Release Date: Oct 10, 2006
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
To the skeptics who scowled at Oxford Collapse's move to Sub Pop in spring 2006, you have been defeated. Producer John Agnello (Jawbox, Buffalo Tom, Sonic Youth) assists Oxford Collapse in keeping things clean and consistent throughout Remember the Night Parties. Ultimately, the band has arrived with a poppier-sounding album while their signature sour earnestness remains intact.
Oxford Collapse is from Brooklyn, but, if they ever wanted to move, they'd be right at home in Chapel Hill. Their third full-length and first on Sub Pop, is full of the kind of indie jangle cut with dissonance that Archers of Loaf pioneered, landing somewhere between Superchunk's fuzz-distorted pop and Polvo's muscular abstractions. A hasty A/B/C session finds Remember the Night Parties a little cleaner than Good Ground and a lot more grown-up than debut Some Wilderness, maybe due to indie heavy-weight John Agnello's presence (he's also a factor on the Hold Steady's latest).