Forever the songwriting outlet of Philadelphian Dan Forrest, Buddie is a 3-piece band now based in Vancouver, BC, Canada that writes fuzzy, poppy, rock songs about environmental and social justice and simply trying to be a good person.
After the success of LP1 Diving (2020), which featured critical nods from Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, WXPN and many others, the band returned to the studio to record all of the music that had been brewing since recording their first album. The next batch of songs, nearly 20 in total, was recorded with a sense of urgency in mid-2021 as Dan Forrest moved to Vancouver shortly after to begin a graduate degree in sustainability.
Since the move, Dan has reassembled the band, performed at festivals Music Waste and Sled Island (opening for Built to Spill), and even did a live session at radio station CiTR 101.9 FM. Buddie also shared the 4-song EP Transplant in December 2022 to formally introduce themselves to the Vancouver scene. They celebrated its release by sharing a bill with Dead Soft (Arts & Crafts) and were even recognized on “The Eh! List,” curated by Exclaim!
Buddie will be releasing LP2 Agitator this April. Central themes or the album revolve around healthy communication, trust, anxiety, living in the moment, sense of place, joy in resistance, growth, change, dystopia, classism, mutual aid, among other things. Al Menne of Great Grandpa provided harmonizing vocals on a handful of tracks including lead single “We’ll Never Break,” a heartwarming track about trust and reassurance in relationships. Other singles “Worried” and “Class Warfare” are rooted more in pandemic anxiety and modern classism as the world around us continues to change rapidly. Needless to say, Buddie is back doing Buddie things, and Agitator is packed full of earworm choruses, “loud-quiet-loud,” bubblegrunge, and 90s influenced indie rock.
Buddie - AgitatorApril 21, 2023
Buddie - TransplantDecember 2, 2022
Buddie - DivingAugust 4, 2020