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Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Engine Orchestra - Become My Army

None September 3rd, 2009


A visual inspection of the Engine Orchestra doesn't reveal an influence that's readily apparent in its new album.

Written and recorded this winter with Trent Bell at his Norman studio, "Become My Army" is the first full-length effort from the Oklahoma City band, which is singer/guitarist Garrett Balch, drummer Ross Lewis and bassist Drew Luper.

Even if the trio doesn't pledge any allegiance to Maynard James Keenan, the gears of Engine's orchestra are tuned with Tool, particularly through Balch's aching legato phrasing and his off-kilter upstroke fret board muting. This Engine hums the hardest when the throttle is wide open and the orchestra is almost out of control. The last minute of album closer "Today's Notice" is a disaster of chords, crashing cymbals and pummeling drums, easily the most charging seconds on the seven-song disc.

"Betelgeuse" is shorter and better formed technically' a steady and fuzzy number that swaggers with relentless, almost '70s-inspired riffing. Consistently thick and bottom-heavy are album opener "Oxbow" and "Christians Wear Keds," two tunes that are well-written, performed and arranged that aren't as imposing as they probably could be.

Like the winter bite that spawned it, "Become My Army" is dark and icy throughout, an impressive first outing from an Engine build that could break down beautifully with future wrenching.

Engine Orchestra will debut its new album 9 p.m. Saturday at a CD release show at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western, with BitchWizard and Work Is Work. Tickets are $6."”Joe Wertz

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