Radio Summer Camp is in full swing — yesterday’s show with Liars at Turner Hall was fantastic. Both band and the audience hugely enjoyed the night and we couldn’t have asked for a better kickoff show. Check out photos from the performance, compliments of Turner photographer CJ Foeckler, *here*.
Today we keep the energy up and running with not only by hosting shows at various venues around the city, but by bringing you a little prelude to a performance, compliments of some in-studio interviews. Namely, WMSE and Andy of Zero Hour will welcome the one and only Jack Oblivian [of the Oblivians] onto the airwaves at 2 p.m. today. Oblivian will play with the Tennessee Tearjerkers, John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives, Milwaukee’s Fair Weather Friends and the Get Drunk DJs tonight at the Bay View Brewhaus (2535 S. Kinnickinnic) at 9 p.m. Along for the interview will be John Paul Keith. Tune in if you’re an Oblivians fan and a Radio Summer Camp fan — Oblivian will be providing anecdotes, musical memories and more.
Oblivian [Jack Yarber] formed the Oblivians in 1993 with Greg Cartwright/’Oblivian’ and Goner Records founder Eric Friedl/’Oblivian’ in Memphis. Each member traded vocals and instruments throughout their performances and recordings as the Oblivians, drawing crowds of garage punk fans who liked the abrasive yet tuneful qualities the band cranked out with its off/on punk and blues mixings. The stripped down qualities of the Oblivians also intrigued during live performances, the three ditching any bass (no bass player or bass/kick drum on their kit), but lead to occasional trouble when recording — Sun Studios refused the Oblivians a space to record unless they showed up with a bassist. The band declined.
The band went on to record three LPs, several EPs and singles and eventually split up in 1998. Currently, Friedl plays with the Dutch Masters, Cartwright in the Reigning Sound and Yarber in Jack Oblivian and the Tennessee Tearjerkers.
The Oblivians, “Trouble”
The Oblivians, “Do the Milkshake”