Callupsie / Ormus Gold

Eighth Street Tap Room

Lawrence has enjoyed a bit of sibling rivalry with Omaha ever since that Saddle-Creek business blew up, but it may have to fend off a new southward challenger with Tulsa bands like Callupsie coming into their own. The indie rock quartet has a firm handle on the kind of interweaving guitar juju that Minus the Bear and Chin Up Chin Up trademarked, blending that with serene vocals and chunky drum-and-bass grooves. The group's debut self-titled album featured production from Stephen Egerton of the Descendents and cheerleading from fellow Tulsans Aqueduct (no word yet on what Hanson thought...). In May of 2008, former Piglet bassist Ezra Sandzer-Bell sold most of his things in Chicago and boarded a plane to Kansas. His plan was to start a band with Casey Burge (former singer/songwriter of Kelpie, current guitarist of The Button Band). Ezra flew into Kansas on the 12th of May and the duo played their first show as Ormus Gold exactly ten days later. Recent demos bring to mind the blissful orchestrations of the Flaming Lips' "Soft Bulletin" and the poppy psychedelics of Olivia Tremor Control.

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