06. Piece by Piece
07. The Body
09. The Mistakes You Make
10. Out of Touch
11. Back to You
12. Disconnect, Disconnect
13. Going on the Instincts
Idle Will Kill
Bringing an all new sound to the punk scene, Osker apologizes for nothing and says just about everything. Emotion drips from this album and the band's sheer musical and compositional talent is fully evident. Above all, "Idle Will Kill" represent two things: truth and talent. Guided by astonishingly diverse and accomplished songwriting, "Idle Will Kill" solidifies Osker's intention not to fit the mold of being just another punk (or anything else for that matter) band. Front-man Devon Williams puts it simply: "There are no extremes on 'Idle Will Kill,' just pure sincerity."
Idle Will Kill
ty plays drums on 1-4, 8-11
kelly plays drums on 6, 7, 12-14
phil plays drums on 5
dgomez plays an extracurricular instrument on 6
devon writes all songs
all songs published by westbeach music (BMI)/
devon's publishing unknown as of yet (BMI)
mike trujillo produced the entire record at Nigel
mike trujillo mixed all songs
save 2, 5, 7, and 8 which were
mixed by rob schnapf at sound factory
band photo by mike trujillo
phone cord photo by stephanie butts
Layout by - joel "rage" garcia
special debts of gratitude extended to kelly, ty,
andy kaulkin, donnell cameron, Steady Leather,
and the mike trujillo
"surrender." Taken from "Monsoon: The Movie"
osker po box 661604
los angeles, ca. 90066
US Rel. Date: 06/05/2001
EU Rel. Date: 05/22/2001
The most exciting thing about Idle Will Kill is Osker's mastery of its style. While last year's effort foreshadowed the band's disdain for the easily copied So-Cal punk style, its idiosyncratic take on punk rock is in full bloom on this record. Guitars are still apt to launch into crunchy, fast-paced riffs, though more deliberate, melodic breaks in the action make the band's harder side hit with more ferocity. Whether the band hangs a lonely guitar up in a midpaced weepy ("Kinetic") or throws down a melodic track filled with acoustic guitar that strips off the distortion and showcases the beauty of the band's songwriting ("Patience") there's much more respect for the more delicate side of songwriting on this album. Don't let that fool you: Osker still blows through the hearty punk rock like nobody's business with its share of burly tracks ("Contention").
Youth rarely sounds as honest as it does as Osker hangs up its dirty laundry on this album. Williams has the rare ability to make his delivery speak volumes about his subject matter and fill in the blanks that his minimal lyrics leave. Although Williams' words frequently look strange on paper -- they rarely scan and rhyme's a tool used infrequently -- when they come out of his mouth, they both make sense and sound great. If Williams bemoans the waiting game of growing up ("Anchor") or captures the tense standoff between a pair of feuding lovers ("Animal"), his idiosyncratic songwriting style shines on this record.
and inventive, are almost everything a modern band of this kind should be: post-
modern but never cynical, angry but never naive, accomplished but never reverential.
With a sound that slumps somewhere between Rancid and the Violent Femmes,
OSKER, who sound both pissed and pissed off, work on all manner of levels. If
all you want to do is dance, then Idle Will Kill - great title, no? - is a blast.
Within the ricochet beats and jarring guitars there are great songs. And when
vocalist Devon Williams sneers about 'making friends with f**king rock critics'
the reverberations are one of a sophisticated and intelligent sense of anger.
Average Fan Rating: 5.00