Awesome: Oxes Are Back for Real
Itâ€™s been five years since the math-metal band of merry pranksters known as Oxes dropped some new riffage for us to savor. In the years following guitarist Nat Fowlerâ€™s departure for Italy, which he later left for Berlin, guitarist Marc Miller would go on to ply his trade in the â€śno-jazzâ€ť group Microkingdom, and drummer Chris Freeland would eventually develop his Beat Babies studios to become a local recording and production powerhouse.
Well, after playing rare gigs at last yearâ€™s Whartscape and an August date at the Windup Space, the band is set to release two 12-inch singles in May, titled â€śCrunchy Zestâ€ť and â€śOrange Jewelryist,â€ť on the label Africantape and tour Europe. There are two versions of the song â€śOrange Jewelryistâ€ť floating around, a truncated three-and-a-half minute â€śradio editâ€ť (lol?) and a nearly-six-and-a-half minute slow-building epic. The former is merely the latter with both ends whittled away. No matter, the meat and guts of the thing is a slow-tempo jam that plods along with plenty of metal god shredding from Miller and Fowler, at one point featuring one playing a buzzsaw riff while the other twists and contorts notes to ring like an air raid sirenâ€™s manic shriek. Freeland is mostly there to keep steady time, occasionally throwing in great little fills, until the last third, when he unleashes pounding percussion for a wall of guitar wails that eventually give way to power chords.
Hear both versions below.
<a href=”http://africantapegroup.bandcamp.com/track/oxes-orange-jewelryist” mce_href=”http://africantapegroup.bandcamp.com/track/oxes-orange-jewelryist”>Oxes<br /> "Orange Jewelryist" by AFRICANTAPEGROUP</a>