Like most young boys, I was obsessed with everything prehistoric. And since I never really grew up (yes, I fully admit it), when this week’s featured artist suggested shooting at the La Brea Tar Pits, I was in.

Unlike their choice of locations, Oedipus’ music is anything but prehistoric. Deftly mixing the heavy with the melodic, their music reminds me at times of modern prog rockers Muse and Coheed and Cambria (especially with songs like “Free” and “Holding out for More”). I like it. And It’s a musical path I really hope they continue to explore as they go to work on their next album.

Oedipus is a band on a mission: To take over the world one country at a time. Their first stop? Poland, where their single “Tres Las” is currently in the top 20 alongside more established artists like Pearl Jam, 30 Seconds to Mars and the aforementioned Muse. It can only be a matter of time before they lay siege to the rest of the world.

Here’s what singer Jeremy Haffner, guitarist Stephen Cohen and drummer Keith Larsen had to say about their music, their favorite Greek tragedy, and more:

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about Oedipus?

KEITH: Oedipus is a group of three relatively normal guys who love to play their instruments and sing their nuts off for anyone at any time, anywhere. We are down to earth people who work hard at what we do and want nothing more than to continue doing it full time. Aside form the normalcy of life we each posses superhuman powers that will be made known to the world in due time.

JEREMY: We're super lucky guys who get to do something we love, and share it with the world. Oh...and we will destroy you.

STEPHEN: We don't do what we do for the money, we do it for the love of writing and performing our music....but we'd do it for money too.

GA: What inspires you musically?

STEPHEN: Complicated music that sounds simple.  I really dig music that at first blush feels straightforward but when you sink your teeth into it the intricacies gush out.

KEITH: Anything remarkable. Inspiration does not necessarily have to be musical as music is only one outlet of ideas. We get inspiration for our music from a variety of art forms, visual and aural.

JEREMY: Most recently, solid backbeat. We started out playing really non linear prog rock, and have slowly been learning to write a song over the past few years, so bands that can marry interesting musicianship with solid harmony, and a beat that makes you want to jump is really doing it for us right now. It really is harder then you think.

GA: Word is you're big in Poland right now. Do you have a message for your fans there?

STEPHEN: Będziemy przynieść odbicie ty, wprowadzają hop! Do zobaczenia wkrótce! Dziękujemy bardzo za wsparcie!

KEITH: Dziękuję za wsparcie. Cieszymy się z możliwości gry dla Ciebie, spotkamy się i zabawa w Polska!

JEREMY: We're on our way, can we crash on your couch?

GA: Favorite Greek tragedy (besides 'Oedipus' of course)?

JEREMY: "Seven Against Thebes" the final chapter of Oedipus by another playwrite, Aeschylus, and by the same author, "The Persians."

KEITH: “Seven Against Thebes” is cool because it continues the story of Oedipus. He curses his sons by forcing them to divide their inheritance via a sword. In the end, they both die. Just goes to show ya that in a family duel with swords there is no good outcome.

STEPHEN: “Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus”. We humans should thank him for fire, art, metallurgy, math, medicine, etc...he was chained to that rock for a while. Sucks.

GA: What other local band or bands (besides yourselves of course) should people be checking out?

JEREMY: Moving Picture Show, Opus Dai, Julie, Cage 9, Rakoon, Eenik, Bikos, Cityzen, and sooo many more.

STEPHEN: Drugstore Fanatics, Natives of the New Dawn, The Elevaters, Cityzen, Bikos, Julie, Dick The Citizen, RaKoon, eEnik.

KEITH: Opus Dai, Cage 9, Megasoul Connector, The Elevators, Bikos, Sabrosa Purr off the top of my head. There are a lot of really good bands in Los Angeles.

GA: If you could do another gorillacoustic performance anywhere else in the world, where would you do it?

JEREMY: Shonbrunn Zoo, Vienna. Capilla del Rosario Santo Domingo Church, Puebla. Restaurant Mucha, Prague.

STEPHEN: On the set of Family Double Dare. At the very tip of the Santa Monica Pier.

KEITH: In front of the Sphinx of Giza or the Red Square in Moscow. Either would be dope.

GA: Worse end: Slowly sinking in Tar Pit or savagely attacked by Saber Tooth Tiger?

STEPHEN: Sinking in the pit is probably more agonizing cuz it takes so long to die, HOWEVER dying by Sabre Tooth Tiger attack means I spent the last few minutes of my life battling a Sabre Tooth Tiger which is pretty awesome.

KEITH: I would use my superhuman powers to turn the Saber Tooth Tiger into a smaller, more manageable kitty like a Calico although it would have to be a polydactyl though because 4 toed cats are too shifty. Upon making the change from Mr. Saber Tooth to "Mittens" I would then again use my superhuman powers to turn the Tar Pit into a jacuzzi and hang out with friends while watching the Blackhawks take the Cup.

JEREMY: Option c, licked to death by wooly mammoth.

Go to Oedipus’ myspace page now for info on how to purchase their latest album.



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