Named after their frontman, Orville Bateman Neely III, the OBN IIIs have won quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere as Neely has been described as a sort of punk rock Elvis in front of a band that burns and rips through melodic power-chord heavy garage rock. Regardless of how you describe it, “No Time For The Blues,” the first single off the band’s third and forthcoming album Third Time To Harm is straightforward, balls-to-the-wall, primal rock ‘n’ roll – or rock with the sense of sleaze and danger that it should have. And although the band’s sound has been compared to the likes of the Stooges, which is understandable, I have to admit that I also hear Highway to Hell and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap-era AC/DC. We’re talking about swaggering and sleazy as hell …

It shouldn’t be surprising that the OBN III’s have toured with label mates Ex-Cult; after all both bands have a sound that’s similar in the fact that they’re punishing assaults of sounds but with obvious differences. Whereas Ex-Cult is a desperate, anxious, fucked up, roar of nightmarish frustration and boredom, OBN III’s are the sweaty exploits right before things seem to take a dreadful turn for the worst.