OIL BOOM: Terribility: CD

Jan 31, 2018

I was super-duper impressed with Oil Boom’s last album, Red Metal, when it was released in 2014. It was a hodgepodge of various styles (dance punk, Motown groove, power pop) that worked well together. It is one of the best albums I’ve ever received to review for Razorcake, and given I’ve been writing for the zine since 2005, that’s saying something. The Dallas band’s follow-up, the ten-song Terribility, is along those same lines, musically. It’s got wonderful grooves and still retains a power pop feel. What impresses me most are the tunes like “Last Call for Milkshakes” and “Horseclothes,” which are total burners. Their tempo is quick and hits hard, yet still retains catchy hooks. They’re songs you know right away are winners—no question. The hardcore punk rocker in me could listen to an entire album of songs like this. That’s not to say the rest of the album falls short. The sound has a good dance vibe, especially on the ‘70s funk of “By Degrees.” The entire thirty-four minutes is hook after hook, couched in various genres or hybrids of them, with each hitting hard. Fans of power pop, dance punk, and the occasional greasy southern rock tune will find Terribility to be a winner. –Kurt Morris (Dreamy Life)