Monday, March 4, 2013

Oakland Wine Drinkers Union -- Local 88

If clever band names are gimmicky then call me a sucker. But it's not just the Oakland Wine Drinkers Union's name that sucked me in. Their music is (to borrow terminology from their coast) hella fun.

"Work is The Curse," the lead-off track, is worth the price of admission alone. A song that pulls double duty as a slacker's anthem and pointed critique of capitalism, it's hard not to fall in love.

It's not fair to say that the album declines after that, but "Work" is certainly the most memorable track on the album. The songs are punchy and clever. Oakland Wine Drinkers Union is truly a folk punk outfit -- each song has a slightly chaotic, DIY ethos that is tempered by the warmth and humor of folk music.

The Oakland Wine Drinkers Union -- Official, Bandcamp, Facebook

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