|Oxygen Thief - 'Destroy It Yourself' (Broken Tail Records)|
|Written by Craggy|
|Monday, 30 May 2011 05:30|
Bristol's Oxygen Thief, aka Barry Dolan, is a largely solo acoustic performer whose interesting style thankfully takes him away from being the next "folk" act, and avoids that most idiotic of monikers - "singer/songwriter". So don't expect his music to be gracing any annoying car or mobile phone adverts anytime soon (although never say never I guess), but instead expect something a little bit different from one man and his guitar.
'Destroy It Yourself' is the Thief's debut album, and is a follow up to 2009's split EP 'Exclamation At Asterisk Hash', which he shared with Jim Lockey and Ben Marwood. 'DIY' is a raucous acoustic punk album, but the intensity and freshness of it, coupled with a desire to make song subjects interesting (note the titles 'Terry Nutkins Salute' and 'Disaster Plan/Greater Aberystwyth'), make sure that the album commands an individual personality. This marriage of humour with an awareness of a local reality is what really captures the punk ethic.
Oxygen Thief is highly active on the live scene so if you fancy something a little more interesting than your average acoustic night you'd do a lot worse than catching this guy.