Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:30 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Tuesday February 5, 2019
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
Oppo is a DC rock trio that wrap plaintive melodies and crunchy guitars around galloping backbeats and a thumping low end. Psychedelic punk ditties purport to provide “opposition research” in service of an eco-feminist awakening. Whimsical fantasies, new wave paranoia, and American twang swirl together into vignettes of moral crisis and redemption, bearing witness to a tipping point between utopia and oblivion.
The story of Oppo begins guitarist/vocalist Amos Tevelow getting laid off twice in two years and reeling into a dark night of the soul. Unable to think straight, he said eff it and decided to become a rock n roll nomad, “sharing” his labor and apartment in the gig economy while stitching together riffs and lyrics that had been rattling away in his head for years into a coherent set of tunes. A random(?) serendipity led Amos to Finley Martin, a plucky bassist from a fishing village on Prince Edward Island who started his DC music life by hitchhiking south on an 18-wheeler hauling lobsters, joining post-punk veterans Gist, co-founding Red Stapler Records, and touring with The Chance. Finley recruited native Pittsburgher and veteran punk drummer Jim Greif (O’Tasty, My Friend Autumn, Lava Jets) to round out the Oppo sound.
Oppo recorded its debut EP with engineer Greg Gendron in their basement rehearsal space and are releasing it in early 2019.
Their live performances have evoked comparisons to Dinosaur Jr., Wire, The Rapture, Weezer, The Police, The Clash, Talking Heads, XTC, Built to Spill, Ween, MBV, GBV, Talking Heads, Afghan Whigs, Bad Brains, and Kings of Leon.