Oneida’s Thank Your Parents construct is an aesthetic object, a historical meditation, and a narrative experience. Available in modular component parts – three separate CD/LP releases – but envisioned as a cohesive whole, the triptych (as the band has dubbed it) offers a 200-minute portrait of Oneida as a form of “rock band.”
In a sense, the path of the band is utterly predictable: abandon and aggression expand to encompass relentless exploration; this is followed by a series of ecstatic revelations that eventually give way to a contemplative, brooding acceptance of something that is impossible to name or define in any way other than through an item such as Thank Your Parents: an irreducible whole.
Redolent of Oneida’s characteristic irreverence, the title of the triptych also offers a relatively straightforward acknowledgment of the cyclical, repetitive nature of the life experience and the timelessness of revelation. The expression of gratitude through performance of ritual or art appears to be a universal human urge, so please don’t blame Oneida – but feel free to thank them. [email protected]
We urge you to explore the different facets of the Thank Your Parents series by clicking on the releases to the right under the discography.