Oblivians Reunite for Album, Tour


Check out first single “I’ll Be Gone,” below…

 By Blurt Staff

 Nineties garage-punk legends The Oblivians will embark on a North American tour this spring/summer in support of Desperation, released June 4 on In The Red Records (and the first recording from the group in 15 years). Oblivians are Greg Oblivian (aka Greg Cartwright), Eric Oblivian (aka Eric Friedl) and Jack Oblivian (aka Jack Yarber).

Desperation was produced by cofounder Cartwright (with special help from Doug Easley) and engineered by Collin Dupuis at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. In addition to the three members, the 14-track album features special guests Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat on organ, percussion and vocals on “Call The Police.”

 Of recording together again, Cartwright comments, “over the years as we would occasionally reunite for a festival or special occasion, the idea began to grow in the back of my mind. The idea of making a new record. Because as much as we enjoyed playing together, the thing I missed the most was creating together. So that’s what we did. I had just made a Reigning Sound record with Dan at his Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. And it really knocked me out. Dan had a 1-inch Scully 8 track. I remember asking him how it sounded when he sent the equipment list. Dan’s answer. ‘It’s the greatest @#$%^&* tape machine in the world.’ He wasn’t kidding. Literally the perfect device for catching a live band. And that’s the way the Oblivians had always made records. Most of our previous recordings had been done live on home recordings or at Doug Easley’s Easley-McCain Studios back in the day. Sadly, about seven years ago that studio burned down. So finding Dan’s studio was a big piece of the puzzle.”


 1. I’ll Be Gone (Cartwright)

2. Loving Cup (Paul Butterfield)

3. Em (Cartwright)

4. Woke Up In A Police Car (Friedl)

5. Call The Police (Stephanie Sanders)

6. Pinball King (Cartwright)

7. Run For Cover (Yarber)

8. Come A Little Closer (Cartwright)

9. Little War Child (Yarber)

10. Fire Detector (Friedl)

11. Oblivion (Cartwright)

12. Back Street Hangout (Yarber)

13. Desperation (Cartwright)

14. Mama Guitar (Lee Remick)


 June 7 /// New York, NY /// Seaport Music Festival
July 5 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Echoplex
July 6 /// San Diego, CA /// The Casbah
July 7 /// Oakland, CA /// 2013 Burger Boogaloo
July 10 /// Portland, OR /// Dante’s
July 11 /// Vancouver, BC /// Rickshaw Theatre
July 12 /// Seattle, WA /// Neumo’s
July 13 /// Chicago, IL /// Empty Bottle
September 5 /// Raleigh, NC /// Hopscotch Music Festival

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