INFOBOXGenre(s): Folk, Jazz/Improvised Music, Pop
From: Carinthia, Vienna, Austria
ORGES & THE OCKUS-ROCKUS BAND – Orges Toçe’s voice is like a shovelful of gravel pickled in whiskey; his lyrics careen between cryptic sociopolitical pronouncements, back‐to-the-land utopianism, hymns to the bicycle and drunken philosophy. Orges & The Ockus‐Rockus Band plays fingerpickin’ country with a Balkan influence and a drunken, burlesque jazz aesthethic: rough‐and‐ready roots music and Devil take the hindmost–except when they slide into rolling ska or, even more surprisingly, contemplative tenderness.
The new record (Export-‐Import!, Toçe Records) conjures a world of anthropomorphic bugs, witches, bribeseeking border police in dark glasses, fatbosses in big cars…but most of all people everywhere, striving, scheming, swearing out hangovers and dreaming of sun and trees in postindustrial landscapes, shoeboxapartments and around three‐legged tables in basements that reek of spilled beer and cigarette smoke– all with a healthy portion of black humor and pure joie de vivre.
As the drunken sages recommend: Eat, drink and be merry, for Death sits at the table with you and when he gets bored he goes to work. Hajde!
Orges Toçe – Vox, Guitar
Christian Eberle – Drums
Bernd Satzinger – Double Bass