Hear the furious new math-rock track “Vulgarian” from Chicago’s OR
On April 8, Chicago group OR will release their new album Pariah via Dog & Pony Records. The group features musicians who have played with Joan Of Arc, Ghosts And Vodka, American Heritage, Sidekick Kato and more veteran midwest indie groups, and today they’re sharing a new track from the album, titled “Vulgarian.” It’s a hard-hitting instrumental in line with the band’s pedigree, somewhere between post-hardcore and post-rock, driven by tense rhythms and dynamic shifts, melodic but abrasive riffs and unexpected harmonies and hypnotic leads around every corner. It rocks hard, but elegantly and with a continuous sense of adventure as it goes.
The band’s Erik Bocek says in a statement about the song, “‘Vulgarian’ was the first song we wrote as a band. It’s a good example of our linear song structures which is more attuned to telling a story than a pop song. The title was chosen as a response to the Trump/Putin hysteria that is sadly becoming an unwelcome and unwanted norm.”
Listen to “Vulgarian” below.
OR Pariah tracklist:
2. Witness Marks
3. Filigree Fable
5. Manly Robes
6. Viking Glass
8. All Of My Children
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.