SIGE 29 / USA / 2015
The origin to the name Oakeater is instructive to the underlying framework for this Chicago outfit. “Loosely influenced by Norse Mythology and an industrial shredder” cites Oakeater’s Alex Barnett, locating the band as a chimera of loaded allegorical components. Barnett, alongside Seth Sher and Jeremiah Fisher, formed Oakeater in the mid-aughts, recording and performing in fits and starts. The division of labor is rather fluid in the use of re-purposed electronics bolstered by guitars, synths, drum machine, and voice. The compositions evolve out of their greater collectivity and an atmospheric tension made manifest through Oakeater’s channelling of dark energy. Oakeater’s psychic pressure cracks at the onset of the title track which surges in the repetitive chords of synth-noise and guitars constricting around the throttled vocalizations.