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Monday, October 8, 2012

New Band To Burn One To: ONLY LIVING BOY



They’ve been called “the band The Black Keys are too afraid to become” (ninebullets.net), and judging from the road they’ve taken, who the hell would want to be Only Living Boy? Thanks to their hometown’s suspension between Pennsylvanian woods and New York City concrete, Only Living Boy’s Northwest New Jersey roots help define its sound and attitude— gritty and hard-nosed with a well worn sophistication.

Prepping to release a trio of EPs over the course of the next 6 months OLB’s sound now drifts closer to the attitude and weight of Black Sabbath and Hawkwind, the stoner sludge of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss and the experience and mood evident in the Tom Waits/Mark Lanegan inspired vocals. The first single, “Spread Your Butter”, is a stoner rock sock hop, Eagles of Death Metal would blush to put out.

The trio of EPs will all be released under the band’s own Wurli Records label with each EP grounded in a different theme.

As the blog Pop-Break recently put it..."Only Living Boy might be named after a Paul Simon song, but this band will not be politely strumming their guitars about the sounds of silence — they will be breaking a bottle of whiskey over your head and melting your face off with pure rock fury."


" After gaining some exposure from the placement of their song "My Heart Is Burning" on the new A&E series LONGMIRE in early September and a recent best unsigned band award in High Times Magazine in August, the band looks to firmly plant themselves as a band to contend with. Having released two LP's and two singles (one on 7" vinyl) the band has started to gravitate towards a heavier stoner sound. Judging from the 2 song "single" released on their Bandcamp site, the band are no slouches when it comes to writing catchy stoner rock ditties. The first tune "Spread Your Butter" is a rollicking fuzzy stoner stomp that will blow your socks off, while the flip side "Scrambled Eggs" has a little more of a grunge flair. I love this band's diversity. You will be hearing more from Only Living Boy, I guarantee it! Keep an eye out for the first of two more EPs (tentatively titled "Fuck Metal") due out Nov. 27th."

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