Hoarse, coarse and slavishly crude, the Texas outfit known as O Pioneers!!! might come across as a punk band at first — and, at its heart, it is — but beneath the growled aggression and blocky chords churns an artlessly artful, melancholy pulse that peels skin from flesh and pretention from assholes. Over the course of a dozen-plus releases, O Pioneers!!! has almost single-handedly resurrected a reverence for bygone legends like Rites of Spring and Archers of Loaf in a decade in which indie-rock awareness stops at the Strokes. In other words, this is what indie was originally meant to sound, smell and feel like: too emotional to pose and too honest to stay clean.
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