After 4 whirlwind years playing their own blend of 'high
octane gypsy carnival madness' all over
Europe and the UK,
establishing an ever growing reputation as one of Englands ‘must
see’ live acts, Brighton band Buffo’s Wake decided to record a
selection of songs that eventually became their debut album
perfectly summarises their schizophrenic
energy, and over the course of its 11 songs
flirts round the edges of punk
rock, folk, swing
jazz, Balkan brass bands, cabaret,
and many other different styles, whilst still
retaining something wholly unique to their sound. The release
of the album coincided with a
mammoth 50 date UK and Ireland tour
between October and December 2015 - followed one month
later with their 5th European tour - an 18 show run through 9
Wake is the result of 6 very different
individuals tugging the sound in opposite
directions, with influences as varied as
Nick Cave to System of a Down,
from Abba to Goran Bregovic, to Crass and
Chopin; Buffo’s Wake wear their musical
influences openly on their sequined
itself nods to Russian folk
traditionals, Disney soundtracks,
classic horror film
scores and the gothic imagery
of Tim Burton.
in an array of bedrooms
and studios (and everywhere in between), Buffo’s Wake
decided not to use any synthesized electronic
instruments on their songs, instead opting
for entirely acoustic instruments, effects and atmospherics,
created using singing saws, wine
glasses, old rusty pipes, handmade percussion instruments and
anything else they could get their grubby
little paws on.
is the haunting sound of an abandoned
fairground that flows throughout the album, inspiring
the title Carniphobia.
Recorded by Nick Howiantz at Sussex University.
Overdubs by Tom Bailey.
Mixed and mastered by James Billinge at Balanced Audio.
Artwork designed by Rachel Nicholls, Andy Hansen and Felicia Forsell of Small Type Design.
All songs written and arranged by Buffos Wake, except track 10 which is a traditional Russian folk song based on a poem by Nikolay Nekrasov. Arranged by Buffos Wake.
Lead vocals by Nathan Carter.
Violins by Becca wright.
Acoustic guitars by Jack E.
Accordions by Vita Sunter and Mike Milner.
Double bass by Tom Bailey.
Drums by Daryl Roddick.
Electric guitars by Daryl Roddick, Jack E. and Tom Bailey.
Backing vocals by Nathan Carter, Tom Bailey, Jack E., Mike Milner, Darly Roddick, Cleo Dibb and Bryony Devitt.
Percussion, Cimbala, Xylophone, Glockenspiels, Wine glasses and Ebows by Tom Bailey.
Trumpet by Tommy Peach.
Saxophone and Clarinet by Elma Houghton.
Singing Saw by Felix Vandersluis.
Sousaphone by Alan Sokell.
Trombone by Sid Bailey.
Mandolin by Jim Gallagher.
Cellos and Hammond organ by Tom Bailey.
Banjos by Sam Salter.
Pianos by Sam Bailey.
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