The Beast With Nine Backs

by Bison

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about

BISON was formed at the start of 2004 by a small group of friends who had been spending time writing and busking together and wanted to expand their project. The prime directive was, and remains, the generation of FUN. They handpicked their team by carefully selecting the most FUN people that were available in Sheffield at the time. There was no prefigured musical agenda. They ended up with a gymnastic reggae drum and bass combination, a heavy ska brass line up, rock's finest on lead guitar, a light funk touch on keys, folked up rhythm guitars, the bluest of harps and vocalists who stray errantly between the corners of the known musical universe. An epicurean mix indeed, but a pure distillation from this melting pot yields a unique sound, and, importantly, the much-desired ingredient aplenty.

The Beast with Nine Backs is Bison's self-produced debut CD, recorded in late 2004 and early 2005. It contains:

- Five studio-recorded versions of early Bison tunes, all of which still feature in the band's live sets.
- The Kendal Mint Tapes; a selection of jams, live recordings and skits all recorded in a cottage in the Lake District in February 2005.
- A live track from an early gig at West One Four in London.

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released March 1, 2005

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Bison Sheffield, UK

Bison is a horns-front, hoof-stomping party beast from Sheffield. Their sound is diverse, centred on ska but taking in swing, soul, hip hop, electronica, and anything else that takes their fancy. The emphasis is firmly on songs, orangeness and knees.

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