well now, ain't this a surprise??? it seems i do have some faithful readers out there!!! thank you all soooooooo much for checkin' in on me and my obsession with writing whatever comes to mind. as of right now, what's happenin' is this oncoming winter storm. i think it's either hitting tonight or tomorrow night, so i better get this post down asap!!! good thing i'm in such a happy mood at the moment as well, because if i wasn't then this post would have been put on the back burner...
let's see, so far it's been an extremely awesome weekend. me and kristy hung out friday night and ate dinner with some of her family then watched movies together. i got her to check out Evil Dead II for the first time!!! lol oh, and she made me watch, Easy A, which actually wasn't all that bad. on saturday i tried out this new sushi place near my house and it was pretty darn good. oh, and then i wandered over to the local buy for less grocery store and got a ticket to see Jimmy Eat World live at the diamond freekin' ballroom!!! seriously, i felt like i was 16 all over again. oh, and while i was there, i got to hang out with several local buddies whom i've met from going to so many concerts around here. it's pretty cool when you get to meet new people who are a part of this whole network of local artists trying to make their way in the scene. there were guys from local bands, Streets of Thieves, John Moreland and the Blackgold Band and Red City Radio. a most excellent night indeed, but to top it all off, matt, lead singer from another local favorite of mine, Over Stars and Gutters, gave me permission to write about them on my blog and post their tunes, so big thanks to the guy and his band mates. let's get started shall we???
so, like i said, the band i'm currently going to write is named, Over Stars and Gutters and they are awesome. ya digg???
a quick apology for the photo above since the band has had a major lineup change since then, but it was the only black and white photo i could find and for some reason, i think black and white pics are timeless and add a certain mystique to the bands. anyway, OSAG are a local four piece band that started back in 2007. i first got to know matt and his gang from a friend i met at community college. that guy was named richard and he played in a local ska/punk band named, Third Grade Scuffle. matt was the lead singer for them, so that's how this whole thing got started. i went to a few shows before the band kind of disappeared, (moved on i'd say...) and for a little while there was nothing going on. the oklahoma city music scene seemed to be at this standstill and all the venues that catered to punk rock and DIY ethics closed down. (green door R.I.P.) so yeah, i moved on to college in santa fe and lost track of my home state for about four years. not many shows in between, just stuff in new mexico which i hated for the most part. so, to get to the point, i graduated, came back, and discovered what had happened in the mean time. matt went on to form OSAG and other local acts popped up like the one's mentioned way up above. i was pleasantly surprised...
"orgcore" had entered into my vocabulary thanks to the fine folks at punknews.org and the org summit. the gruff style of singing that's been made famous by acts like, Leatherface, Hot Water Music and American Steel, has evolved into this kind of virus that's spread across the world and many bands are making good use of it. not to pigeonhole any band on here with a sort of copy-cat mark, it's all meant for the good and when i post about it, you can assure i mean well. i don't want to spend my time posting on bands i don't like, so bleh...
OSAG are orgcore, but also special in their overall attitude and style. it's bittersweet emotion mixed with temperamental shifts and that's exciting to me. there's the punk rawness of matt's voice and the personal lyrics that are sung with heartfelt meaning. it has this overall feeling of youth and passion that has been built up for so long and then finally set free. you get this sometimes when listening to certain band's first recordings. it's a special quality that's rare and you won't find it on mxtxvx. needless to say, this is good music and i'm proud of these guys for sticking it out and playing their tunes, not matter what age or time we all find ourselves in.
and so we finally come to the music. skipping their split casette with the band, Virgins, in first place is their wonderful debut album, Consider This Your Curse and after that is their new 2010 demo. this latter piece is certified fresh and i'm stoked to check it out. matt mentioned about how it's more straightforward and uptempo, what, with the new lineup and all, so yeah, totally boss. give these a listen and also check out these links to their sites. support local music ya newts!!!