TUE, AUG 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

O C T O B E R 1 0 - OXFORD COLLAPSE - Remember the Night Parties (CD/LP)

In the past year, Brooklyn’s Oxford Collapse have toured relentlessly with bands such as We Are Scientists, The Joggers, Part Chimp, The Narrator, and labelmates the Constantines, working full-time to put forth shambolic, electrifying performances. In June the band headed into the studio to work with acclaimed producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Hold Steady) for their third full-length and Sub Pop debut (after 2004’s Some Wilderness and 2005’s A Good Ground, both on Kanine Records). The end result is a record showcasing the band’s finely honed skill for composing catchy, earnest, guitar-based post-punk-pop. Remember the Night Parties is emblematic/symptomatic of the promise and adventure of summers spent free and wild and young. This whirlwind of heat and flash is summed up perfectly by the band’s signature sound—a sustained, freewheeling nod to the great ghosts of American independent rock (fIREHOSE, Meat Puppets and Volcano Suns come to mind)—realized by the lean, nimble trio of guitarist Michael Pace, bassist Adam Rizer and drummer Dan Fetherston.

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson