Fat Bobby, Kid Millions, and Baby Jane make up Oneida. They are sonic heroes to kids everywhere; you'll see their shirts being worn all over the US and in Europe. These three Brooklyn lads have been making interesting and powerful music for years now, and with their latest album on Jagjaguwar, "Secret Wars," they're finally getting some of the attention they deserve. Since their inception in 1997, Oneida has been compared to everyone from Sonic Youth to The Stooges, and the comparisons are not without merit. Oneida are known for the live shows and tour often; they'll play anywhere to just about anyone. Their live show will kick you in face and punch you in the stomach, but don't worry, you'll end up loving it. You won't be able to get enough, and you'll just want to buy all their albums. Oneida is hitting the road next week for an extensive European tour. Tour dates are available at their Enemy Hogs website (find the link below). Concussions are not promised, but see them if you can. Brad Rose conducted this interview with Fat Bobby via email
Fat Bobby: Folks who are, or might be, coming to those shows should expect some maniacally happy guys who are seriously thrilled to have abandoned the dregs of a shitty New York winter for some new, hopefully more temperate surroundings. Expect these guys to tear the living shit out of ears and sound systems, and to be extremely polite and well-mannered in a way not usually associated with Americans abroad. Also, Italians: please expect at least one guy who asks a lot of questions about your immigration laws, and how can I get a place to live in Naples, and is there any work available?
FB: I really would love to play in Spain, Portugal, and Greece - Oneida needs to thoroughly explore southern Europe and the Mediterranean. This time round we just didn't have the time to make it possible, but I ain't planning on ever sleeping well until I've gotten to rock in Greece.
FB: Whoa, that's a tough one. Terrible shows are usually tied up in mental states and shitty performances, rather than in venues. I mean, we've had incredible nights in some of the worst dumps, and regrettable nights in perfectly nice joints. That said, I'm gonna have to go with the Living Room in Providence, RI (fall 1997). Sunday night after a KRS-One show the night before, and I mention it only because nobody had bothered to clean the vomit off the carpeted floor. But it's cool, you know - could have been a great show anyway. But, uh, it wasn't.
FB: Yeah, that was actually December of 2002, in Brooklyn. It was fucking great; I've loved Mudhoney since high school - in fact, it's no stretch to say they were my favorite band, or one of them. And you know what? They're funny guys who are totally unpretentious, and still make interesting music. That's pretty fucking rare, really. It's unusual that a band who's been around for a long time isn't hung up on their "status," and isn't trying to make music to recapture something that's long gone. They're just rocking like they want too, and that rules.
-- Brad Rose (14 June, 2005)