Oakley Hall
The Ospreys
Grand Press - Brooklyn
Jul 18 2004
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with thanks to Grand Press

'it's easy to lose'

Filming shows, one is often keenly aware of the ephemerality of the phenomena one is capturing. Brilliance is no guarantee of longevity or success. Thus, if one misses a moment - it may be gone forever. This show is one I was lucky to catch, before events and changes overtook both acts. The bands themselves represented a peculiar turn in 2004, as the Brooklyn scene, known for psychedelic weird rock, moved in the direction of american roots music. Oakley Hall, led by former Oneida member Papa Crazee, had been morphing into shape for a couple of years as a country rock big band that still somehow retained the repetitive intensity for which Oneida is notorious. The Ospreys, a new development, included Jen Black and Mark Moore, both members of Fitz's catharsis-inducing Midnight O' Connor, were doing a sensitive take on hillbilly classics, aided by the very talented Rachel Cox, This meeting, in a good old alehouse that I've never known to do another show, was a unique celebration of the two band's shared passion for the folk-country genre.

Within months, The Ospreys suffered a devastating blow when guitarist Mark Moore tragically died. Oakley Hall also for a moment seemed done for, losing Leah on vocals. But then they returned and have since gone from strength to strength. Recruiting Ms Cox from The Ospreys, they have toured, and with plentiful new material are showing the distinct potential to turn into one of the great american bands of all time. If they don't disappear first..

And yes i have knocked up a VCD's - The Ospreys is VCD5071 (9,32:18) and Oakley Hall is VCD5072 (11,53:08). It's possible get a copy of either from the pinstand for $4 inc. mail ($5 foreign) - if interested email orders@pinstand.com with the subject=VCD Order, stating what you want.and I'll let you know the process. Oakley Hall have one CD out on Bulb Records, and another one out any day.

capture captain: joly
date posted: 8/28/05

kayrock's poster for this show

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