“The Oops EP,” from Philly-based punk/sarcastarock band Duke Maroon, stays true to the band’s punk roots. The five-track record is raw and unapologetic, while offering a nod to some the band’s clear classic rock influences as it travels to different areas of the rock sphere.
For example, gritty vocals from Gene “Sgt. Dogmeat” Meyer on tracks “Heart Attack” and “Living in the Cult” are reminiscent of late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, with the latter song’s aggression being enough to make the British metal legend proud.
Subject matter is creatively and variably delivered on “The Oops EP.” “The Man Who Laughs” features intriguing guitar work that delivers a darkly-psychedelic look inside the mind of Batman’s nemesis, The Joker. Two tracks later, the EP closes with the darkly humorous tale of “King Shit,” an unnamed ruler and “Fuhrer of Feces,” whom the band holds responsible for the ills of the political system and those who control it.
In the words of the late professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, just when you think you know the answers, “The Oops EP” changes the questions. The band’s versatility keeps listeners on their toes, and makes for a fun listening experience that is sure to get the underground talking.