing to do when you’re 17. Doing gigs and chasing girls, drinking too much….the world can be beautiful. A band however needs to stay focused and that’s where things start to derail. I have always been fascinated with the “magic” of a recording studio and with songwriting. The obvious thing to do is to start recording at home (still building a home actually….). So I did.


I am fortunate to know a lot of musicians on whom I can rely and I took music back to its essence:  expression of a feeling. For the first time in my life I even started playing covers and got re-acquainted with the craft of songwriting. I even started to like singing….

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Why “ Bad Times Stories”?

Well….these are not happy times we’re living in. That soon became the common denominator for the songs. The idea became concrete when I discovered the work of Dorothea Lange. Her pictures tell a story in the same way – I hope – my songs carry an idea.


In every dark tale, however, there is a spark of hope.

 

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Vinyl versus CD

At first the idea was to release a “classic” album on vinyl only. I can still remember the excitement when I bought an album at the local record store. I have first editions of The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Police, The Cure….the stuff I was listening to when I was 16. I was the youngest of four children so when going through the records of my sisters and brother I soon discovered Hendrix, The Who, Rory Gallagher, the Woodstock generation, and even folk, jazz  and classical music. I can still get tears into my eyes when I hear great musicians as Billie Holiday and Leadbelly .  So why not make a true vinyl album as did so many great musicians?
Well…because of financial considerations and because these are different times as far as music distribution is concerned.

And, anyway: a Digipack cd isn’t bad either……even MP3's can be great!

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Financial?

My album is the first release on my own label. I have to make ends meet and releasing a vinyl album costs about 3 times as much as releasing a cd. That’s the truth. I am however not discarding the idea and I am calling upon you to let me know that you want a copy on vinyl. If the demand is substantial enough the vinyl album will still be made…..(contact).

 

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Different times?

Not bad times, actually, but different. Nowadays on the internet you can listen to all kinds of music. It is great to discover bands and artists. But the listener is responsible for keeping the system alive. You should look for new ways to support the artists you appreciate. Concerts and merchandise are the obvious ways for doing this. Maybe the internet offers new opportunities. Maybe you can help for promotion, maybe you can make a fanzine, a blog…..the sky is the limit.

 

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Get in touch

And let me know what you can do for Buffalo Nation. This also is your journey……

 

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