Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 5, 2008 at 10:58 am

Oxford Collapse, Bits (Sub Pop, 2008)

MP3: “The Birthday Wars”

If your band plays enthusiastic, sloppy jangle rock, that enthusiasm best stem from the admiration you have from those who sloppily jangled before you.  Brooklyn’s Oxford Collapse is fully aware of this principle and takes it to heart. On Bits, their fourth full length (and second for Sub Pop), they tear their way through a 38-minute blend of the catchy, unaffected indie-rock of yore, while putting their own spin on the sound. There are lots of bands out there copping the style of 80s and 90s college rock, but not that many who have a deep enough knowledge — not to mention the hooks and the zeal — to do so without sounding derivative.  Oxford Collapse does, and this makes Bits a fun and inspiring listen. Sure you’ll be reminded to rediscover some old indie favorites, but you’ll also find Oxford Collapse’s Bits, easily fits in the crate between your Minutemen and Portastatic records like it always lived there. — Laura Witkowski

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