Once again I'm sitting at home with my dog Cadence on a lazy
Sunday afternoon, just listening to music and reading Douglas
Adams. I had some simpering art rock band in the player that
I was only half listening to, when Cadence let out a big sigh,
put her head on my arm, looked at me and said, "Remember
that one time a few months ago when you reviewed that band the
Narrator, and the music made me tear up my pillow?"
"Of course I do, Cadie," I responded, "We both
love that band."
"Well, I want you to put on another band like that."
"But Cadence, you don't have anymore pillows to tear up."
"That's ok; I'll just tear up yours."
After coming to this conclusion, we fished through the albums
I had to review and pulled out the most promising of the lot:
Some Wilderness by Oxford Collapse. Anything with
the words "Collapse" and "Wilderness" has
to be at least a little bit kickass, right? In this case, the
title does not belie the music. Cadence had her pillow-destroying
Sometimes sounding like the Pixies, sometimes Sonic
Youth, sometimes Mission of Burma, and sometimes even
Devo, these kids rock it old school, but with a fresh sense
of humor. Titles like "Totally Gay, Totally Fat" are
perfect examples of the band's collective headspace. Mike Pace's
fitful vocals provide a focal point for the band's high-spirited
adventurousness, while the instruments usually do most of the
actual storytelling. The sparse lyrics on many of the tracks merely
emphasize what the music is already saying. It is this topsy-turvy
approach to songwriting that makes Oxford Collapse more than just
another indie rock band; they remind us that you don't have to
wear safety pins in your ears to be punk rock.
Here's my suggestion for the next step: Oxford Collapse needs
to tour with Detachment Kit and the Panthers, and
they can call their tour "Brooklyn Destroys America."
At each show, the bands can try their best to out-sweat, out-scream,
and out-sarcasm their tour mates, and let the audience decide
who wins. I would go... wouldn't you?
- Emily Strong
2. 1991 Kids
3. Money You Have Is Maybe Too Little
4. Cumberland Gap
5. Melting the Ice Queen
6. Totally Gay, Totally Fat
7. Back in Com Again
8. For Buds, Not Boston
9. General Hospital
10. Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night
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