Oneida Prep New Album(s), Tour

Oneida Prep New Album(s), Tour
Brooklyn retro rock noisemakers Oneida have finally dished out details of their forthcoming studio full-length, Preteen Weaponry. On August 5, the album is set to drop via their own label, Brah Records, and promises to embrace the band’s more instrumental, jammier side. The record also marks the first chapter in the Thank Your Parents project, the band’s new three-part commentary on the state of recorded popular music.

Via the band’s website, Oneida explain all (kind of): "All of you suckers who still buy CDs, I feel sorry for you (and for me — but for other reasons I’m not going to go into here), but Oneida’s still gonna hook you up. We made a new one. It’s called Preteen Weaponry and it’s the first installment of the Thank Your Parents trilogy, which is a thesis on the state of recorded popular music in the 21st century. The thesis is that you can record music and make CDs, LPs and then transfer the stuff into MP3s of various qualities.”

On record, what all this translates to is one big 40-minute jam divided into three parts with very little reliance on the vocal front — a move that should come as no surprise to most longtime followers. However, if you fear you’ll miss the trio’s lovely "singing” voices, the band plan to bring them back in 2009 with their long-threatened triple album titled Rated O, which the band say they are putting the finishing touches on right now.

In non-album Oneida news, the group are also gearing up for their Don’t Look Back-style performances of their 2005 album, The Wedding. Throughout the band’s summer tour dates, Oneida have promised to deliver a full-on mixed media spectacle that will feature the album in its entirety, "re-envision [The Wedding] as an abstract narrative" and "present [each show] as a unique hybrid of multimedia concert and non-didactic rock opera." (We are unsure if these fancy words come from the band themselves or some clever publicist, but either way, it all sounds pretty nuts.)

Here is the tracklisting for Preteen Weaponry followed by those tour dates:

Preteen Weaponry
1. Preteen Weaponry Part 1
2. Preteen Weaponry Part 2
3. Preteen Weaponry Part 3

Oneida tour dates:

6/07 Montreal QC, La Sala Rossa (Suoni per il Popolo) *
6/13 New York NY, The Kitchen (performing The Wedding)
6/14 New York NY, The Kitchen (performing The Wedding)
6/21 Louisville KY, Melwood Arts Center (Terrastock)
7/12 Brooklyn NY, TBA
8/12 Philadelphia PA, Johnny Brenda's
8/13 Pittsburgh PA, 31st Street Pub #
8/14 Cleveland OH, Beachland #
8/15 Toronto ON, TBA
8/16 Chicago IL, Empty Bottle #
8/17 Bloomington IN, The Bluebird #
8/18 Nashville TN, TBA
8/19 Memphis TN, The Hi-Tone #
8/20 Atlanta GA, Drunken Unicorn #
8/21 Winston-Salem NC, Werehouse #
8/22 Chapel Hill NC, Local 506 #
8/23 Washington DC, Black Cat #
* with Carla Bozulich's Evangelista
# with Dirty Faces