Peel Session: Oxes (2002)
Oxes are an instrumental/post-rock band from Baltimore who formed in 1999 and to date have released two full lengths and a number of sold out EPs and singles. They're an important part of Baltimore's 'Rowdy Collective', a group of bands and artists known for causing practical jokes and public disturbances around the city, and indeed the band have a rather perverse sense of humour, for example releasing a split record under the name Oxes/Arab On Radar where the second side of the record was in fact Oxes again impersonating the band Arab On Radar. The crazy FOOLS.
Live they're known for standing in the audience directly in front of members of the audiences to try to make them feel uncomfortable, and for a number of other japes and stunts, some of which are discussed on the band's wiki. Luckily they've got some pretty ace music to go with the stunts. Fans of Battles or Shellac should definitely check these guys out, as they do a number of similar things without sounding too alike.
This was the first of two sessions that the band recorded for Peel, and it was put down on tape on the 29th September 2002 with producer Rupert Flindt and engineer Jerry Smith. Enjoy.
Oxes - 01 Riki Creem (Peel session)
Oxes - 02 Top Tucker (Peel session)
Oxes - 03 Take Care, The Song (Peel session)
Oxes - 04 Love For The First Time (Peel session)