Odd Atrocity

Odd Atrocity (Post Grunge) - Pennsylvania

Odd Atrocity, the DIY post-grunge band was formed in 2019, formerly the band went by the name "LUCiD" until this year in 2022 when it was decided that a more unique name would be more fitting for the members. There are 4 members consisting of Cypher Eihwaz doing vocals, John Bramlett playing guitar, Jess Sheldon on bass, and Rayna Tabarez on the drums. The genre of Odd Atrocity has twisted through some phases as they navigated their way into making music together. All four are completely self-taught musicians and knew right away that they wanted to create original material together in this small college town of Edinboro, PA.

They create songs about real world topics from corruption and politics to mental health and substance abuse and they certainly match the intensity and power of these topics in not only the music itself but in their performances as well. This relatively new band has won runner up for Erie's best band by the Erie Reader's "Best of Erie" public voting two years in a row, as well as the drummer being voted 2021 top two instrumentalists. They were also featured in "Top Albums from Erie Artists 2021" article by Nick Warren.

"Heavy Lungs" Single Review
The track begins with timid melodic riffs as it slowly steadies itself with haunting vocals that look to match it perfectly. The methdoical build is effortless as the track starts to glide along and finally erupts around the one minute mark. The crunch is in the foreferont but goes hand in hand with the awesome vocals that hit hard with passion and emotion. The guitar work is on point throughout and even as the track dips back down to more chilled back tones around the two minute mark. The second verse picks up where the first verse left off with its more laid back moody Grunge sound. The chorus brings back the high energy and heaviness to the fray. The bridge takes the listener on a journey of melody with vocals and building instrumentation that just hits all the feels and blasts back in with a hefty guitar solo. The ending of the track sees the instrumentation play it out with some Grunge fuzz.

Odd Atrocity hits on all cylinders with their newest single.

-Interview- (6/27/22)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Odd Atrocity" and is there any meaning behind it?

All of us are self taught musicians who have been into playing, learning and practicing music since childhood, we all became friends and realized we all wanted the same thing, to create together and be heard! So we started our band, originally named "LUCiD" and changed this year to Odd Atrocity. It was a toss-up of many different names we all voted on until ultimately deciding on this one. The name came from our singer Cypher, and it seemed fitting as we are an odd bunch and often joke about our music in deprecating ways. One song we have is called "Tell Us We Suck" and we love to encourage the crowd to loudly boo at us before we play it.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

When people listen to our music we want them to feel seen and understood. Our music is about real world issues like corruption, religion, politics, mental health and substance abuse. Making people feel less alone in their struggles and being able to open up that dialogue and normalize those types of conversations means a lot to us.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

The sound is pretty unique with each song being able to be categorized differently, it's definitely alternative and intense at times, but also danceable and light hearted at other times.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Violent Soho, Queens of the Stone Age, and Bush.

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

We are all best friends and live closely so during quarantine we were able to keep creating and practicing, when things slowly started to open back up it definitely changed how shows were being done but thankfully we were able to have safe shows. We remember one specifically where there was caution tape around the stage so no one could get too close and they had circles painted in the grass for people to stand in and dance around without being close to each other and I think its pretty cool that people came up with creative ways to still enjoy live music.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Post Grunge?

Post grunge and all forms of grunge really are great and give me nostalgia from the late 90s. Grunge can be done in so many ways, melodic and deep to powerful and intense.

7. What’s the current music scene like locally there in Pennsylvania?

I think the music scene here is really starting to thrive lately. There are countless bands playing gigs every weekend and Erie is really a pool of insane talent, there are a lot of younger musicians stepping out and forming bands that just absolutley kick ass.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

Honestly streaming services are scamming artists and it really sucks because its the most popular way to consume music these days. They can definitely get you heard but unless you're getting millions of streams there really isn't much money in it.

9. What's next for Odd Atrocity?

We are continuing playing shows and festivals and recording, we have new music to be released soon and we are very excited about everything the future holds for us.

10. Any shoutouts?

A huge shout out to our producer Brian Gloskey, he is nothing short of an absolute gem of a human being. Recording with him is always a huge pleasure and a great time and he is one of our most favorite people. Also a shout out to some promoters and organizers whom we adore, Dread Metal Productions, Bob Jensen the owner of local venue Basement Transmissions, any show we have booked with them has always been fun and unique and they are such a pleasure to work with. Local bar Philly on the Rock's, PACA, Lavery's Brewing Co, all great hosts for a memorable experience performing. Our manager Marley who takes care of the daunting tasks and helps in so many ways behind the scenes. Lastly, all of our friends and supporters who show up to shows, who interact and support us online, without them we would not be doing any of this.