Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Occasional Detroit

Where do I begin with a group like Occasional Detroit? It's so difficult to try and define them because there really is no other band like O-D. Their fusion of experimental rap, funk, electronic beats, noise, and fucked up rock is literally like nothing I've ever head before. The band is also somewhat of an enigma, they disappeared from the Detroit scene around 2006 and moved to Decatur, GA and from the looks of it now (according to their website and various myspace accounts), they're now located and operating out of Albuquerque, NM.

In addition to exploding minds with their unrelenting sonic assault, O-D has a visual art project entitled, Dollface Filmz, which is a natural extension of the music. Basically, it's the visual equivalent of getting stuck in a trap house while your buddy goes to make a deal. It starts out with you waiting on the couch for your buddy to come back, then suddenly some dude appears next to you and offers you a joint laced with PCP. Next thing you know, you've been listening to top 40 hip hop non-stop while rocking back and forth in a corner for 12 hours waiting to come down. To put it bluntly, it's a trip and a half.

Everything O-D touches turns into pure psychedelic gold. Band's are not this expressive anymore, and it's a damn shame, they touch on the gritty reality of life and project it into the astral realm. If this band is too much for you, then I'd just say you're a sheltered pussy who's never struggled a day in your life, and if that's the case then this music is definitely NOT FOR YOU. This is serious expression, and quite frankly some of the best art in any medium that I've been introduced to in quite some time.