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ONEIDA is an improv rock outfit from Brooklyn/New York formed in 1997. Originally featuring Papa Crazy (guitar, vocals), Bobby Matador (keyboards), drummer Kid Millions, and Hanoi Jane (bass, guitar) they made a name for itself in the New York area with numerous live performances.The group took early cues from garage and punk bands, but went on experimental paths more and more. They recorded a lot of albums since then, including several EP's and split albums together with related bands. Their music comprises space, krautrock, electronic, noise, indie and shoegaze ingredients.

Repetition is the most prominent element to find in their music, often based on driving rhythms and maniac textures. A lot of collaborators, for example producer Barry London (synths, organ), contribute to the recordings. ONEIDA's debut 'A Place Called El Shaddai's' was released by Turnbuckle, followed by 'Enemy Hogs' in 1999. They changed to Jagjaguwar in 2000 and continued to produce at least one album per year. 'Anthem Of The Moon' (2001) should be the last to feature Papa Crazy, who split from the band afterwards.

September 2007 saw the group celebrating the 10th anniversary with a concert at the Contemporary Art Center in New York City. Shahin Motia (guitar) and Barry London seem to be permanent band members in the meanwhile. In June 2008 it was announced that the band would be releasing a triptych of new records. The first of these is 'Preteen Weaponry', which came out in August 2008 and consists of three lengthy improvisations. The second one 'Rated O' (2009) comes with three LP/CDs, each of them stylistically differing, often appointed as the band's creative peak so far.

ONEIDA are recommended to fans of experimental rock music with the emphasis on space/krautrock elements which are often presented with a special quirky attitude.

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ONEIDA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 4 ratings
A Place Called El Shaddai's
3.50 | 4 ratings
Enemy Hogs
3.40 | 5 ratings
Come On Everybody Let's Rock
3.20 | 5 ratings
Anthem Of The Moon
3.50 | 4 ratings
Each One Teach One
4.53 | 6 ratings
Secret Wars
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Wedding
3.75 | 4 ratings
Happy New Year
3.50 | 4 ratings
Preteen Weaponry
3.96 | 5 ratings
Rated O
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Green Corridor (split with Pterodactyl)
5.00 | 1 ratings
Absolute II
5.00 | 1 ratings
Collisions 02 (split with Mugstar)

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ONEIDA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Steel Rod
4.00 | 1 ratings
Nice Splittin Peaches

ONEIDA Reviews

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 Secret Wars by ONEIDA album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.53 | 6 ratings

Secret Wars
Oneida Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by bzfgt

5 stars This is their masterpiece, although all of their albums are good and several are great. Here is where they strike the perfect balance between appealing noise, psychedelic jamming, and strong songwriting. From a songwriting perspective, the (relatively) weakest tracks are the two side openers, which nevertheless are sonically engaging and in context fit the album well. The rest of the songs are great in every respect. The highlights for me are probably "Caesar's Column," which is probably the band's finest moment, and "Changes in the Sky" (which also seems to be called "Changes in the City" sometimes, I'm not sure which is correct, if one is a typo, or if they are just alternate titles). The latter is a repetitive freaky instrumental that is so perfect that it could be twice as long without eliciting any complaints from me.

Oneida is a really excellent band, one of the 21st century's finest. Their output is quite diverse, and sometimes whole albums seem like digressions, although generally they are fun and interesting ones. This is the album where they bear down and produce a focused, full bore masterpiece.

 Rated O by ONEIDA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.96 | 5 ratings

Rated O
Oneida Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars ONEIDA are a rock band with a strong experimental approach - no limits - they prove this with every new album which appears as a sonic exploration, beyond exception. Now 'Rated O' is the second effort of their 'Thank Your Parents' triptych - this time featuring three LPs respectively CDs, each of them stylistically differing. Mind you, very entertaining if you are keen on variety ... and oddness.

CD 1 represents their electronical playground basically with a hypnotic 40 minute trip, based on a blend of ... who the %*!# is this? ... dub, house and kraut elements ... possibly. The human factor is generously interpreted here with strange screaming statements. CD 2 though evolves into a rocking stoner psych direction with fantastic guitar work in generell. A haunting powerful outworking provided with several interfaces to garage/punk. Especially the song couple Ghost In The Room and Saturday is a worthy cause - tricky as no other.

CD 3 then is reserved for ONEIDA's spacey improv moments. O evolves to the RATED highlight - a floating piece of work, featuring a fantastic spirit! Sitar and guitar are harmonizing ... but also competing among themselves for the pole position in the same way ... decent organ loops in the background as well ... whilst Kid Millions adds a dramatic signature with his deep toned drum style.

The dark mooded and trancy End Of Time follows, embedded by two excellent space rock/kraut excursions, the first even coupled with raga elements. This reminds me of the Amon Düül 2 Yeti sessions in some way, great implementation! ONEIDA continue with the uptempo Folk Wisdom - twittering synths - walls, build up by space guitars, even comprising some really furious minutes in between where they offer a sweat-inducing performance for sure.

'Rated O' is an album which may leave one or two deeply caught in confusion. What is all the noise about? They must have already gone through all ups and downs you ever can imagine, so what will follow as for the third part of the triptych? Seriously - I'm really impressed! This is art, not junk. Okay - weird, hard to digest in parts, unique and inherently consistent anyhow. No risk, no fun! And don't forget to thank your parents!

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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