Not your parents music
Explosions, alcohol pouring freely, sparks shooting everywhere and ear-crushing rock and roll. If you like the sound of that, you’ll probably enjoy seeing White Cowbell Oklahoma’s return to the Slice tonight, Thursday, September 23.
“We’re flying high-velocity through the forest of Northern Ontario at this very moment,” says frontman Clem Clemson by phone as the band makes their way west after a weekend of partying and gigs during the Toronto International Film festival.
“We had a TIFF party on the weekend and we made the big movie deal,” he says. “We talked to a few drunk guys and somehow swindled them into making the White Cowbell Oklahoma movie. The funny thing is we’re gonna shoot it in India and much of it’s going to be in Sanskrit, which is weird. You think I wouldn’t do that, but it’s just the way we roll.”
Their show here kicks off the first leg of two fall tours, the first of which includes dates around BC and Alberta on the UPROAR tour with Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold. “We looking forward to reaching Lethbridge on Thursday night for our awe inspiring return to southern Alberta to begin the tour properly,” Clemson says, “With a small club show yet again at the Slice, ‘cause it’s always such a gas.”
Lethbridge has seen more of WCO than most other Canadian cities lately, perhaps because of their love for the local venue. “Probably one of the greatest joys of touring Alberta is playing Buck Hunter at the Slice,” says Clemson, “A lot of bars have Buck Hunter, but the Slice has it so you can actually lean against the bar with your drink within reach while your other hand has a finger on the trigger.”
They have been busy lately, with a new drummer in tow this tour and a live album release due this fall, enitled Viva Live Locos, recorded at a festival in Germany last year. It will be released during the second half of their fall tour, which will see them head back out east with Big John Bates for the Cross-Canada Battle Royale Tour in November and December. “It’s going to be all about how many holes you can put in the wall with your pure aural power,” says Clemson.
“We’re going to be warming up some new stuff,” he says in regards to other studio recordings on the way. “We have enough for a quadruple album, so were just sorting through it and that’s in the works too.”
White Cowbell Oklahoma are notorious for their ridiculous live show and tonight should live up to their high standards of debauchery. “The thing about a WCO show is that it’s a very volatile mix, so you never really know what’s going to go down until we get up on stage,” Clemson says. “There’s gonna be more smut and rock and explosions than you can shake a stick at.”