Taking down New Brunswick

Jamie Ross – The Aquinian

White Cowbell Oklahoma promises city won’t be the same after the show

White Cowbell Oklahoma bring high energy show to the capital Oct. 27. (Slick Monkey Records)
White Cowbell Oklahoma bring high energy show to the capital Oct. 27. (Slick Monkey Records)

White Cowbell Oklahoma promises just one thing of their upcoming show at the Cellar: when it’s over, no one in Fredericton will ever be the same again.

The six-piece, “sex-tet”, as front man Clem so eloquently puts it, will be in the Capital city Oct. 27 on their eastern Canadian tour in support of their new album, Bombardero.

“Pure tenacity, ferocity and unbridled malice” is how Clem describes the band’s third full-length album, which is led by a three-guitar assault and of course, the eternal ringing of the centerpiece of the band’s existence, the white cowbell.

“The new record, it has a whole lot of high speed notes on it and I think people will be amazed and astonished at the guitar assault and the rock and roll mushroom cloud that twill hang over the New Brunswick that particular evening,” said Clem.

The cowbell, he said, drives the band.

“It’s the metronomic heart of everything,” he said.

They’ll be joined by Troublestarters, and Moncton-based metal heads Iron Giant.

White Cowbell sounds like speedy rock n’ roll with a southern twang and the band religiously puts on a high-energy show and their antics sometimes come out of left field.

Fans might, or probably will, see any of the following on stage at a White Cowbell Oklahoma show: six rock n’ roll committed hillbillies, three guitars, half-naked women, fire, assorted power tools including a chainsaw and a shit-ton of Jagermiester.

“Disregard for most local bylaws,” Clem says of their shows. “We’ve broke most of them and we’ll probably break in Fredericton too, regarding the public use of power tools, nudity, and on stage copulation.”

This year mark’s the bands 10th anniversary.

Looking ahead another 10 years, Clem says the next natural step for the band is world domination.

“We’ll divide the country into six provinces, and we’ll each be premiers,” he said. “And I will lead the country.”

All joking aside, he said the band is steamrolling into Fredericton next week with just one thing of their mind: staging the overthrow of the Government of New Brunswick.

“We’re not just taking the down city, but the province,” he said. “Take a picture of Fredericton now, because it won’t look the same when we’re through.”

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