Western Massachusetts act OroborO has a habit of being different. Their sound is a mix of progressive rock, art punk and feint funkiness. Frontwoman Emily Carter is a force of nature on the mic with her screams and emphatic way of singing. Nate Kellogg’s abstract skill on guitar makes the band’s weirdness shine. The foundation for the unique rhythms is provided by the stellar syncopation between drummer Jordan Frick and bassist Spencer Gusha. All of these talents are exhibited in OroborO’s debut album Laughing Death, which is being premiered in New Noise Magazine today (January 12).
“The songs were written in the basements of Amherst and Hadley, MA and then later recorded at Ghost Hit Recording in Holyoke, MA during May”, Kellogg says on the making of the band’s debut. “It was tracked thru live takes, with additional guitar and vocal overdubs self-recorded afterwards. Laughing Death was tracked and mixed by Andrew Oedel at Ghost Hit Recording and mastered by Richard Marr at Galaxy Park Studios in Watertown, MA”.
The album’s production quality is stellar by sounding clean and poignant. “Demogorgon” brings out the band’s peculiar funkiness with Kellogg’s guitar riffs going along with Frick’s consistent beats on drums. If there was a track on Laughing Death that could make somebody dance, this would be it. An absolute rocker of a track is “I Love You” with Carter getting rambunctious and echoing Blondie’s Debbie Harry. One of the most diverse ones on the album is “Centipede” with a structure that’s noisey and intense with various subtleties.
OroborO will be ringing in the release of Laughing Death at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton, MA tonight with fellow Western Mass band Carinae, Connecticut non-binary hardcore act Space Camp and Vermont experimentalists Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass. DJ Quills will also be on the 1’s and 2’s spinning records in between sets. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab a copy of the new album. It’s a wide-ranging assortment of rock that will make jaws drop.
Top photo by Razz Cacho