Found Footage finds following, new album for Saturday show 

click to enlarge LACEY ELAINE TACKETT
  • Lacey Elaine Tackett

You can tell As Far As Far, the new album by OKC rockers Found Footage, is going to be a treat before you even get it on the turntable.

What looks from the outside to be a colorless pulp of low-fi punk rock slides out from the sleeve a vibrant, marble green record. From there, Found Footage continues to surprise, and that was the intention of the four-piece rock band from Norman.

“With the visual elements, we want to be like an art-rock band,” bassist Austin Tackett said. “But when you put the needle on the record, we want to surprise you [in a way] that it is actually accessible.”

The album, with few blemishes, is indeed accessible. Vocals delivered from the gut are garnished with math- rock sensibilities that come together to weave a highbrow rock ’n’ roll album that retains its raw punk rock aesthetic and recording quality.

As Far As Far is a polished product.

The band started as a four-piece but shuffled members around and temporarily played as a three-piece before finding Robbie Harris Jr. to fit in as the second guitarist. Now, the four-piece — all friends in the same social circle (three of them were formerly in The Purple Church) — have a finished album and a few new goals in mind.

“We’re definitely trying to be a little more abrasive [than other bands],” Tackett said. “We’ve been ... not for lack of trying ... dwindling in obscurity, and maybe we’re on a crest right now. In a lot of ways, we feel like we’re a band without a home.”

Found Footage plans to change that with a Saturday album release show at The Blue Note Lounge. It will introduce itself to the uninitiated and bring together other bands that might feel a bit alienated in a local scene that sharply focuses on singer-songwriters and pop, Tackett said.

Not that you won’t find pop elements on As Far As Far — you will, but they’re buried under six feet of dirt-driven guitars and a heavy rhythm section. The guitars play together nicely but also play well off of one another to allow side A of the album to breathe and flow.

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Some might wonder why the band identifies itself with dirge-rock, but that’s where the side B opener, “This Train Sucks,” comes in. It gets heavier with each listen. The opening riff makes the soul of any rock connoisseur stand erect with a demand for attention that doesn’t let go.

The band kicks it up with “Lovers Down” as it delves back into choppy rhythms. Guitars wade through it all with sure footing.

Vocals meld with guitar riffs as the song solidifies to become surprisingly reminiscent of post-hardcore act Drive Like Jehu.

In this Adderall-driven world, one problem with the album is that the songs are a bit too long. With most songs registering around the 4-minute mark, the riffs are rife with rock but the band grinds them into the ground. The album doesn’t offer enough spontaneity to keep the raw guitar work — the colliding opposites of clean tone and distortion — from growing stale.

This doesn’t dampen the band’s potential, as the songs and the recording are excellent. Focusing songs and trimming fat — talents that comes with practice — will make Found Footage an even tighter band.

Print headline: Found following, Local rockers drop a new album while melting faces at The Blue Note Lounge.

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