Sometimes a girl just needs some ROCK music. Thank god for Oil Boom. I met these guys late last summer – and even sold merch for them on night #1 of our friendship – when they played with my pal Keeton Coffman. To say I was blown away was an understatement. They’re the kind of rock ‘n’ roll that kicks off with such a surge of power, it leaves you bowled over and doesn’t quit.
Honestly, I’m a little jealous I don’t live in Dallas and have endless opportunities to see these guys. Not only do they play around the city – they’ve had some impressive opener slots recently with The Hold Steady and Little Hurricane. Get to know them better now:
1. Where did your band name come from?
Dugan Connors: Our band name doesn’t really signify anything other than we really couldn’t stand Midnight Oil being the top “Oil band” of the last quarter-century. Something needed to change. At the time, we were trying to think of something DFW-centric that hadn’t already been taken by seven other bands on MySpace. We’ve definitely enjoyed hearing people pronounce it though, which in our neck of woods often sounds like “Awl Boo,” or if you live in West Texas, “Ohl Bue.”
2. How would you describe your music?
Dugan: Surf-Dirt, Garage-Step, Bluescore, Glam-Wave, Psych-Trip, and contemporary R&B are all good descriptors even if they’re not entirely accurate or don’t make sense.
3. What three bands have influenced you – either as an individual musician or as a band?
Dugan: All three of us like Black Sabbath, Huey Lewis and Dick Dale, so at least we have that common thread running through the band. It gets kind of wildly divergent after that. We’ve had some passionate Steely Dan arguments amongst ourselves.
4. What one song should a new fan check out and why?
Dugan: I would suggest “45 Revolutions Per Minute,” mainly because we just put out a super cool video for it.
5. Why do you love music? What makes it important to you?
Dugan: It’s really hard to articulate why music is so important. It’s just one of those things that by its very nature, can’t really let you down, or at least not in the way people can. Even when it’s terrible, I can laugh and marvel that it ever got made in the first place. And when it’s great, there’s really not another feeling that can compare. Plus it’s a never-ending process of discovery. That’s probably my favorite part. You’re always searching out that great lost album or group that seems like it was made just for you. Sometimes you find it, sometimes you don’t; sometimes you realize that you’ve spent your rent money on a six-disc Chicago box set and that you’re an idiot. But you’re an idiot with all of Chicago’s singles. Could be worse…
5 Q’s is an ongoing series and my effort to introduce you, dear reader, to some of my favorite bands from around Texas that I go to see frequently. If you like what you hear, I encourage you to follow them on social media, buy some music and tell them to visit your part of the country (or world!) soon.
Next month, I’ll introduce you to an awesome 10-piece soul band from Austin called The Nightowls.