Eugene Robinson leaves Oxbow

2024-07-08 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 25 Comments
Vocalist and founding member, Eugene S. Robinson announced on his blog that he is leaving Oxbow. He created the project in 1988, recording Fuckfest as a suicide note. During the process, Robinson was joined by guitarist Niko Wenner, who played in his previous band, Whipping Boy.

Most recently, besides touring with Mr. Bungle in Europe, the group reportedly put the finishing touches on Love's Holiday's follow-up LP:

"From Fuckfest we went on to do seven more full length records plus EPs, compilations and last year a live record with recently deceased free jazz great Peter Brotzmann. We also just put the finishing touches on our next record, Follow Me Now In Merry Measure, the fourth produced by Joe Chiccarelli, our Grammy winning producer."

However, they cancelled the last five gigs without explanation, until now:
"Though we did have one festival in France, Bourlon to be exact, where at least 1000 people seemed to be in place to hear what kind of craziness we’d be spewing, the day and night of it all was just so deliciously Oxbowian, it approached perfection.

But there’s also negative perfection and there is this as well since after 36 years of creative work I can’t think of anything more horrible than to have to face the fact that I am now like Dr Dre. Not in the I Am a Billionaire part, but in the part where he left Death Row records. I remember him famously being called on to explain why he left and since he was dealing with Suge Knight, a man who if he wasn't already in prison for killing someone might have actually killed some other one, he was...circumspect.

Circumspect, though he did say some version of this: you ever go to a party, and you start to get uncomfortable, and then you get so uncomfortable that you have to leave? That's why I left Death Row.

While I don't feel that my life is being threatened, my physical life, I do feel, under the weight of irreconcilable differences, none of them aesthetic or musical, that I now must leave OXBOW. Recent circumstances have caused me several dark nights of the soul and while it feels/seems crazy to kill my involvement in that which I started, I think it necessary so that maybe a kind of healing can take place that will make OXBOW a comfortable place for me to be again. If not, then not.

So the last five shows of the tour were scrapped and I’m sitting in a cheap hotel in Fuengirola, Spain, thinking of how the band began, and how the last video we just released from Love’s Holiday was so aptly named. “All Gone” it was and perhaps seems to be."

Read the entire blog entry here: https://eugenesrobinson.substack.com/p/the-last-tour-diary-youll-get-out

On the upside, Robinson's project BUNUEL is releasing a double album in September, Mansuetude, as well as an LP called, Mangene: 101 Atomic Terms and What They Mean in November.

"All Gone" music video:


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someone
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2024
6758 Comments


Well that certainly wasn't particularly clear. But I guess it doesn't need to be. Hope he feels better soon and will be looking forward to his new project for sure.

Demon of the Fall
July 8th 2024
34870 Comments


A proper shame this, but putting aside any personal disappointment I just hope Eugene benefits from the break and it allows him to concentrate on his other project (saying a "break" this might be it for the band tbh - if it is, then I'll consider myself lucky for having caught them live and we have plenty of incredible material already).

Top top band

Mort.
July 8th 2024
25812 Comments


'Well that certainly wasn't particularly clear.' [2]

Pikazilla
July 8th 2024
30446 Comments


Eugene noooooooo

Senetrix666
July 8th 2024
1619 Comments


wasn’t super sold on this band until i saw them live last year (went to see Whores who opened for them). Sad to see eugene go, the band won’t be the same without him

OldMystic
July 8th 2024
19 Comments


Iwas a bit late to the party with these guys (Thin Black Duke-era) but man, this is disappointing. Love's Holiday was great, as is all their noise. Sad.

Comatorium.
July 8th 2024
5083 Comments


Didn’t know that about fuckfest. Oxbow is effectively done and if they continue without him imma be furious.

Secret time I’ve only ever listened to thin black duke- where do I go from here?

Mort.
July 8th 2024
25812 Comments


'Secret time I’ve only ever listened to thin black duke- where do I go from here?'

just listen to all of their albums in whatever order you feel like. Narcotic story is quite accessible if you want to ease into things. An evil heat is one of their best. Let me be a woman has some pretty straightforward noise rock/post hardcore tracks im quite fond of.

all their stuff is good tho

Demon of the Fall
July 8th 2024
34870 Comments


^ you can't really go wrong even if An Evil Heat is their peak imo and Serenade my #2

Narcotic Story / Love's Holiday are perhaps their most accessible outside of TBD, although it depends on your tastes

Butkuiss
July 8th 2024
7334 Comments


Odd statement, Eugene clearly having a rough one. I wish him the best.

CugnoBrasso
July 8th 2024
2785 Comments


Ain't no good news

ThyCrossAwaits
July 9th 2024
4018 Comments


I scrolled past this article too fast earlier and thought he’d died for a hot second

Softened the blow a little bit, but maaaan do I LOVE Oxbow…

chemicalmarriage
July 9th 2024
4357 Comments


Saw a post from him saying people need to get help if they need it, hope hes ok. I know that's not worth much but it's all a keyboard warrior can do right now. Eugene is a badass so I'd like to think hes got this

Pajolero
July 9th 2024
1443 Comments


Yeah a proper shame this, loved seeing them live. His newsletter could have certainly been less cryptic about things, but I can't blame the guy if he doesn't feel like pointing any fingers. I hope he's okay though, and wish him nothing but the best. The man is a real treasure.

Zakusz
July 9th 2024
1666 Comments


Too bad, I recently discovered this band through Love's Holiday and I was like "this band is awesome, wonder if they have more albums"... and then I hit the jackpot. I guess whatever is best for Eugene should be the path he follows, 36 years to commit to a project is one hell of a ride.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2024
6213 Comments


theoretically, they will have another album if they don't reconsider.

bludngorevidal
July 9th 2024
395 Comments


Not the best news, but I'm so glad Eugene is leaving on a relative high note musically (not to mention hopefully departing on his own terms). Every Oxbow record is special and a treasure in its own way

XingKing
July 11th 2024
16181 Comments


https://www.facebook.com/share/p/oHSY8j5HMnzFGfiB/

"Niko Wenner, Oxbow update.
An accusation was leveled at me, Niko, during our 2024 European tour.
It’s probably not appropriate for me to give details since the allegation is still unresolved. The alleged incident, said to have occurred in a crowd, involved only myself and the person making the accusation. None of the others in Oxbow were there.
The accusation led to the cancellation of the last 4 shows of our tour, all in France.
I have always greatly enjoyed playing in France and I apologize to anyone who had intentions of seeing us there.
Eugene Robinson has at least for now left the band, as he has already made public in his latest substack article.
As it stands now Oxbow as a band no longer exists. Whether this is a permanent state of affairs remains to be seen.
Niko"

Mort.
July 11th 2024
25812 Comments


oh dear, this is very weird and worrying

strange he says in a crowd. as in, at an oxbow gig?

Demon of the Fall
July 12th 2024
34870 Comments


during a tour, in a crowd... yeah seems like it on the surface

hmm, of course until we know further details we can withhold any concrete opinions (or outrage) but the fact Eugene left because of the accusation / they cancelled the last 4 shows is certainly concerning

BMDrummer
July 12th 2024
15154 Comments


damn this shit just hit a brick wall huh

BMDrummer
July 14th 2024
15154 Comments


https://substack.com/home/post/p-146539058

Mort.
July 14th 2024
25812 Comments


'So sitting in Basque Country in Spain where I’ve been filming new videos for BUNUEL’s next (and fourth) record, Mansuetude, that features Duane Denison, Jacob Bannon and Megan O. on it, I am thinking forward to touring the states on it, and beyond Europe, I think I am OK.'

megan o of couch slut? dope

BMDrummer
July 14th 2024
15154 Comments


they played with couch slut when i saw em, that set was legit painful holy shit, singer was on shrooms and was having a hard time lol

Butkuiss
July 15th 2024
7334 Comments


I respect the need for privacy when serious allegations are levelled but the messy bitch in me is screaming at the lack of detailed gossip.



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