It’s November 17 of last year, and the Billy Ruane memorial party is slowly creeping towards midnight. Nearly five hours deep into a marathon of performers and presenters, the Middle East downstairs suddenly jolts with energy. BUFFALO TOM has taken the stage (with Ed Valauskas filling in for bassist Chris Colbourn), and by the first few jangly alt-rock chords of set opener “Guilty Girls,” it’s evident the beloved Boston trio is back. Their performance that night lasted but a handful of songs (including Ruane favorite “Larry”) but a statement was made. Now a single off the upcoming Paul Q. Kolderie-produced album Skins (out March 8 off their own Scrawny Records), “Guilty Girls” is classic Buffalo Tom, reverberating with with Bill Janovitz’ coming-of-age lyrics and razor-sharp harmonies straight outta 1993. As you await the record’s release and Buffalo Tom’s April 8 gig at the Paradise, grab the MP3 below.
DOWNLOAD: Buffalo Tom "Guilty Girls" [mp3]