North Texas rockers Oil Boom came together in late 2009 thanks to a “musicians wanted” ad on Craigslist. Guitarist Ryan Taylor and drummer Dugan Connors bonded over their shared affinity for 1960s garage rock and lo-fi blues. Almost five years later, the trio has unveiled first full-length “Red Metal.”
“We had out first jam on Dec. 31, 2009,” Taylor recalls. “So we figured that was some kind of omen to continue into the next decade, pretty much solely so we could bring it up now and look like magical soothsayers.”
After a debut EP, original singer Brian Whitten left Oil Boom and was replaced by bassist Steve Steward, with Taylor taking over vocal duties. They took a huge step forward with 2012 EP “Gold Yeller,” earning comparisons to the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Black Keys, and move another step up the career ladder with this nine-track release.
Oil Boom come out of the gate swinging with “45 Revolutions Per Minute” and “Mid-Range Jumper,” and later impress on “Delta Rice,” “Von Boyage” and “Scumsucker.” Rough around the edges in the best possible way, the future looks bright for this up-and-coming outfit. Thanks, Craigslist! (Jeffrey Sisk)