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OBN IIIs: Show Preview 

Tuesday, Nov 25 2014

Anyone who has experienced the unhinged live show of Austin, Texas-based rockers OBN IIIs knows what to expect: snarling, garage-punk riffs, beer-spilling mayhem, and no shortage of verbal abuse from square-jawed frontman and band namesake Orville Bateman Neeley III. The chaos is audible on the crew's contribution to Castle Face Records' ongoing Live In San Francisco series as the quartet barrels though a barrage of tuneful, Stooges-inspired salvos, interspersed with Neeley's sneering swipes at audience members for wearing too much cologne and smoking too much weed. The band's latest studio effort — Third Time to Harm, on Tic Tac Totally — finds the group crafting some of its most savage, ear-pleasing nuggets yet, while veering into new territory on the epic dirge "Queen Glom" and the moody "Beg to Christ," with its echoes of early Alice Cooper and Blue Öyster Cult. OBN IIIs are joined by like-minded locals POW! and Beekeepers as well as Brooklyn punks Pampers, currently promoting their ferocious eponymous debut for In the Red Records.

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