It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
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Alex Barnard loves the hardcore scene, its DIY aesthetic and underground culture, but he aspired to play for rooms with more than a dozen people in them. He found like-minded, longtime Oklahoma City musicians in Daniel Weaver, Billy Reid and James Hammontree; together, they formed Chud.
“All of us have played in various hardcore and punk bands. There’s a small pocket of that in Oklahoma, but we started wanting to play music that could draw from a bigger audience here,” said Barnard, who sings and plays guitar. “There isn’t much of that here anymore. We wanted to play stuff that we could tap into that.”
The result is a harsher, heavier take on grunge that lands somewhere in the crosshairs between The Jesus Lizard, At the Drive-In and Nirvana: a gripping, almost combative explosion of choppy guitars, growling vocals and rolling percussion that is all id,
making for a manlier sound than most. “We started playing music in that
avenue, and began to notice that a lot of the current bands in Oklahoma
were kind of sissies, for a lack of a better word,” Barnard said. “To
us, bands like Sonic Youth were some of the softer, milder versions of
what we really liked. It seems like everyone lost the balls.”
For the most part, Oklahomans have been nothing but receptive to Chud, whose name is inspired by the 1984 cult horror flick C.H.U.D.
here are a little less familiar with anything you do, but in a way,
they are more accepting and refreshed by something that is slightly
different,” Barnard said. “You get accepted with open arms here.”
Chud has ridden a steady
wave of momentum since a pair of live music videos spread online late
last year, spawning a split 7-inch with hardcore band Paintscratcher and
a self-titled 7-inch due later this summer, with a Midwest tour
following in August.
videos kicked off a series of fortunate events for us. Things have just
fallen into our laps based off that,” Barnard said. “It’s really
The highlight may be the group’s recent turn at Norman Music Festival.
A healthy crowd chanted the band’s name in unison, both before the set and as it closed. Mission accomplished.
“I don’t think we’ve ever played to so many people,” Barnard said. “People received it well, and we couldn’t ask for more.”