Every city has their couple of legendary frontmen, the lead singers of raucous rock bands. They’re the embodiment of rock ’n’ roll, usually with all the balls-out, self-destructive baggage that goes along with it. London has Mick Jagger. Detroit has Iggy Pop. New York has Handsome Dick Manitoba. Los Angeles has David Lee Roth. We have Orville Bateman Neely III, better known as as the frontman for the OBN III’s, and that’s all we need – it’s the best rock ’n’ roll injection in town.
Thankfully for us they’re playing an in-store event at End of Ear tonight before heading out on a month-long tour. They’ve got a new album coming out on the 12XU label titled Worth A Lot Of Money. If their new album is anything like their past releases, I can assure you it’ll be chock full of catchy guitar hooks, don’t-give-a-damn lyrics and vocals dripping with swagger.
Let’s face the facts – we’re overrun with countless numbers of sloppy garage-rock bands holding on to some type of “lo-fi” glory. The number of bands that play true rock ’n’ roll from the heart and aren’t afraid to strut a little are few – that’s why we need to light a candle for Stiv Bators, Bon Scott, and Darby Crash and thank them for delivering us the OBN III’s.
End of an Ear is located at 2209 South 1st St. Admission is free. Show starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the End of an Ear website here. Bring money for records!