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18th November 2011

‘Liquor, sincerity, insane work ethic’

White Cowbell Oklahoma returns to Kingston with their crazy stage antics including chainsaws and naked women

In past blog posts the band says one reason to attend a White Cowbell Oklahoma show is that 
everybody gets laid at or after the show.
In past blog posts the band says one reason to attend a White Cowbell Oklahoma show is that everybody gets laid at or after the show. (Supplied)

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White Cowbell Oklahoma is predicting a tough Sunday for anyone comes to their show at the Mansion on Saturday.

“That’s what generally happens at a White Cowbell Oklahoma show, you wake up with a Sasquatch somewhere, feeling a little shameful,” said lead singer, guitarist and keyboardist Clem C. Clemsen.

The band’s live shows are famous for raucous and theatrical stage stunts, including antics with toilet paper, chainsaws, liquor and a little bit of voodoo.

Clemsen said the shows are driven to offer their audience an investment in their rock ‘n’ roll soul.

“We need to flatten the city unlike anyone else,” he said. “You don’t pay $20 to see some guy standing there in a scarf. No, you’re paying $20 to see a guy sawing up some crap and three guitars having a death battle of riffery.”

The band will be playing a fundraiser for the Kingston Roller Derby, which Clemsen describes as two “amazing things coming together. It’s like chocolate and peanut butter. I think it’s going to be astounding.”

Clemsen said the band is heavily involved with the local roller derby in Toronto and play shows for leagues across the country.

White Cowbell Oklahoma is known for their onstage guests. Clemsen said one of their more unforgettable shows was when their guest drummer was Johnny Fay from the Tragically Hip. Other frequent onstage guests include naked women.

Though White Cowbell Oklahoma has seen as many as nine musicians on stage with them, on Saturday they will stick to their usual lineup of three guitarists and one drummer.

The band will play with their recently added guitarist Handsome Chuck, who has played four shows with the band so far.

After 10 years playing together, Clemsen said the band keeps its mojo going with a little bit of “liquor, sincerity, insane work ethic, shots of testosterone directly into the frontal lobe cortex, and bionic muscle replacements.” “It’s just a freak of genetics that we all came together, probably at the call of the Sasquatch, for the common need of infamy in the name of WCO.”

White Cowbell Oklahoma will play two shows next week in Newfoundland and then gear up for their annual X-Mess Xplosion show in Toronto.

The band is currently working on a new studio album which Clemsen said is coming along deliciously.

“We’ve widdled it down to the good stuff like a fine, well-reduced gravy,” he said. “There is even the potential of a separate instrumental album.”

White Cowbell Oklahoma plays the Mansion tomorrow at 9 p.m.

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