Tired of listening to the same Deep Purple and Sabbath albums for the millionth time? Do you yearn for more of that rock ‘n roll with attitude that is all but vanished from popular music this day and age? Look no further because The Oldfield Victory brings some of the old school rock that people listened to in 1972 while getting high in the back of their van.
The Oldfield Victory is a four-piece band comprised of Jon Freeman (vocals and guitar), Paul Hagedorn (lead guitar), Dane Tanner (bass) and Casey Wallace (drums) who recently released a six-song EP entitled A Thousand Doors that is straight forward and to the point. There aren't many bells and whistles on this EP. No crazy production techniques just a band playing live in a room. In an oversaturated market where a surplus of rock bands sound like something my eight-year-old daughter would consider weak it’s nice to hear guys making music with a bit more testosterone.
The band exemplifies this with the first song “Wrecking Ball.” It’s a solid song with an anthemic chorus. Freeman sings “All night, she’s like a wrecking ball.” The song comes well equipped with a guitar solo and enough momentum to get things going in the right direction. They keep the energy up with “A Thousand Doors.” Waves of distorted guitar chords and cymbal crashes create a dynamic canvas for Freeman to sing against. As the EP progresses the band refuses to pull out an acoustic guitar and give us a tearjerker.
“She Disappears” has an ending that faceplants you into submission. It starts with a clean guitar but after a quick count off the band brings on an onslaught of mayhem with a wailing guitar that steamrolls and a rhythm section that puts you down for the count.
A Thousand Doors isn't an EP you pick up if you want to hear a band innovating rock. This is an EP that proudly wears its influences on its sleeve but packages original songs. Music fans that want stripped back, visceral rock ‘n roll have come to the right place.
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