OX plus THE ASH AND THE OAK and BLIND RIVER SCARE
Wednesday 8th February 2012
Le Pub, Newport
Tickets £6 advance (stbf)
Doors open 7.30pm
“Tuco is the type of monumental leap that defines a band’s legacy. Forward thinking, massive in scope and success, focused and poignant; the imagery, big cars, West Coast sun, strip malls, and isolation – with themes of open road and heartache. Subtly and confidently, Tuco changes the landscape of Canadiana.” HEROHILL
“This lovely, skeletal follow-up feels more like a solo album – Mark Browning’s clear, lonely voice and acoustic guitar, given subtle accompaniment. You’ll hear echoes of Neil Young, Willie Nelson, even Woody Guthrie.” MOJO ****
From the opening mission statement of Neil Young’s ‘Out On The Weekend’, to its final atmospheric moments, Ox’s 5th album ‘tUCo’ meanders through its sonic explorations to arrive in twilight after an all night drive. No accident is out of place here- tape hiss, amp hum, bass drum rattle… the Ox noise machines are well oiled. It’s no wonder- with their first film work, Mark Browning and co sound to have gone full circle since their stunning debut, ‘Dust Bowl Revival’ in 2004. Never has the band sounded this focused, or this cinematic in its soundscapes while simultaneously presenting their most compelling songs to date. It’s Rhinestone Cowboy meets Bright Eyes with a sprinkle of The Flaming Lips.
Tickets £6.00 advance from We Got Tickets, or in person from Diverse Music in Newport, subject to minimal booking fee.