Band Profile – Oneida
Band Profile – Oneida

Band Profile – Oneida

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The old O would like to offer the new O our services during your time in office. As long as it does not fall on a school night or during a previously scheduled engagement (perhaps at Trash Bar or the WFMU record fair) Oneida would be happy to play an abbreviated set for you and your family once you’ve settled into the White House. Our next album is funnily enough entitled “Rated O.” I thought you might get a kick out of that. – Kid Millions – There’s A New O In Washington

Genre/categorization defying New Yorkers Oneida started out in the mid 90s and through their wild live shows and records attracted enough attention to still rock out  in 2009 (and possibly further). Some of the more curious aspects of their music include the band’s love of repetition and interest in analogue keyboards and vintage pianos (not to mention the unusual monikers that the band members are using).
Oneida debuted with “A Place Called El Shaddai’s”, which came out on Turnbuckle label in 1997. All Music Guide commented that the album “succeeds as a drugged-out piece of lo-fi experimentalism, as if the guys were in the basement attacking their instruments with hedonistic abandon for six days straight. Fortunately for the listener, the basement must’ve had the proper vibes, and whatever chemicals were floating in their heads were doing their job, because this loose, messy album is filled with enticing moments.”

1999 “Enemy Hogs” marked their debut for Jagjaguwar label through which they would release much of their subsequent material. In their review of the album, Minneapolis newspaper City Pages pointed out that “It fits that the band takes its moniker from a small town in upstate New York where a Utopian community of the same name banned monogamy in the 1850s: In Oneida’s little world, every genre is available for a loud coupling.” During the same year, the band also recorded a split with Songs: Ohia, which also came out on Jagjaguwar.

New millenium saw a number of new releases, including 2000 “Steel Rod” EP (which including a cover of Creedence Clearwater’s Revival’s “Sinister Purpose”) and 2002 “Atheist Reconsider” – a split EP with the band Liars.


The band also produced a number of new full-lengths, including 2001 “Anthem Of The Moon”, 2002 “Each One Teach One”, 2003 “Secret Wars” and their most recent output – 2009 “Rated O”.
According to Jagjaguwar, “O” is a second installment in the band’s “Thank Your Parents” tryptich (first one was 2008 “Preteen Weaponry”). Knowing the band’s love of repetition, it comes as no suprise that its a 3xCD / 3xLP box set.
In the press release for “O”, Jagjaguwar pointed out that “Oneida has delivered a monster named Rated O which happens to be the crowning achievement of their storied creative lives. By producing this colossus they have also created the necessity of its destruction — which within the confines of this tremendous accomplishment — they do so handily and with utter fluency.”
Band Members:
Bobby Matador
Hanoi Jane
Kid Millions
Shahin Motia (Ex Models, Knyfe Hits, Showtime)
A Place Called El Shaddai’s CD (Turnbuckle, 1997)
Enemy Hogs CD (Turnbuckle, 1999)
Oneida / Songs: Ohia Split 7″ (Jagjaguwar, 1999)
Steel Rod EP CD (Jagjaguwar, 2000)
Anthem Of The Moon CD (Jagjaguwar, 2001)
Oneida / 25 Suaves Split 12″ (Bulb, 2001)
Oneida / Liars Split CD / LP (Arena Rock, 2002 / Version City, 2002)
Each One Teach One 2xCD / 2xLP (Jagjaguwar, 2002 / Version City, 2002)
Caesar’s Column 12″ (Rough Trade UK, 2003)
Secret Wars CD / LP (Jagjaguwar, 2004 / Rough Trade UK, 2004)
Nice / Splitting Peaches EP CD (Ace Fu, 2004)
The Wedding CD / LP (Jagjaguwar, 2005)
Happy New Year CD / LP (Jagjaguwar, 2006)

Preteen Weaponry CD (Jagjaguwar, 2008)

Rated O 3XLP (Jagjaguwar, 2009)

Compilation Tracks:

“The Void (Live At WFMU)” on Sound Collector #7 (Sound Collector Magazine, 2001)

“Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher” on Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before (Rough Trade, 2003)

“Caesar’s Column” on Janvier 2004 (Les Inrockuptibles Magazine, 2004)

“Propiedad Prohibida” on What’s Your Function? A Tribute To Franco Battiato) (Sillyboy, 2004)

“Run Through My Hair” on Insound Pushing Product Vol. 5 Summer 05 (Insound, 2005)

“Pure Light Invasion” on Sweet Fifteen: Rough Trade Publishing 1991 to 2006 (Rough Trade, 2006)

“Spirits” on WUAG Presents: 18 Watts Better Than None (Self-Released, 2006)

“Winter Mind” on Love And Circuits: A Cardboard Records Compilation (From As to Zs) (Cardboard, 2007)


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