by Ysabella Monton
Your standard rock band is composed of a bassist, a drummer, and a guitarist; when said ensemble starts playing a funky, alt-infused intro, the audience waits attentively, overtaken by the tension of the spectacle: the frontman is about to come out.
Imagine the surprise of the captivated audience at The Knitting Factory when two imposing figures clad in black and white masks walk out and take their place at center. Just as you’re wondering just what the hell is going on, they start rapping. Pretty soon, you start to change your tune. You start to wonder “What is this weird music, and why do I love it?” This mass of contradictory emotions is exactly what Oxymorrons wants to provoke, and they do it well.
Hailing from Queens, this strange band of friends have created a genre all their own, seamlessly blending sounds that you hardly think would ever work together. They’re the kind of band that hooks their crowd immediately, whether or not they know the words or not. You can’t help but find yourself jumping with the crowd, overtaken by the energy.
Deee, frontman alongside his brother K.I., talked to us after the show.
“A lot of the times, people don’t understand us until they’ve seen the live show,” he said of their peculiar style. “There’s nothing that beats live energy”
“When you’re there in person, it’s like you really get to know this person,” he added. “You really get to feel the ups and downs of the musical situation, as far as ‘Hey, we bring you here, we laugh, and we talk a little bit.’”
Instead of a drumbeat for their single, “808 Clap,” they had the crowd clap along. Anytime artists really work to engage the crowd, you can tell how much they profit from the crowd’s energy. The crowd profits likewise, and this equivalent exchange is the crux of a quality musical performance.
“It’s such an experience, and that experience is captured that one time,” said Deee. “Every live show is different. The setlist may be the same, the songs may be the same, but every live show is different. Getting a piece of something that will never happen again.”
He is absolutely right – that exactly feeling cannot be replicated, and with a band that has such a unique vibe, every moment is individual in its idiosyncrasy. In short, Oxymorrons are something special, a breath of fresh air in an increasingly processed music scene. What they do and the show that they put on is a physical manifestation of who they are.
“High octane is what we do,” said Deee. “That’s how we run our shows.”
Ysabella Monton is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org