Friday, January 15, 2010

1/15 Friday show pick: Haunting Oboe Music

It always sucks to see a good band go away, but it's worse to see a disintegrating band going through the motions. My feelings about Haunting Oboe Music lie somewhere in between. The sextet plays its last show ever tonight at Hole in the Wall. Cover is $3.

On the one hand, I'm sad to see 'em go, but on the other hand the Oboes lost a lot of the raw energy and fury that made them such a force a couple short years ago.

Haunting Oboe Music was amazing the first time I saw them play. It was August 2007 at the now-defunct Whiskey Bar on Fifth. The Oboes put on a frenetic live show that always threatened to explode into chaos between two powerful drummers, two loud guitarists, a dance-happy bassist and a forceful trumpet player. But somehow all the elements not only managed to coalesce in harmony but create something truly memorable in a music scene that sometimes lacks uniqueness and adventurous spirit. I rarely missed a show from 2007 to 2008, becoming friends with the band along the way.

But things started going downhill in late 2008. The band seemed exhausted at shows, due in part to the ambitious 12-EPs-in-a-year project they'd embarked on that January. Their trumpet player left the band after a show at Hole in the Wall in November 2008. The band's performances seemed to lack something after that show -- something beyond the loss of textures created by a trumpet. A year later, after a string of sometimes brilliant but often inconsistent shows, the members have decided to go their own ways.

Word has it a few of the members are going to start another project. I'm excited to see what they do. Haunting Oboe's members never stopped being great songwriters and performers. It's just that the band's current lineup didn't have the same charisma and chemistry. They need a fresh start. And I'll no doubt be there when the next incarnation arises.

Elsewhere, the TXRD 2010 roller derby season kickoff party is going down at Chupacabra Cantina (400 E. Sixth) with free Lone Star and Jameson. Read more about it on Do512 here.