OBN III's (Tic Tac Totally)
Reviewed by Austin Powell, Fri., Feb. 1, 2013
OBN III's(Tic Tac Totally)
OBN III's namesake provocateur, Orville Bateman Neeley III, makes punk rock look easy, as if it's as simple as throwing on a tattered T-shirt and picking a fight with the guy in the first row. "I could give a shit," he shrugs amid the early Stones chug of "No Way to Rock 'n Roll," culled from a local Super Secret Records 7-inch, "but I just don't think I do." There's far more at work on OBN III's self-titled second album than Neeley lets on. It's an impressive work of chiseled determination, with chain-gang power chords, a rough-and-tumble rhythm section, and hooks that connect like brass knuckles. Opening couplet "You Wanna Bitch?" and "So What If We Die" pack a knife to Black Flag's "TV Party," pitting hardcore intensity with pub-punk's taunting defiance. Likewise, the sonic R&B of "Driving Dream" and heavy sway of "Stick and Move" prove guitarist Jason Smith the perfect right-hand man.