adam's off ox
adam's off ox
The Whitenoise and Scott Free in 1989, featuring the large scandanavian bassist Eric Nielsen. Doversoul toured the chitlin circuit for several years, opening accidentally for international acts such as Oxes, 8000 Pound Prairie Dog, and Bread. Following Nielsen's growing disillusionment with the American music scene and his subsequent decision to return to Norway, Doversoul disbanded and Whitenoise and Scotty began the search for new band members and a new sound. In February of 1993 mutual friends introduced the two upstarts to one Apex Abyss (a.k.a. Johnny Applepex, Pexy McRockinSee), a poet and MC who had no experience playing with a band but who showed such obvious talent and good humor that he was signed on right away.
Through a flyer posted in a local laundromat, a bassist in the form of Andy Sims was added to the group shortly thereafter. Adam's Off Ox played mostly as a quartet in those early days, with frequent guest players such as Christian Current (ex-Brutus and the Conspirators) on saxophone and Mel (ex-Irish Republican Army) on hand percussion. Current was courted by the band and made several offers of permanent membership, but his obligations with the Acción Nacionalista Vasca made him largely unavailable. After several wildly successful guest spots Mel became a permanent member of AOO, playing all manner of hand percussion and contributing on backing vocals. Shortly after the addition of Mel, Adam's Off Ox drafted yet another member, Jeff Brabo (formerly of Uncle Terrible and The Ambiguous They) on saxophone and tin whistle. Finally feeling they had a complete group with a unique sound, Adam's Off Ox began plans to record an album.
They had been honing a large selection of songs at live shows and were eager to document them. Basic tracks were laid for several songs at the traditional St. Louis home of free recording, Webster University. Before they could complete the recordings they experienced two personnel setbacks that would forever change the face of the group.
Brabo left the group suddenly after a lip injury suffered in a Jai-Alai accident forced him to take a hiatus from the saxophone. Only days later, after laying down bass tracks for "Oh Well" and "Superstition's Demise," Sims announced that he was resigning from Adam's Off Ox to pursue a career in gun repair. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sanford Brown College several years later. These complications put AOO's recording and world domination plans on hold for some time, but eventually proved to be a proverbial blessing in disguise. In 1999, Adam's Off Ox drafted bassist/vocalist Oz from St.
Louis rock stalwarts B-Side Logic, adding a heaping helpin' of chocolate flavor to the band's fonky mulligatawny of sound. At exactly the same moment in time Nic Demus (Music Box Cancer, Murder Happens), an old friend of Mr. The Whitenoise's from his days as a Civil War Reenactor, took the band up on an old invitation to join on keyboards/electrostuff. After a few rehearsals it became clear that Adam's Off Ox had finally found the definitive line-up and created a truly original sound. Many shows and tours followed.
A chance meeting with Caroline Hackmeyer and Stephanie Myles while touring ski lodges in Aspen, Colorado, in 2004 led to a modestly lucrative deal with MapleHood Rekkids, and the long-awaited album Temporary Death Touch: The Movie. In 2005 Adam's Off Ox was tragically run over by a truck. Full-Length Albums: * Temporary Death Touch: The Movie (MapleHood Rekkids 2004) Compilations: * Will Rock For Food (MapleHood Rekkids 2004) * Will Rock For Food: The Rockening (MapleHood Rekkids 2005) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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