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. Although the band’s sound has been to the likes of the Stooges, which is understandable, I have to admit that I hear more of Highway to Hell and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap-era AC/DC but sung with a Glenn Danzig-like baritone. So we’re talking about primal, swaggering, sleazy rock that should inspire you to dance, drink too much and fuck.
Castle Face Records, which was created by Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, will be releasing a live set of material from the OBN IIIs as part of their Live in San Francisco series and the first single from that album “If The Shit Fits,” evokes what their live show is – raw, blistering, sweaty, passionate and in some way owing a debt to old school soul and R&B as Neeley pleads with and commands both the band and his audience but with shrugging irony. Just by listening to this particular track there are two things that struck me as pretty obvious: that these boys kick ass and that their material is a helluva lot of fun.