It’s not every day a band makes a game out of its website, but that’s exactly what Queens-based outfit Oxymorrons has done with its online home.
To coincide with the release of their latest single “Hello Me,” the group has taken the cover artwork of said single – a pair of hands holding a female figure – and turned it into an online game where visitors can move a pair of hands around the screen to catch falling females and other items. “If you break a certain amount on the score, we reach out and send you gifts, codes, concert tickets and things like that,” says co-vocalist Ashmy Bellevue, who also goes by “K.I.,” calling from Queens. “Sometimes, you just go to a website and it’s just all right – you got information. We give you a reason to stay, outside of the music.”
The game is just another example of how Oxymorrons strives to be engaging to audiences while still remaining offbeat and unpredictable. Since they were youngsters, Bellevue and his brother Dave (aka “Deee”), aspired to start a band. “Me and my brother, we always wanted to create music,” says co-vocalist Deee, also on the line from Queens. “A few years ago, we pieced together a few of our band players – some ditched out, some stayed.” Guitarist Adam November, bassist Joe Jordan and drummer Matty Mayz now round out the the group. As Deee says, “The core that we have now is pretty much awesome.”
Oxymorrons has been mostly cited as a hip-hop group, but judging by “Hello,” they’re not afraid to go down the emo route. (You can also refer to them as “urban alternative,” which Wikipedia does.) Since these bros were inspired by many different artists during their younger years, starting a band that could change genres on a dime didn’t seem like an impossible dream. “Music is supposed to be a reflection of your life, so we don’t just listen to hip-hop,” says Deee. “We grew up listening to all kinds of bands, from Blink 182 to Queen – one of our favorite bands ... – to N.E.R.D., stuff like that.… For us, there are too many categories of music. It should be all about feeling and what it sounds like, rather than how you want to categorize it.”
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They’ve been touring professionally for the past two years, opening for many hip-hop players, ranging from Waka Flocka to Lupe Fiasco to Salt-N-Pepa. The most fun they had was opening for rap-rock group Gym Class Heroes, fellow eclectic eccentrics whom Oxymorrons obviously found a bond with. “They were the first ones to put us on a really, really huge tour and have us receive direct support and support what we do,” says Deee. “(Frontman) Travie (McCoy) and the rest of those guys – they’re like brothers to us.”
A lot of the artists that blend and mix genres – we tend to gravitate and work with. It’s really quite simple. They already get it.
Ashmy “K.I.” Bellevue of Oxymorrons
Adds K.I., “A lot of the artists that blend and mix genres – we tend to gravitate and work with. It’s really quite simple. They already get it.”
While they have an EP scheduled to drop later this summer, Oxymorrons can currently be seen headlining their first tour, called the Geeked Out Tour, which will make a stop June 1 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. Expect them to turn out a show that’s just as fun and unusual as their music, their website and, of course, their name. “It came from us just wanting to do different sounds, from rock and hip-hop and fusion, and make it actually work,” Deee says, referring to the creation of the moniker. “We’re like fire and ice or jumbo shrimp – it doesn’t make sense to work, but it does work, and it’s all there.”
“We’re a band and we make music, pretty straight simple,” adds K.I. “Whether you’re rapping, whether you’re singing – we pretty much do it all.”
Who: Oxymorrons, with Konvo the Mutant
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Local 506, 506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Details: 919-942-5506 or local506.com