Buford O'Sullivan - L.R.T.R. - out on Megalith Records
Buford O'Sullivan - L.R.T.R.
(7"/Download) Megalith Records MEV004, 2010-04-30
Featuring members of The Easy Star All-Stars, The Scofflaws and The Slackers, this is the first 7inch release from trombonist Buford O'Sullivan, with a digital download cards giving access to downloading the entire record and extra songs that couldn't fit on the record. Buford O'Sullivan has been a driving train of trombones and vocal pipes for years in the NYC ska scene. In the early 2000's Buford joined The Toasters full time and contributed Can I Get Another to the 2003 Enemy Of The System release, again a crowd favorite. Since then Buford has toured and recorded with both Dub Is A Weapon and The Easy Star Allstars. All the while he has been writing new material... This release brings 6 new tunes with 2 bonus dubs, courtesy of Mr. Victor Rice. Buford's witting lyrics and NY centric relatable subject matter is all there backed by catchy melodies and unique rhythms, all which combine to create it's own style of ska that can only be the birth child of the one and only Buford O'Sullivan.
Buford O'Sullivan - L.R.T.R.
(7"/Download) Megalith Records MEV004, 2010-04-30
Tracklisting 7 inch :
A1. The Army Of Rats 4:24
B1. Johnny Medium 3:02
B2. Woa Let Me Tell You 2:35
Tracklisting Digital :
01. How Right I Was 5:13
02. The Indefatigable 3:57
03. The Army Of Rats 4:24
04. Woa Let Me Tell You 2:35
05. L.R.T.R. 4:23
06. Johnny Medium 3:02
07. Dub Rats 3:34
08. Indefatigable Dub 3:56
Note : Featuring members of The Easy Star All-Stars, The Scofflaws and The Slackers!
Interview on duffguidetoska.blogspot.com
Produced by Victor Rice
Buford O'Sullivan - Trombone, Trumpet & Vocals
Victor Rice - Bass, Guitar, Melodica & Percussion
Agent Jay Nugent - Guitar
Eddie Ocampo - Drums
Ticklah - Keyboards
Paul Gebhardt - Saxophones
Pitshu - Angolan Finger Snaps
Recorded ar Don't Trip Studios, Brooklyn & Jammyland Studios, Manhattan
Mixed by Victor Rie at Studio Copan
Mastered by Fernando Sanches at Studio El Rocha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Press Release :
This our first 7inch release!!! We are very happy to start this new series of releases. Our vinyl releases are future retro stylings! What this means is our vinyl releases will contain digital download cards to either give you access to downloading the entire album digitally or give you access to extra songs and content that wouldn't fit on the record! One step beyond!!!
Buford O'Sullivan has been part of our family for a long time. If you don't know about Buford, you should because he has been a driving train of trombones and vocal pipes for years in the NYC ska scene. Around 1989 he joined the NYC ska band The Scofflaws full time and toured with The Toasters. He later increased his Scofflaws duties by contributing written material and further vocal excursions. Some of the tunes he coined are considered to be the more popular ones such as 'William Shatner', 'Nude Beach', 'Back Door Open' and 'Nude Beach'. Buford later went on to release a full length solo album on Moon Ska Records sub label known as Ska Satellite and a second full length on Steven Shafer's online only label 7 Wonders Of The World. Both of which now are digitally available through us in all the major and minor digital outlets. In the early 2000's Buford joined The Toasters full time and contributed 'Can I Get Another' to the 2003 'Enemy Of The System' release, again a crowd favorite. Since then Buford has toured and recorded with both 'Dub Is A Weapon' and 'The Easy Star Allstars'.
All the while he has been writing new material, which is what we bring to you now! This release brings us 6 new tunes with 2 bonus dubs, courtesy of Mr. Victor Rice. Buford's witting lyrics and NY centric relatable subject matter is all there backed by catchy melodies and unique rhythms, all which combine to create it's own style of ska that can only be the birth child of the one and only Buford O'Sullivan.
I Started playing trombone when I was eleven. A few years before, my parents took me on a trip on the QE2 (thanks, Mom and Dad), and that trip had a tremendous influence on me. So, when I picked up the trombone in school and played it, I thought that it sounded just like the ocean liner, and I was sold. I've been playing like that ever since, so those of you who wonder why I don't try to emanate, say, J.J. Johnson or Curtis Fuller, well there's your answer. I like to warn the port of call that I'm coming in.
I attended Bard College up in Annandale, and futzed around with different majors as liberal arts colleges allow, and I ended up with an MFA in music, even though I also studied film and creative writing. It was a fun time. My friend John Jacobs introduced me to the world of long blues jams at the perfect time, because like most trombone players, I was thinking of giving it up. What, was I going to be a band geek for ever? He, Andrea Cairone and Nelson Bragg (of Brian Wilson "Smile" fame) formed Big Noise (at first, "Live Short and Suffer"), and we thought we would become major stars. We did not. However, we did conquer the Hudson Valley for a spell. We played Coochies in New Paltz, The Joyous Lake in Woodstock, and even released a single! We opened for the Toasters at CBGB's in 1985 or so and those two guys who used to sing "Shirley, You're my Girlie" sang "Night Club" with us (when I was last there, the tag in the first 'dressing room' behind the stage was still there on one of the rafters). We had an appearance on "The Joe Franklin Show", and I was so nervous, I couldn't speak, kind of like Ralph Cramden doing Chef of the Future. We opened for the B-52s on Long Island because their sax player Ralph Carney was playing with us at the time. We had some chances, but stardom was not in the cards. All in all, I had a great time, but sometimes good things come to an end.
Upon the dissolution of that band, I moved to New York to try my luck in the scene. I played with various projects and open jams, notably Tony Mindcontrolle's Zen Mambo, and Steve Marshall and the Deputies. I played a gig at Nightengales's, where I first met Jeff Baker playing with Skinnerbox - he had long hair, and he had painted his trombone, dude, so cool. That's when I came upon the ska craze, or The Third Wave as it was called. About a year previous, I got a ticket when I was upstate and forgot to pay it. When I finally took care of it to clear my record, the judge called me a "Scofflaw". I had no idea what that meant, but not a month later, I joined The Scofflaws. Odd, but the universe works that way sometimes.
I got a call from Eric Storkman, bone player for The Toasters that he need a sub for a national tour. I took it, and started my association with that band, my first "Get in the Van" experience. It was eye opening, mind crushing, and an epiphany of sorts, because I was finally playing my horn coast to coast. Big Noise had played some ska music, but here was a genre that was gaining momentum internationally, and I was participating! Wow, a future of hot gigs and good bread lay before me like the scene at the end of "Brazil". I went for it.
The Scofflaws recorded their first CD on Moon Records, and it was quite well received. Going on the road was difficult because most of the band had jobs, were married with kids or had no inclination to leave The Island. I had just done the Toaster tour, and so I was sold on the glories of the road (band rooms filled with beer, adoring girls, twelve hour van rides, etc...), so I pushed for some good action that way. The Scofflaws first went out supporting Desmond Dekker and the Aces in 1992, Bad Manners in (I think) 1993, and that was the first instance where some of the band members could make it, and some could not. Thus, the turn-around began, and the stress began to set people apart from one another. By the time "Ska in Hi Fi" was recorded, two key members had already left the band, and the rotation had begun. It happens in almost every band, so there's no real problem with it, but music and solidarity make an elusive dream that is not often realized. Needless to say, the next years saw the Scofflaws become several different and, in their own unique ways, exceptional bands. The common denominator? Richard Brooks.
The Toaster gigs continued, and my associations with the people in the NYC ska scene grew. It was a wild bunch of years. Many people saw great success. Moon Records was the underground cool spot, with a store in the Lower East Side, and so many bands came through there that some say it was a devastating flood. I disagree. It was a renaissance. A lot of people had a lot of fun, and you can not argue with that. There were the New Frontier gigs, Oi Skampilation (yo T.C.!), Wetlands, The New Music Cafe, and out on the Island with the Scofflaws, New York Avenue, Voodoo, Industry, the Freeport Crew... Jeez, it is a novel unto itself!
Right when the Third Wave was cresting, No Doubt and The Bosstones were stars and there was much 'ska' drivel on MTV, I decided to release my solo project. About time, yes? I had a hard disk recorder and a Sure SM-57, all ready to go. I called up Victor, Agent Jay, Eddie Ocampo, all my friends, and recorded "The Club of Hopes and Fears". It was released on Ska Satellite to a mild aplomb. Right then and there, Noah Wildman took all the money, The Back Street Boys took the kids, and the ska wave washed ashore bringing with it all drek and scum that show business can dish out. Ska was dead.
I was not dead, however, and neither were the Scofflaws, nor the Toasters, nor were many other up and coming artists. Shows continued and tours went around the continent. I kept gigging, but the gigs no longer supported the dreams of yesteryear. I left the Scofflaws in 2000, joined the Toasters, got married, and started free-lancing around.
All that continues to this day. I keep busy, thanks to all the people who still believe in live music - not opposed to DJs at all, because they are musicians too - but supportive of a bunch of a bunch pf people on stage jumping around, making music. That's what a night out is supposed to be. You dance, laugh, have a good time, and when ever possible, you see a band, you go to a club with a good DJ, you meet someone you love, love the life you live, and don't let nay sayers direct your intentions. I still announce my arrival in port, so when you have a free night, come out and see some good real live music.
The Easy Star All-Stars "Radiodread"; "Until That Day"; "Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band" - Trombone
Gov't Mule "Mighty High" - Trombone
Nancy Sinatra "Nancy Sinatra" - Trombone
The Toasters "Enemy of the System" - Trombone and songwriter
Primitive Reason "Some of Us" - Trombone, arranger
- "Firescroll" Trombone, Trumpet, Arranger
Rocker-T "Tru Ganjaman" - Trombone, Trumpet
The Scofflaws "Record of Convictions" - Theremin, Vocals, Trombone
"Live!, Vol. 1" - Vocals, Trombone
"Ska in Hi Fi" - Vocals, Trombone
"The Scofflaws" - Trombone
One Groovy Coconut "More Like This Than That" - Trombone, Trumpet
New York Ska Jazz Ensemble "Low Blow" Trombone
Bossa Nova Beatniks "Heart to Beat" - Trombone
Big Noise "CBS/Epic Presents the Unsigned" Dark Ages - Trombone, Vocals
Gary Richard "The High Road" - Trombone
Various Artists "NY Beat Breaking & Entering" - Performer
Various Artists "Skankaholics Unanimous: Under the Influence of Ska" - Performer
Various Artists "Skarmageddon, Vol. 3: A New Beginning" - Performer
Various Artists "Ska: The Third Wave, Vol. 1" - Performer
Various Artists "New York Beat, Vol. 2: Breaking and Entering" - Performer
Various Artists "Roots, Branch and Stem, Vol. 2: Ska's Not Dead" - Performer