Osaka Street Cutter has decided to do things differently.
It makes sense, really. Everything about the boys from Osaka is a little strange. Nothing quite adds up. Most bands fit very neatly into a certain pigeon-hole, and the astute listener can tell exactly where their influences came from.
Not with Osaka.
One song seems to hearken back to the naked, emotional confessions of 90s emo. The next, a shimmering testament to classic Brit-pop with a towering, melodic guitar solo. After that? The catchiest piece of synth-pop this side of 1984.
The band formed in early 2011 and released the single “Macy’s Beachway” shortly afterwards. The lineup was stabilized after drummer Adam Salameh joined the fold a few months later. The rest of the guys go like this – Jimmy Farina: guitar and vocals; John Godfrey: bass, keys and vocals; Dan Garrity: guitar, bass, keys, saxophone, percussion, harmonica (and counting).
The full lineup released its debut EP “Consensual Reality” in the spring of 2012. The EP – featuring the 4 band members dressed up in chicken suits outside a Cambridge poultry slaughterhouse – consisted of five songs that John and Jimmy had been working on for years. The finalization of these tunes allowed the band to begin truly experimenting and finding its collective voice for the first time. The first product of this period of exploration is the single “Eisenhower,” set to be released on Presidents’ Day 2013.
“Eisenhower” embodies the magic and mystery of Osaka in many ways – the disparate influences, the gorgeous melodies, the passionate wails, the introspective lyrics cloaked in loss and nostalgia. As if that wasn’t enough, a 3-part horn section punctures the song’s environment, offering its own ideas about the textural landscape.
For now, there will be no “full-lengths.” There will be no EPs. Single by single, Osaka Street Cutter plans on conquering the world.