Tried and true

By BRETT MILANO  |  July 3, 2007

“Autumnal melancholy” is how Colbourn describes the album’s feel. Adds Janovitz, “If anything, having kids can remind you of how melancholy life can be. I don’t know if we’ve ever gotten what we aspire to be, but I’ve always wanted to be John Cheever, writing about that miserable guy having a drink and catching the last train home. But then I realize we were always doing that.” Colbourn observes that his title song was more personal: “It was about a very difficult time I had keeping my wife and family together. I don’t mind hurting my own feelings, and I certainly did it in that song. So the word ‘easy’ is there, but it’s really about how hard things can be. And sad and pathetic and all that.” Concludes Janovitz, “The band has always been a relief valve. But it’s also something we need a relief valve from.”

Indeed, time away from the band gave both songwriters a chance to feel good about their past. “We played in England after the Besides record,” Colbourn recalls, “and, I mean, what can be more desperate than a band putting out a B-sides record? But we’re up there playing ‘Larry’ [a sad tale from Let Me Come Over], and someone up front gets teary-eyed. I mean, I’m done with ‘Larry’ myself. But I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, maybe it does mean something. Good for Bill for getting that reaction. And good for us that we have this crazy core audience that sees us through the worst of times.’ ”

Now that Buffalo Tom are back to being a full-time operation, Colbourn jokes that they’re aiming for “The toppermost of the poppermost,” invoking John Lennon. “We want the cover of GQ, and I’m not kidding. And then I want to find out what GQ stands for.”

BUFFALO TOM + MOVING TARGETS | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | July 14 | 617.562.8800

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