Oxymorrons Let Their Freak Flag Fly in New EP
With a sound self-described as “Outkast meets Rage against the Machine,” Oxymorrons have drawn frequent comparisons to Blink-182, Nirvana, and Kid Cudi. It’s a good means to try and explain the free-spirited sound to the uninitiated, but ultimately these influences fall short of describing how utterly delightful this group is. It’d be better to just pull up their debut EP Complex but Basic and let the music speak for itself.
Complex but Basic is a creative, genre-bending group of tracks taking the group’s various punk-rock, hip-hop, and suburban garage influences and combining it into a sound I probably would have obsessed over as a teenager. It’s youthful self-confidence is catchy and inspiring, full of ambitions and wild-eyed dreaming. ‘Awesome’ aggressively self-asserts all of its best qualities with crunchy guitars and lyrics about how celebrated it is to be yourself.
Oxymorrons are quoted as being all about creative freedom and self-liberation, and this message holds true throughout all nine tracks of Complex but Basic. Songs happily peppered with nerdy influences from Nintendo to Final Fantasy are book-ended by goofy sketches. They’re the types of silly nerd voices adopted by friends for comedy bits that are almost only funny in those intimate circles. While they could easily come across as annoying, they actually contribute to the EP’s overall unique charm.
Carefree, liberated, and endlessly creative, Oxymorrons is a group that you absolutely need to be paying attention to right now.