Bristol-based alternative-rock trio, Oxygen Thief have just shared the new riff-ladened single Graffiti; Irony; Lists alongside announcing full details of their new album, Confusion Species, set for release on November 16th through Xtra Mile Recordings.
Confusion Species will be available on limited edition 12inch transparent blue and orange with black splatter vinyl - available from Oxygen Thief on tour, as well as a very limited amount through the Xtra Mile webstore.
It’s been just over four years since the release of Oxygen Thief’s second album, The Half-Life Of Facts, and the world has changed a lot in that time. In fact, a lot has changed since Barry Dolan started the project in Bristol back in 2006, and the 11 tracks of Confusion Species are the sound of him trying to make sense of it all, rather than be overwhelmed, lost and consumed by the sludge and noise of this modern, post-Brexit, post-Trump world.
“Everyone is constantly bombarded with things in the news and on social media" says guitarist and vocalist, Barry Dolan. “Your phone’s going off all the time and there’s a constant need to keep up with things. As someone who tries to be politically engaged, I want to stay informed, but there’s a point where that tide just becomes overwhelming.”
In support of Confusion Species, Oxygen Thief will take to the road throughout the UK with Jonah Matranga in November, finishing up with a headline show at The Monarch in London:
06 Nov - Isle Of Wight, Strings
07 Nov - Tunbridge Wells, Forum
08 Nov - Norwich, Waterfront
09 Nov - Corby, White Hart
10 Nov - Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle
11 Nov - Bristol, Crofters
12 Nov - Stoke, Sugarmill
13 Nov - Southampton, Joiners
14 Nov - Leicester, Firebug
15 Nov - London, The Monarch
Simultaneously angry at and perplexed by the state of, well, everything, Confusion Species is a raucous, bellicose call-to-arms punctuated by Oxygen Thief’s now-trademark barrage of furious riffs and chaotic layers of intense and inspiring sounds.