Evan Lacksmer | Chicago Reader

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Re: “From the ashes of Cacaw: Oozing Wound

Tyson, I completely agree with you in regards to the bass playing in this band but would also add that his take on the material is the only element that keeps the music from being completely straight trash and generic at best. His talent is completely wasted in this band.

I'll happily go on record stating that Bad Drugs and Unmanned Ship are fantastic and amazingly solid bands but come on . . . old school trash revival? Seriously? If this were a band comprised of folks no one had heard of, who'd [including myself] give a fraction of a flying shit?

Perhaps I may be too foolishly naive in my thinking/believing/hoping that music journalism would/could hold showcasing and nurturing new talent as a mission statement of sorts.

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Posted by Evan Lacksmer on 01/10/2012 at 3:50 PM

Re: “From the ashes of Cacaw: Oozing Wound

. . . so here is Diamond Plate, some barely out of high school youngsters hailing from Worth, IL. playing some totally retro trash with utter conviction and enough skill. Their last record showed up on a bunch of metal blogs' and mags' year-end lists, do a google search . . . why aren't you writing about them instead of Oozing Wound? It's essentially the same music with the exception of one band being substantially better at it [in all aspects: songwriting, performance, ambition, etc.] than the other. One example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkHdKmU2TUI
You don't even need to venture that far outside city limits to find high schoolers going to town on trash metal like seasoned pros.

I like the Reader and I think it often showcases a wide variety of talent from all corners of the local musical world and all shades of the musical spectrum too, but this particular article spotlighting a band who has barely played 2 shows . . . it just reeks of glad-handing scenesterism, and it certainly taints journalistic reputability.

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Posted by Evan Lacksmer on 01/10/2012 at 3:30 PM

Re: “From the ashes of Cacaw: Oozing Wound

imho, Oozing Wound isn't a horrible band . . . just derivative and completely unimaginative. The only reason someone would/should even remotely entertain writing about them is their "pedigree".

If someone was really itching for a taste of warmed-over trash they'd be better served by heading to countless metal bars in the suburbs were there are plenty of 16 year-olds rehashing [at worst] or referencing [at "best"] the genre much more competently and convincingly.

I caught their Empty Bottle set and was hoping for something with some bite, or ingenuity of some sort, perhaps a little left of center but no, not even a shadow of any of that. Their music was unbelievably generic with the lone standout being the ridiculously amateurish guitar playing.

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Posted by Evan Lacksmer on 01/09/2012 at 3:22 PM

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