Happy new year Oxford! How was it for you? This is our first post of 2012 and we’re eager to make it one to remember, so it is with great pleasure to announce that on Saturday 21st January, OMB will present a night of live music at the Port Mahon. The evening will be headlined by Oxford’s recent Alcopop! signees Gunning For Tamar. The rest of the bill is made up by Southampton based math-rock trio Apollo’s Arrows, and two more acts from Oxford; The Old Grinding Young and Listing Ships.
Tickets are superbly priced at £3 each and are available from the Ticket Store. There are free guest-list spots for the first 10 people who post a daft/silly/funny Youtube video on the Facebook Event’s wall (well, what are you wating for?). Each ticket holder will recieve a uniquely designed lino-print ticket (tickart?). There will be a few tickets available on the door, but due to the small size of the venue we strongly suggest buying them in advance.
The event will kick off what promises to be a very fruitful year ahead for all the bands on the bill. Oxford math-rock champions on the rise Gunning For Tamar capped off a terrific 2011 by signing to Alcopop! Records off the back of their marvellous EP release Deaf Cow Motel (which we subsequently named our 8th favourite Oxfordian release of the year). Worthy headliners for any gig showcasing the very best of Oxford and a band destined for great things in 2012.
Second on the bill are Southampton’s Apollo’s Arrows who very music share a similar musical lineage to the headliners; expect tricky guitar lines and off-kilter time-signatures (a distinct nod to bands such as This Town Needs Guns) with passionate, thoroughly impressive vocals.
The new project of ex-Ute frontman Ollie Thomas, The Old Grinding Young combine the sometimes terrifying and often hilarious vaudevillian narratives which made Ute such a unique band with further focus on the poetry of Ollie’s lyrics. There aren’t any recordings up on t’internet just yet, so if you’re intrigued to hear TOGY you’ll have to come along on the 21st won’t you!
The honour of opening the night’s entertainment falls upon the broad shoulders of Oxford post-rock instrumentalists Listing Ships. Showcasing material from their recent release, The 100 Gun Ship, the Port Mahon will be battening down the hatches as Listing Ships pile up layer after layer of distorted guitars and seasick-inducing synth noise.
We hope to see you there!