WORDS : BECTON SIMPSON
By all accounts 2020’s been a bit of a rough year so far but emerging from the ashes of COVID-19 and the destroyed statues of racists are 4-piece NYC rebels Oxymorrons. Although they are a band of two brothers and two friends have been together since 2016 it’s their recent signing with Jason Aaron Butler’s label 333 Wrecklords that has got people finally talking about them in all the right places. “We slid into Jason’s DM’s because we thought he was cute,” the guys told us. “He sent back a heart emoji and then bing bam boom we signed, haha.”
We have dealt with everything the industry has thrown at us,Especially being a full POC band in the rock space. It hasn’t been easy
Informing us of their intention to drop a full-length via the label post-COVID and “tour till we’re 50” they added, “we are antsy to get back out there. We got a ton of music in the chamber ready to go and we will be hitting the road hard in 2021.” They’ve been keeping themselves busy during lockdown “smoking crack and drinking beers. No, just kidding. More like writing songs and growing beards” and have a ton of songs ready to go, but the road from their 2016 first commercial release ‘Complex But Basic’ to current single ‘Justice’ (out now via 333 Wrecklords) has been a long and sometimes arduous one.
“We have dealt with everything the industry has thrown at us,” the guys explained. “Especially being a full POC band in the rock space. It hasn’t been easy…Musically, bending genres wasn’t always widely accepted when this journey began.” Oxymorrons infectious, upbeat and in-your-face mix of hip hop and punk is certainly the type of thing that seems to be more popular within the industry these days, and with good reason too since the genres have way more in common than some people might think. “Both genres have always shared a rebellious energy,” the band reflected. “Working from the bottom of society and moving up. Being anti establishment. Mohawks and du-rags for the win!”
The industry should be more accepting of the people who have historically poured into it on every level, the people who have been profited off of, but not profited enough themselves
As they also pointed out, their very existence was an act of political rebellion right from the start. “We are a group of black and brown people doing rock and roll in a space that is predominantly white.” But with the fight for Black Lives Matter spreading all round the globe and people everywhere screaming for change, it’s about time we, as a music industry, actively helped to make the changes we want to see. “The industry should be more accepting of the people who have historically poured into it on every level, the people who have been profited off of, but not profited enough themselves,” said the band, which is certainly a fair statement considering the contribution to our rich music history made by black artists over the years. Oxymorrons have consistently used their album and single artwork to help perpetuate that message in their visuals, satirising famous album covers by the likes of The Beatles and Queen. “Rock and roll is black…We are reclaiming our culture.” Lyrically they’re putting across some important messages too and are unafraid to say what needs to be said, with their key message to everyone else out there wanting to support this movement being to “keep thinking, keep being yourselves, keep working together, and keep fighting.”
Another band who’s never shied away from fighting and activism are Fever 333, and now Oxymorrons are proud and excited to be part of the family and movement who make up Wrecklords, to speak out about the wrongs they see in the world and do their part as artists, musicians and all round good humans to incite change. “Whether used for good or bad, art always reflects the times and the people. It’s a force within movements always. We are just trying to be on the right side of it…We are part of the movement and always have been. We are a crew and we move as crew with 333. We elevate each other and do all we can for the culture.” Ultimately though, Oxymorrons main goals are all about “reclaiming our space in rock. Seeing more people that look like us in the scene.”
There’s a new punk revolution on the horizon.