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Oxes are an instrumental math rock band from Baltimore formed in the late 90's. The band consists of Natalio Fowler on guitar, Marc Miller on guitar, and Christopher Freeland on drums. All members are part of the "Baltimore Rowdy Collective" which is a group that like to make practical jokes, making ruckus in public places and all sorts of mischief. This kind of attitude is also reflected in the band's music. In their early live shows both guitarists stood in large black boxes so they can be above the crowd. This act was "a nod to the superiority complexes of a rock band". The band members had a strong stage presence and sometimes even memoral like in their 2005 South By Southwest Festival where at the end of the show boxes toppled down into the audience from a jungle-like stage above the audience. Other outlandish performances was when Natalio Fowler ran naked from one place to another at the end of the show.

The band's strangest release was their split with Arab Strap. Oxes played the first side of the split while the second side was played by, well, Oxes. They where impersonating Arab Strap not only by name, but musically as well. Oxes later released the split without the other band knowing about it.

Highly recommended for fans of math rock and people wanting to get into the genre as well.


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Discography:
Oxes, studio album (2000)
Oxxxes, studio album (2002)
Oxes, EP (2005)
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2000
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2002

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 Oxes by OXES album cover Studio Album, 2000
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Oxes Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Atavachron
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— First review of this album —
2 stars From the first cut, this debut reveals a band that is brutally frank in its rejection of any pretense other than a love of rock rhythms-- ugly, loud, filthy, and highly inconsiderate, Oxes are a postrock nightmare and this 2000 release was both scandalous and bold. The Baltimore trio could easily be mistaken for a punk band after a two-day crank binge and will send most progsters running for the high hills, as this first album shows repetitious patterns, mood swings, violent tendencies and predictable chaos. And no vocals at all. The music is a desperate cry for help, an ugly baby no one wants... completely alive, spontaneously resourceful and hideously interesting. There are some variations as in 'And Giraffe, Natural Enemies' with its anti-epic ambition and acoustic interlude, but this is one pissed off band who don't seem to care if you're listening or not. A strong two stars.

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 Oxxxes by OXES album cover Studio Album, 2002
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Oxes Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Atavachron
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— First review of this album —
3 stars One of the best Math rock groups in the United States, Oxes are the Baltimore guitar/drums/guitar combo of Natalio Fowler, Chris Freeland and Marc Miller. Finding a gnarly but musical mix of heavy metal riffing, obsessive drone-core and the decaying garbage smells of punk rock, the trio crash the party with mosh pit come-ons and slamdance provocations. And though they tend to spit in your general direction, these oxen have guts and play some bitchin, complex rock music. Killer roughage hums on 'Boss Kitty' and starts to get slightly woozy, this band's trademark "we may sound drunk but we'll play you under the table" attitude perfect in this opening cut. 'Half, Half and Half' gets weird and pokes fun at their arithmetic pedigree revealing a deeper sound palette, some kickin' old-fashioned club thrash for 'Kaz Hayashi', and a Don Cab-style calculus proof in 'Chyna, Chyna, Chyna'. The great progcore 'Tony Baines' is a highlight with many rises, shifts and falls, finishing with eleven minute 'Russia is Here'.

If Robert Fripp had been younger, angrier and crazier when King Crimson recorded 'Red' we might have gotten something close to this, and if you have doubts about this upstart form of rock and even less faith that these bands are progressive, you might want to take a listen.

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