If Lightning Strikes Us Both
When a band first forms, there is generally a model--no matter how rigid or how loose--that will dictate what that band will sound like. When the three members of Ocelots first gathered, it was with instruments in hand. There was intentionally no discussion of a model and none of the members had a clue what it would sound like when they first plugged in. The lack of any model is what has dictated the sound of Ocelots. Chris Hargrow (guitar, vocals) and Greg Wagner (bass, vocals) had played together for several years in the instrumental noise-rock band Garage Sale, while Paul Spivey (drums) had previously played with Hargrow in the short-lived indie pop band, Something. The three came together as Ocelots in Nashville, TN in mid 2001 and released their first CD, The Truth About Ocelots in July, 2002. They continued writing and performing through several years of members living in various states. Now, with all three members back in Nashville, recording has been added to the band's agenda. They are excited to be releasing their second album, If Lightning Strikes Us Both. With this new album, Ocelots has become more confident in their shapeshifting sound. You can hear the same passion behind the complex arrangement of 'Two Years After the Fact...' as you can in the blitzkrieg punk of 'Everybody Wants MOR'. The same energy is as present in the playfulness of 'Psychotic Mood Right Now' as it is in the desperation of ''01 Comeback'. Their range is further represented in the tenderness of 'The Truth About Gardens' and the anger of 'Big Soft Pile of Money'. 'A Cat Named Jacob' is presented as both a poppy dance number and a contemplative journey. Every song has it's own life yet all undeniably represent the sound of Ocelots. This is the sound of honesty and individuality. This is the sound of a band who creates because they love music. It represents the virtue of substance over style and the idea that art should challenge the audience while remaining approachable.