Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Sound description: Their music has been likened to the Breeders, Love and Rockets, or “a less drugged-out Spiritualized.”
RIYL: The Breeders, Love and Rockets, Polyphonic Spree, the Interns, Heart Beat Trail
- "Random DNA" · May 3, 2017
Based in Carlsbad, the Oxen features a couple of midwesterners and a Texan playing indie pop in sunny San Diego. Husband and wife team John Vineyard (of Dallas' 20-plus member choral rock band Polyphonic Spree) and Jozette Vineyard (who was once part of the Omaha punk scene) met at a 2006 Lady Dottie and the Diamonds show at the Tower Bar.
As of 2017, the duo was backed by a pop-punk drummer from Cleveland's the Interns, Matt Nelson, whose local bands include Heart Beat Trail. Bassist James Molden played his last show with the group at the Casbah on May 4, 2017, with drummer Matt Nelson leaving that October.
"I believe it is my time to take a step back and refocus on family, my personal and professional growth, and my emotional and psychological well being," said Nelson on Facebook. "The rest of the band doesn't appear to intend on missing a beat (bad pun, sorry). I can't definitively say what those plans are at this point in time, but I do know that we have a wealth of material recorded, a full length LP forthcoming, and a new drummer, undoubtedly, in the band's near future." That drummer turned out to be Ryan Mack (The Thens).