Buckfast were initially conceived in San Francisco, Ca. in 2003 by founding members, guitarist Vic Belonogoff, singer Rian Riddle and drummer Cormac Breslin. Belonogoff was a San Francisco native, with Riddle who had moved from Boise, Idaho in 1999 and Breslin from Kells in Ireland in 2001. After developing their sound, they wrote and recorded a 6-track EP (self-titled) at the famed 'Plant Studio' in Sausalito, Ca. in 2004, under the guidance of reputed engineer / producer Dave Schiffman (Audioslave, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, System Of A Down) That same year, the three sat down to think about their future plans and eventually decided to relocate to the vibrant music scene of Los Angeles, fearing that things had started to slow down in the bay area. The move to LA paid instant dividends as fresh inspiration from their new surroundings prompted tracks to be written for their first full-length album. With the album almost written, Buckfast completed their lineup with the addition of bassist Beau Caldwell who had moved to LA from Illinois in 2002. Buckfast began recording their debut album Turn in July 2005 at The Boat studio in Silverlake, Ca., again with Schiffman, who had helped hone the sound of the band to create a unique blend of sometimes aggressive, yet melodic and original rock. The recording sessions then moved to The Steakhouse studio followed by LAFX in North Hollywood, Ca., where the 11 track album was completed. With the imminent release of Turn, Buckfast believe they have finally captured their collective ideas of how rock music should both excite listeners but also make them think about the stories and ideas behind the writing. The songs represent everyday life and the struggles and triumphs we all encounter and hopefully each listener can relate to all or even some of them. With a well established, high-octane live show and loyal and growing following, Buckfast are planning to hit the road soon to promote their new release - Stay tuned for more...
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