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Devon Guitar 

Dave Bass, Backing Vocals 

Kelly Drums 

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Osker is surprising a lot of people these days. This very young band (singer/songwriter/guitarist Devon Williams is only 19) has just recorded an album so full of texture and emotion that it's hard to believe that a year ago, they were mostly known for fast & snotty anthems as well as the ability to piss off everyone around them including their fans, fellow bands, their record company, not to mention the entire nation of Canada.

"Idle Will Kill" is Osker's second album in as many years and the opening notes make it clear that they have no intention of being typecast as So-Cal Punk or anything else for that matter. "Patience, is nothing worth holding on to..." croons Williams over a backing of a lone acoustic guitar. Cascading piano chords, courtesy of bass player and key collaborator, Dave Benitez, help bring the song to a swirling, hooky finish less than 2 minutes later. This is a far cry from the almost Rancid-like thrash of their first album, "Treatment 5", but it works, both on their own terms and as Punk Rock. The album continues on a journey through many different tempos and textures all united by great songwriting and a fully realized interplay between the musicians. For pure melodic punk pleasure, try "Strangled", "Contention", "Out Of Touch", or the Cheap Trick meets Replacements anthem "Motionless". If you want noise and aggression, check out the feedback laden "Animal", or "Piece By Piece". Two of the best songs on the album, "Kinetic" and "Disconnect", are slower with layers of guitars and poetic lyrics. They show a growing sophistication in the band only hinted at on their debut.

Like so many before them, it was a sense of alienation that inspired Devon Williams and bassist Dave Benitez to form a ban...



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