My trawls of the web for new bands have been most fruitful of late, yielding as they have many excellent new discoveries. Because there’s so much good stuff, I’m going to start structuring my music posts a bit differently, picking a couple of new bands at a time from the latest crop, and spreading the posts out over a couple of weeks.
OXES is a sick three piece instrumental rock band from Baltimore, MD. Their music has elements of post rock, heaviness, riffs (memorable ones, too!), noise, a little mathiness, and a touch of prog, which reads like a list of Things That I Like in Rock Music. You can hear early Don Cab, Breadwinner, and RATM in there for sure.
One of the most interesting things about OXES is that they are a band who’s appeal is largely rhythmic, yet they lack half of a traditional rhythm section: two guitars up front, drums at the back, and no bass player. Testament, I suppose, to some of the best rhythm guitar playing I can think of. I have the OXES and OXXXES LPs, both of which have been very difficult to switch off. A vinyl copy of Bile Stbudy is on its way.
Or RMF for short. The band has a single album, Route 666, of which 666 copies were pressed in 1988. I have a thing for limited run, hand assembled vinyl already, so we’re off to a good start on the mojo front before even listening to the record. Apparently the band was part of the New York ‘Scum Rock’ scene in the late 80s, which looks to be an interesting corner to explore.
The disparate territory covered from track to track and sense of irony and humour throughout is very reminiscent of early Mothers recordings. This record has tape experiments, rock tracks, drum machines, garage punk, and it’s difficult not to be reminded of Burnt Weeny Sandwich when the album opens with an advert. (Of course, WPLJ was an expansion on a real commercial, and performed in earnest, while Highway to Hojos imagines a post apocalyptic trip to a family restaurant. It’s really good.)