By Evelyn Flaherty
Courtesy of the Sioux City Reader, October 30th, 2014:
After a lengthy wait for the new Oil Boom release, Red Metal, I opted to purchase the album on iTunes ($7.99). The inviting pre-order price attests to the current obscurity of the band. The download process was challenging though not unmanageable.
I found the album décor pleasant and inviting. Red, grey and black colors adorn both the front cover and back as well. All of the nine compositions were listed in red font and easy to read.
I asked my grandnephew Harold what songs he might recommend. It had been a few years since I had last heard Oil Boom, and I wasn’t sure where to begin. He suggested “45 Revolutions Per Minute” ($.99), and so I started there. It is also the first item listed on the track menu.
And almost immediately, I heard the familiar rock and roll tones associated with the Oil Boom brand.
The chorus portions on the album were quite generous. One song had as many as four and none had fewer than two. In many cases, a tuneful bridge helped transition the song from the second chorus to the third verse.
As I listened, I noticed the warm and elegant production throughout Red Metal. Many effects seemed to have been used to allow for a more cozy patron experience. The guitars sounded crisp and the bass refreshing. Even the drums had a delicious ring to them.
There are several flavors of songs on the album. Rock, punk, blues and even glam ingredients all appear at various points along the way.
Album item favorites include “Ball O’ Fire” ($.99) for its’ zesty percussion overdubs and “Mid-Range Jumper” ($.99) for its’ exotic rhythms.
I did not care for “Von Boyage” ($.99), the sixth song of the album.
Unfortunately, I neglected to sample the closer, “Slow Going Down” ($.99). The ample song size seemed a bit too much for my taste at the time. Perhaps I’ll listen on a return visit.
Red Metal can be streamed by those seeking free access to the music. Local online retail chains like Spotify and Soundcloud offer this option, though I would suggest purchasing the album as a whole to avoid any interruption in service.
All in all, I enjoyed Red Metal. The affordable price and mostly memorable songs are well suited to fans of music. I hope my Sioux City readers will seek it out online or at Sioux Sioux Siouxdio Record Exchange when the hard copy becomes available.
Oil Boom is a band from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. They have released a total of twenty-two songs since 2011. They play shows in and around the Southwest area.
They are currently attempting to sign with the Darden record label, which operates several compact disc distribution centers across America.
Reach Evelyn Flaherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 555-555-5554.