Sunday, 1 July 2012
The first time I heard Oxbow, I didn't like them. Admittedly it wasn't the full band, just guitarist Niko Wenner and vocalist Eugene Robinson performing some kind of stripped down avant garde howlfest in support of Isis when they toured the UK some years ago; but it was still an assault on the senses that I wasn't entirely prepared for.
Fast forward a few years, and I've legitimately acquired a free copy of the very excellent We Are Going To Track Down And Kill Vintage Claytah The Beard Burning Bastard by Manatees. The whole record's great, but the stand out track is The Pulp Cut; and the main reason is the guest vocals provided by none other than Eugene Robinson of Oxbow.
And so I go back and give Oxbow another go. And I'm still not sure if I like them, but I'll be damned if I can stop listening to them.
They sound kind of like Enablers, if Pete Simonelli was a sexually aggressive black man that spent all of his free time having bad acid freakouts in post apocalypse jazz clubs.