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Buffalo Death Beam

A Note

Dearest band-mates, generous supporters, and (most of all) friends-

        First and foremost, thanks for everything you have done, continue to do, and will do to make the world a better place via the making and supporting of music. You’re probably thinking to yourself: this sounds like a goodbye note. If you did think that; you are most certainly correct. I am moving to Texas (tay-hoss) this August and am going to leave the state of Washington for good early in June. My last appearance with the band will be May 16th at the Tractor Tavern. I’ve been truly fortunate to get to be a part of something like Buffalo Death Beam. The entire experience is so compelling to me on so many levels that I often let my intensity get the best of me. This has led to the occasional blood-spattered drum set and many apologies over coffee and a pounding headache. The music and experiences we shared, albeit from different angles, shows the signs of a true and honest passion by its equal capacity to bruise and be bruised.

        Perhaps it is that bittersweet milieu of emotion that makes the moments, minutes, and hours we shared together some of the best memories of my life. There will always be that one time the kids that hardly knew each other made a band and I will never stop being humbled by your enthusiasm and endurance. While the feeling of leaving you behind is terrible, it reminds me of how truly fortunate I am to have something so precious to lose. Your friendship and support has kept me afloat through some of the most challenging years of my life and I will never forget that. Even if you did something very small (like saying “thanks for the music” to us after a show), you did something very good. My life is much richer for having shared it with all of you. Remember that we never live in isolation; your friendship, collaboration, and encouragement has made my world a more beautiful place. Thank-you for everything.

        With love,

            Christopher A. Kiahtipes

Whats up? We’ve got shows!

May 5th- Cinco de Mayo- Spokane, WA  @ Jones Radiator w/ Horse Thieves

May 6th- Moscow Ren Fair- Moscow, ID

May 16th- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern w/ Yarn and Red Heart Alarm

Treefort Music Festival

We are playing the treefort music festival March 22nd-25th

We are playing on March 22nd with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Pickwick and Holiday Friends. It is going to be awesome.
You can get your tickets here.

Upcoming shows

Upcoming Shows

  • Sat, Dec 10, 8pm @ The Parsonage in Moscow, ID (corner of 6th and Jefferson)
  • Sat. Dec 17th @ Great Pacific in Pendelton, OR
  • Sun. Dec. 18th, 8pm @ Ft. George Brewery in Astoria, OR.
  • Mon Dec. 19th Holiday Party in Tacoma, WA
  • Tues. Dec. 20th, 8pm @ The Tractor Tavern in Seattle.
  • Tue, Jan 24, 8pm @ The Bell Tower in Pullman

A video for Blue Blood

Made by Rick Oppegaard- same guy that took most of the great photos you see of the band.

Astoria, Seattle- we’re gunning for you!

Dec. 18th, 8pm @ Ft. George Brewery in Astoria.
Dec. 20th, 8pm @ The Tractor Tavern in Seattle.

See you there.

Last minute show posting

We’re playing tonight at Mootsy’s in Spokane. Hope to see you there. Here is more information:


-Buffalo Death Beam

Thank you

Thank you to everyone we met this last weekend and to all the people who came out to listen. It was one of the most fun weekends we’ve had together as a band. Thanks. Here are some pics, thanks to Rick O.


New Show in Pullman Added

September 2nd: Pullman, WA 8pm Bell Tower w/Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers + Charlie Sutton
September 3rd: Enterprise, OR noon Juniper Jam

The Case of the Yellow Suitcase

We here at Buffalo Death Beam are not perfect. No, from time to time we make mistakes just like celebrities. Usually, those mistakes come in the form of “forgetting our shit”. The Case of the Yellow Suitcase is one such instance, where we forgot our stuff in Snohomish for a show in Port Angeles – roughly 3 hours away. It wasn’t the first time we’d forgotten stuff for a show at this venue, either.

What you are about to see is possibly one of our more serious blunders, magically (and accidentally) caught on film. As the film begins, you will see the camera focused on our dear Sean Knox, doing some noise that he likes to make because it is funny. Suddenly, he ceases his comedic escapade and looks to the side. The camera pans to Curt, wearing quite the sad face. The saga of the Yellow Suitcase unfolds.

Some things to note:

The sad faces

The excessive facial hair touching/stroking

How good that one mopey Charlie Brown song would sound playing in the background

Anyway, we hope you enjoy. Here, in its entirety: The Case of the Yellow Suitcase. We apologize for the profanity – it was a stressful situation.

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