The Oswald Effect
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The Oswald Effect

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
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"Know The TOE"

"Seattle band The Oswald Effect blasts into the scene with their second release, "Love & Sabotage." The quartet plans on making sure you know and remember their name, and their music, with this extremely powerful CD. Lead singer Heath Bauer's voice seems to be caught in a torrid love triangle between his regular singing voice, powerful screaming and harmonious falsettos. He could remind some of U2's Bono or fellow Seattleite Zach Davidson, formerly of Vendetta Red and now of Sirens Sister. Bauer sings mostly in a regular tune, with a voice that is completely original without being over the top, occasionally flirting with the power that only a good razor sharp scream can create. This back and forth is most prominent in the song "Roxy Fly" where Bauer will go from screaming straight into a Bono-esque melody. The flirting comes to a boil in "KGB" when Bauer just gets down right nasty, belting out powerful screaming vocals all through out the chorus. The screams are poetic and strong, not just growling cookie monster grunts. Bauer is a very strong vocalist and the band behind him are no slouches either. Joshua Shepard's guitar lines on this album are both original and refined, creating twists and turns that take you on a trip through the song, not over it. The guitar stands on it's own, but also weaves beautifully with the rest of the music. Casey Brookbush's drums and Jon Carey's bass both ring out confidently, creating a rhythm that long precedes the band's history. The song "The Most Beautiful Spacesuit" sounds like if you took U2 and had them take music lessons from Motley Crue. Heavy yet melodic, artistic yet danceable. Bauer's other love interest, the falsetto, is never more prevalent than in this song. The album concludes with the song "Simple Salvation," a track that sounds like a combination of Billy Idol and Bullets & Octane. The rock in this one is pure and thick and sweaty, just the way it should be. I almost forgot to mention the best part about this CD; IT'S FREE! The band is giving it away for free download over at their website, or you can purchase the actual thing for $8. The Oswald Effect's music is genuine, unique and fun and is definitely worth a listen. Hell... I even probably would have paid." - Taylor Bartle, pugetsoundnoise.com


"Balls of Fury"

The Oswald Effect capture a broad range of influences and come out the other end with a unique blend of cool on their self-released debut LP Battle Hymns of the Fifth Column. The album is a dark jest at the power of money and the corruption of humanity, on which T.O.E. tackle a bizarre array of grim topics – from incest to assassination – in an eleven-song tongue twister.

T.O.E.’s sound is rich with the warm crunch of loudly ringing guitars. Heath Bauer’s vocals are insanely raw at times, swinging from crawling word play into jaguar screams at the drop of a sixteenth note.

Bauer’s battle-scream singing style transforms this avalanche manifesto into a story of death, pain, fear and betrayal. The words tend to fly by as you sit back and let the coffin-nail tight rhythm section pound you into submission. And the band’s engine roars under the glowing flurry of notes guitarist Aaron Walters fires off among Bauer’s vocal licks.
- P.W. Richards/ Nada Mucho


"Love & Sabotage"

The Oswald Effect seize on a raw but focused sound on their new album Love and Sabotage. More hard rock than punk, these songs defend a vitriolic energy from the get go. Here is a ....Seattle.... four piece that can play. While not a carbon copy, this band’s sound is very ..Queens.. of the Stone Age. Even vocally, standout front man Heath Bauer pulls between Josh Homme’s falsetto and ex-Toadies preacher Todd Lewis’s formidable tuned-in scream. The buzz saw guitars, confident drumming, and acid vocals don’t do a lot of stunts, but Love and Sabotage is enduringly consistent: Songs go from loud to louder. And album production is solid. Opening track “Lie to the People” is a good start. But track 2, “The Names They Seem to Stick”, delivers a catchy, solid performance. It’s a quick standout. The Oswald Effect isn’t shy about their politics, like here when Bauer sings, “Did you think the youth would stand aside? / Eventually they’ll figure out you lied / so poke ‘em with a stick in a patriotic cage / raising the young to be a slave to the wage”. But most of the album’s lyrics favor the abstract, choosing poetry over protest. A few tracks are disjointed, like “A Threat of Something Good” and “KGB”. But the band is talented enough to pull it off anyway. Besides, hard rock fans will savor the vocals. “The Most Beautiful Space Suit” hits a high mark with the chorus, “Watcha gonna do to change the world?” Tracks like this put Bauer up front, showing he can deliver even vapid lyrics with conviction. The album’s later tracks, like “The Nothing” and “Elephants”, reign it in a little, if only briefly, to work at a more pop-friendly sound. But they do so without pulling a 180. The volume and energy don’t get lost in the fray. The Oswald Effect’s second release, Love and Sabotage, is a solid hard rock album from start to finish. Loud, mad, feisty and full of attitude. Try it out." - adequacy.net


Discography

"Love & Sabotage" LP 2008
"Battle Hymns of the Fifth Column" LP 2004

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It's 2010. We are still The Oswald Effect. Seattle, WA is still our home. We still make music we love and play it for whoever wants to listen. We've been doing that for a long time. Our band is better than most marching bands. Our singer is a singer. Our drummer has a beard shaped like a Flying V. Our guitarists eat really healthy shit. Our bass player is way sweatier than the average bass player. We're gonna have a killer new record to share with you later this year. It's gonna knock your socks off!

Enough about us, here's what some other nice folks have said about us:

"The Oswald Effect seize on a raw but focused sound on their new album Love and Sabotage. More hard rock than punk, these songs defend a vitriolic energy from the get go. Here is a Seattle four piece that can play.Love and Sabotage is enduringly consistent. Songs go from loud to louder and album production is solid. A solid hard rock album from start to finish. Loud, mad, feisty and full of attitude." - adequacy.net

"In listening to Love & Sabotage you'll encounter stinging guitars with appealing rhythms, pounding drums, intelligent lyrics and rich standout vocals. If you took the voice of Ian Astbury from The Cult mixed it with a little Robert Smith from The Cure and added a splash of Glen Danzig you would come pretty close to the sound and range of singer Heath Bauer. Love & Sabotage will be finding its way back to my cd player." - antimusic.com

"Next to the band's website, the members included the phrase "we invite to you to think." This is fitting, for the Oswald Effect is not your typical rock band with some punk influences. These four guys who call Seattle home fashion songs with well crafted lyrics and intricate musicianship. This is a band that can challenge the listener with complicated songs but never allows themselves to stray far from the beauty of pure adrenaline. A very worthwhile record." - jerseybeat.com

"For a moment, it seemed like Rocket from the Crypt might well become one of the most influential bands ever. Okay, so maybe it was just a second. The Oswald Effect, though, was paying attention all those years ago. These high-energy, slightly off-kilter blisterpaks make for exhilarating listening." - aidabet.com

"The Oswald Effect are four guys with something to say and the talent to back it up. They also have a good sense of humor and wild abandonment that is nice to hear. At times the band sound a bit like The Cult and at other times a bit like Queens Of The Stone Age. Definitely College Radio friendly music."
- punkglobe.com