Sick Thoughts at the Buccaneer 

Baltimore's Drew Owen brings his home-recording wrecking machine to the Buccaneer this Thursday night when his band Sick Thoughts play with locals Aquarian Blood and Gimp Teeth. Since claiming the garage-punk crown from New Orleans provocateur Buck Biloxi last year, Owen has placed himself at the top of the trash heap, with his only real competition in massive-output perhaps being Martin Meyer of Lumpy and the Dumpers (St. Louis). Sick Thoughts released new music almost every month of 2014, throwing songs out in the form of singles, cassette tapes, and EPs. By the end of the year, Owen had worked with just about every relevant garage punk label in the game including Slovenly, Goner, Kenrock, Goodbye Boozy, and Going Underground.

click to enlarge Sick Thoughts - JOSH MILLER
  • Josh Miller
  • Sick Thoughts

With so much recorded output released in such little time, it comes as no surprise that Owen frequently changes up his sound, dabbling in power pop, hardcore punk, and even "techno synth sludge metal." But no matter what genre of music he's tackling/making fun of, Owen's approach is almost immediately identifiable. And while it might be easy to knock Sick Thoughts for taking the quantity over quality route, Owen's prolific discography seems to be the product of one thing: he's having fun. And I don't mean he's having fun in an ironic pizza-party-thrash-metal way, or a tongue-in-cheek, dance-around-onstage-in-my-underwear type of way. His music is still authentic and believable, it's just obvious that this perma-teen from Baltimore is enjoying what he's doing, which is refreshing in a genre that has plenty of bands exuding a fake, tough-guy attitude.

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

News Blog

Supreme Court Steps In on Fayette Church Matter

Intermission Impossible

Muhammad Ali Meets Stepin Fetchit at The Hattiloo Theatre

News Blog

Task Force Considers Medical Cannabis

News Blog

Trolleys Return to the Tracks for Testing

Music Blog

Jessi Zazu: In Memoriam

Beyond the Arc

Deflections: The Roster, TV Angst, and The Buy/Sell Clause

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

The Vietnam War

We Saw You

Cooper-Young Fest, Big Bugs, Art of Caring

Music Blog

Linda Heck: Bound to ExCITM tonight

Intermission Impossible

A Memory of Charles Billings

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Chris Shaw

Readers also liked…

  • Solo Survivor

    Ray Wylie Hubbard: Outlaw Country to Country Blues.
    • Apr 18, 2017
  • Pezz: Hardcore Survivors

    In the age of Trump, the only Memphis band that matters.
    • Jun 29, 2017
  • A New Booker in Town

    John Miller on being director of events at Lafayette’s.
    • May 12, 2016
ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation