Oficina di Buenaventura – Castelfranco Veneto

16/10 The Vaz 19/10 Oxes

THE VAZ (Los Angeles, GSl / Load records, www.thevaz.com)
ARCTIC UNIVERSE (uno di loro)
wwww.buenaventura.it | 389 0748902

OXES (da Baltimora, Monitor records. Noise math rock)
wwww.buenaventura.it | 389 0748902

Paul e Jeff si incontrano per la prima volta al college nei primi anni novanta e iniziano a suonare insieme in numerosi gruppi, tra cui gli Hammerhead, che intorno al 1995 diventano uno dei gruppi di punta della scena di Amphetamine Reptile. Sotto il nome di Vaz migrano a Los Angeles e suonano incessantemente su e giù per la costa ovest; inziano ad avere un approccio teatrale alla musica, come sottolinea il primo disco “Demonstrations in Micronesia”. Nel 2002 si trasferiscono a New York e da qui partono numerosi tour in compagnia di gruppi come Lighting Bolt e Pink & Brown; nello stesso anno l’etichetta Gold Standard Labs (!!!, arab on radar, the locust, mars volta) si mette in contatto e da lì a poco esce lo strepitoso “Dying to meet you”, che porta i Vaz da qualche parte tra i Sonic Youth di “Daydream nation” e gli Arab On Radar di “Soak the saddle”.

* “hey one cell/no leaf dover” 7” – reptilian records 1998 http://www.reptilianrecords.com
* split 7” con Enemymine – thin the herd records 1999 http://www.thintheherdrecords.com
* “demonstrations in micronesia” lp – thin the herd records 2000
* “demonstrations in micronesia” cd – load records 2001 http://www.loadrecords.com
* split 7” con Sicbay – learning curve records 2001 http://www.learningcurverecords.com
* “keep frozen” cd compilation – perverted son records 2001 http://www.pervertedson.com
* “if the 21st century didn’t exist, it would be…” cd comp – 5rc records 2002 http://www.5rc.com
* “dying to meet you” cd/lp – gold standard labs/x-mist 2002 – http://www.goldstandardlabs.com http://www.x-mist.de
* split cd con Seawhores – essay records 2003 – http://www.essay.com

“Noise hard math rock è la definizione entro cui convogliare il sound di questi tre pazzi (Dr. Windsor Castle, Prison e New York City) provenienti da Baltimora (…). Brani strumentali, frutto di due chitarre e una batteria (…). Un po’ immischiati con il giro di Chicago, un po’ seventies hard rock, un po’ Don Caballero, un po’ Sweep The Leg Johnny (senza però alcuna patina progressive) e un po’ free, non sono semplici replicanti, ma abili costruttori di un sound pesante, che non conosce cali di tensione, sprigiona energia a iosa e poggia su strutture sonore che non crolleranno mai. Fenomenali!” (www.musicclub.it)

“This is amazing – make no mistake! Truly amazing. Not only is their name wrong, but their music is so wrong it HAS to be right… what can I say? This is perhaps the most post-modern rock’n’roll music that’s ever been made.” – BBC Radio

“Eardrum-shattering, technically awesome math rock; listen and become the coolest outcast at your school.” -Alternative Press

Raised on the champion streets of Baltimore, the OXES have grown over the last several years to become one of the most innovative and exciting bands recording and touring today. Earning every penny, the OXES have been heralded by the likes of John Peel, Shellac, WIRE (the band), the British press, and fans abound. The best part is the OXES epidemic has only begun.

Combining the energy of three very talented musicians in a pyramid of extremism, moderation, and jokes, the OXES have created a tri-force of rock’n’roll fury. Marco Mirror and Nettarino Fowler patrol on two wireless hand made guitars (built by ABC studios) while Han Sum pounds away on his denim covered drum kit. Bass-less, but not top heavy, the OXES fill all voids with HUGE riffs, all HUGE riffs with voids, the claw technique, and amazing percussion. Yes their music is technical, but it isn’t a wankfest, it is pure rock’n’roll like feel your bones.

The OXES began their recording career with a 7″ on Reptilian Records and a split with Big’n on Box Factory Records. These two hard to find goodies were teasers for the first release which came out the summer of 2000 on Monitor Records. Chock full of riffage, and Zep meets AC~DC stadium anthems, the OXES s/t full length debut became an instant classic.

After steady touring the OXES released their first piece of controversy. They put out a 10″ lp on Wantage with who was supposed to Arab on Radar, instead it was 100% OXES. Unknowing to everyone, the record was released causing a stir among fans and the involved parties. Lawsuits were threatened and many fans were outraged over the OXES alledgedly imitating AOR and trying to sell it as legitimate split release. After months of message board banter and e-mails back and forth, the dust settled.

But to change the subject, controversy for the OXES was not over. After recording their second full length with Bob Weston (Shellac) the OXES decided they would challenge themselves to make a more interesting artwork concept. As with all good ideas, it was destined to be misinterpreted.

Like the AOR release, beginning again by having the artwork become an extension of the confrontation of OXESâ live shows, coupled with telling the press that the protest was real; ended in sometimes interesting, sometimes hilarious results.

Yes, the artwork scandalâ was a big topic of conversation, but in the end it was the music that held up the OXES second full length, OXXXES, as one of 2002’s best releases. This second full length, captures the OXES with all of the rock as the first record, with a pinch more punk and pop and lock and hop. Beginning with accolades by the British Press (see WIRE, NME, Q, etc.), BBC Radio (click here for the live John Peel Session), fans at the All Tomorrow’s Party Festival in the UK, the OXES began their XXX crusade in triumph.

Following a brief summer break the OXES are back out on the road, strategically advancing across the Greenland USA, proving you don’t have to be from New York Cityâ to “bring back rock’n’roll” as the press spins it.