Rubber Oh is the solo project of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs guitarist and producer Sam Grant and ‘Nothing’ is the second taste of the forthcoming album Strange Craft which has just been announced.
Grant’s aim for Rubber Oh is a tactile experience: “I want people to imagine that feeling of rubber – its physical memory, the unnatural vibe of it. It’s so tactile but alien, but also difficult not to know. It’s an odd analogy, but that’s what this music is for me” and this song is about “the weight of thought, and the freedom in letting go. But the lyrics are meant to sit in a space that’s both optimistic and hopeful, and equally readable as pessimistic and futile – playing with the ideas of dualism and Nihilism.“
That sense of a dichotomy, the push and pull, pervades the song as it manages to be sound soothing and uneasy in equal measure. It has a warmth to the sound but with an occasional chill blowing across it; like the feeling you are being watched. It’s a glorious sound and it’s made me eager to hear the album.
The lyric video (below) was made by Teeth of the Sea’s Mike Bourne and has the hyper-real light quality of a current gen video game like the Far Cry series with the added shiny-juicy plumpness of Krispy Kreme’s glazed donuts. Yum!
Strange Craft is released by Rocket Recordings on 3 June and can be ordered via all good independent record stores and via the Rubber Oh Bandcamp page (including a coloured vinyl version).
Live dates for Rubber Oh:
Thu 02 Jun 2022 – Manchester, YES
Fri 03 Jun 2022 – London, The Lexington
Sat 04 Jun 2022 – Newcastle, The Cluny 2
Review by Paul F Cook