Fast-rising Texan rockers THE OXYS have a brand new video which they're premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The explosive, fast-burning 'Mr Horrible' is the first taster for the Austin quintet's second album Generation Irrelevant which arrives swiftly on the heels of last year's incendiary debut A Date With The Oxys, which with its high energy hybrid of punk and rock marked them out as a band to watch.
"It's about Sid Vicious," explains guitarist Jason 'Ginchy' Kottwitz of the new single. "Freddie Mercury called Sid Vicious 'Mr Ferocious', because when Sid first met Freddie, Sid asked him if he had succeeded in bringing the ballet to the masses. Sid was clearly being a smartass and sassing Freddie. One time when Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) was staying at my house, he told me this story and got the name wrong. Instead of saying 'Mr. Ferocious', he was saying 'Mr. Horrible'. I found it charming and decided to write a song about Sid and stick with Sylvain's version of the name."
Recorded at Austin's Ice Cream Studios with producer/engineer Matt Parmenter and mastered by Jack Butcher, formerly frontman of lardcore legends Severed Head Of State, the album's speedy arrival is particularly astounding given that frontman PunkRockPhil Davis literally had to come out of a coma to make it!
"It's nothing short of a miracle the record was ever completed," Ginchy agrees. "His ability to come back from that and give a vocal performance with such
ferocity is mind blowing. Gabe [Von Asher, bass] and Rob [Williamson, drums] couldn't have been tighter as a rhythm section. I cannot wait to get this show on the road. The live show is punishing with the new material in the set.”
The new album also marks the debut of new rhythm guitarist Genocide. "She nails the guitar parts, and is applying her talents in the areas of video, photography, marketing, and more," says Ginchy. "Plus she maintains a positive attitude when the struggle of being a musician becomes real. The Oxys are lucky to have her onboard. It’s already been suggested by fans that we change the name of the band to 'The Foxys'. I’m guessing they aren’t talking about me.”
Pic by David Brendan Hall