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Album Review: Lee Corey Oswald – “Darkness, Together”

Lee Corey Oswald - Darkness TogetherLee Corey Oswald‘s latest album is a fantastic step forward for the Portland based punk/rock act. Darkness, Together forms this particular sound of small town America, desperation, emotional loss, growing up, and dreams of something bigger. It’s an album I didn’t give the time it deserves in 2018, but truly grew to love as I listened through.

The band has put together a great sound over time, with some iconic lyrical shaping through their past releases, and that continues on for Darkness, Together. Lee Corey Oswald originated from Scranton in Pennsylvania, building themselves in the vibrant punk scene alongside bands such as Title Fight and Tigers Jaw. However after moving to Portland, they took the lifestyle and indie scene from the area and weaved influence from it into their sound. There’s an emotional urgency at times, but also contemplation and poetic strings of thought, notably within the track “Neighborhoods.” Lee Ellis, the vocalist, ponders the idea of a regular life and expectations in a suburban neighborhood, building to a beautiful delivery of “As your kids grow they’ll help in the garden, go to school, just to learn it’s not what they belong in.”

Musically the band naturally shifts through faster punk sounds and this incredibly catchy rolling flow. The first track “Asbury Waters” has a heavier sound, with more emphasis placed on each tone, and a rather deliberate delivery. This transitioning into the fuzzy and bright ‘Neighborhoods’ shows the range of the band, keeping their own flavor across their styles. Thematically they do the same, melding the different ideas they’re playing with and seamlessly flowing from one to another. There’s the idea of growing up, escaping expectations and subverting cliche to live your own life. This features across “Asbury Waters,” into a different form through “Neighborhoods,” then is placed much more firmly through “You Want To Be Right or Happy.” The tracks discuss running from the past, denying the present, and the darkness of the future.

There’s so much to identify with in the current climate, from stories of alienation in the suburbs, growing up, love and loss from friends to the bands we all cherish. ‘Desperate,’ despite the repetition of ‘You’re in love, in love, in love‘ and ‘We’re in love, in love, in love,’ subverts a love song into the idea of his love for someone, who loves another, yet they still both feel a love which gives them a togetherness in the protagonist’s mind. “Free Stuff” perfectly encapsulates a satirical presentation of how we all do what we need to get by in the modern day, whilst “Curse Words” goes back to the other side of suburban living in moving back in with your mother and helping her out.

But where all these themes so brilliantly captured come together is in the final track, “Darkness, Together (11/20/85).” The loss of a friend puts everything into perspective, and contemplating how to cope with a world that keeps moving on past you. The closing lines to the song are all too relatable, ‘And all the bands that we would talk about, if only you were still around.’ The desperation for just one more conversation on something which draws so many people together. The name of the album truly matches what it discusses, the idea of darkness, depression, and all these negative things, and how we experience it together, even if apart.

Darkness, Together was released on October 12th, 2018 via A-F Records, and can be streamed via Bandcamp here.



Lee Corey Oswald stream new album “Darkness, Together”

Portland based punk band Lee Corey Oswald are streaming their new album Darkness, Together, which was released on October 12, 2018 via A-F Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Lee Corey Oswald last released Unhealthy in October 2017.



Lee Corey Oswald release third single “Head Over Heels” off upcoming album “Darkness, Together”

Portland based punk band Lee Corey Oswald recently premiered a new track called “Head Over Heels.” It will be off of the band’s new album titled “Darkness, Together”, due out October 12, 2018 via A-F Records.

“Head Over Heels” is the third single from the album. In August, the band released the first single, “Neighborhood.” Following this was the September release of the video for the second single, “Ferris Wheel.”

This album will be Lee Corey Oswald’s latest release since “Unhealthy” in October 2017, and it is available for pre-order right here. In the meantime, you can stream the first three singles off “Darkness, Together” below.



Lee Corey Oswald premiere music video for “Ferris Wheel”

Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald have premiered a new music video for their new single “Ferris Wheel” which can be found on the band’s new album Darkness, Together which is due out October 12 via A-F Records.

Pre-orders for the album are available here.

Check out the video below.



Lee Corey Oswald announce new album, stream

Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald have announced that they will be releasing a new album, Darkness, Together, on October 12th via A-F Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect, the band is streaming the first single from the album, “Neighborhood.”  You can give it a listen below.

Lee Corey Oswald last released Unhealthy in October 2017. 



No Sleep Records release “No Sleep ’till Christmas 7” compilation (Rocky Votolato, Lee Corey Oswald and more)

The kind folks at Huntington Beach-based label No Sleep Records have just released their the newest installment of their No Sleep ‘Till Christmas compilation series. This year’s edition, the 7th in the series, features holiday-themed offerings from the likes of the likes of Lee Corey Oswald, Anakin, Foreign Tongues, Looming, and the great Rocky Votolato.

Check it out for stream/free download below.



Off With Their Heads add Spraynard and Lee Corey Oswald to fall tour

Minneapolis punks Off With Their Heads have added Spraynard and Lee Corey Oswald as support for their upcoming fall tour, which kicks off on October 4th in Chicago, Illinois.

If you missed the initial tour announcement, you can find all the dates and locations below.

Off With Their Heads released their latest full-length album Home in April of 2013 through Epitaph Records.



Lee Corey Oswald announce fall US tour dates

Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald have announced a month’s worth of tour dates that’ll find them on the road from September 18th in Fort Collins, Colorado, until October 14th in San Francisco, California. Included on the jaunt are dates alongside Off With Their Heads, Cayetana, and Soda Bomb. Check out the full rundown below.

Lee Corey Oswald’s latest album, “Regards,” came out last year on No Sleep Records.



Full Album Stream: Lee Ellis (Lee Corey Oswald) – “Me And This Army”

Today marks the release of Lee Corey Oswald guitarist/vocalist Lee Ellis’ debut solo album “Me and This Army” through No Sleep Records.

The entire album is being made available to stream, which can be heard below.

Ellis’ fulltime band Lee Corey Oswald will be on Warped Tour all summer.



New Video: Lee Corey Oswald – “Sarah, Work Is A Four-Letter Word”

Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald have released a brand-new music video. It’s for a track called “Sarah, Work Is A Four-Letter Word.” Check it out here.

“Sarah, Work Is A Four-Letter Word,” as you probably know by now, appears on LCO’s album “Regards,” which came out last year on No Sleep Records. As you should also know, LCO’s Lee Ellis has a solo album called “Me And This Army” due out next month on No Sleep. Pre-orders are available here.



Lee Ellis (Lee Corey Oswald) announces debut solo album, streams new song

Lee Corey Oswald guitarist/vocalist Lee Ellis has announced that he will be releasing his debut solo album Me and This Army on June 23rd via No Sleep Records.  You can hear the first single, “Arthur,” right here as you feast your eyes on the album art above, and the track list below.



Video: Lee Corey Oswald and Allison Weiss cover Weezer’s “El Scorcho”

Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald have released a live video of themselves covering Weezer’s “El Scorcho,” with the help of pop punk singer-songwriter Allison Weiss.

Check out the video, which was recorded at the No Sleep Records warehouse, below.



Music video: Lee Corey Oswald – “Scatterbrain”

Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald have permiered the music video for their song “Scatterbrain” which appears on their latest album Regards.

You can check it out below.

Regards was released this past August through No Sleep Records.



Lee Corey Oswald announce spring tour with Kind of Like Spitting and The City On Film

Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald have announced a spring 2015 tour opening for Topshelf indie bands Kind of Like Spitting & The City On Film (Bob Nanna of Braid). Check out the routing below.

The band’s most recent album, Regards, was released this past August through No Sleep Records.



Warped Tour 2015 announce second batch of bands (blessthefall, Lee Corey Oswald and more)

The second batch of bands for next year’s installment of the Vans Warped Tour has been announced. Today’s announcement features the likes of blessthefall, Lee Corey Oswald, Alive Like Me, Family Force 5, Hundredth, and Trophy Eyes. This brings us to a total of eleven bands announced so far. To the best of our knowledge, all eleven will be playing the entire Warped Tour.

Tickets for Warped Tour 2015 go on sale this Friday (December 12th). Get yours online here.