OBEY COBRA – ” Sophia Can’t Walk “

Posted: August 25, 2021 in MUSIC
The Quietus | Features | Columnfortably Numb: Psych Rock For August Reviewed By JR Moores

Obey Cobra their debut album “Oblong” is an exceedingly potent blend of ethereal psychedelica, doom and punk with adept flourishes of noise rock, electronics and improv. Obey Cobra are
experimental, ethereal psychedelia, post-punk with electronic and heavy flourishes.

Cardiff, the Earth home to Dr Who (sometimes), James from The Panicked Meat Streakers, the real Captain Morgan who that rum is named after, and Obey Cobra of Oblong fame. “Oblong?”, What the is that?” Well, it’s an album, obviously. The record in question opens in a pretty epic fashion with the slow, synthy and staggering ‘OK Ultra’. . ‘Capita’ is a bouncier rocker, based around a nice ‘n’ simple riff, with some excellent shouting and chanting thrown into the mix, and a slight undercurrent of Mr Bungle nightmare big-top music. ‘Sunflowers’ lurches in a darker fashion, perhaps with Lydia Lunch or Come in mind. Other tracks have a greater kosmische feel, and the mood really gets heavy around the track six or seven mark. They even manage to round things off with a pounding electro casserole that sounds as if JG Thirlwell is trying to fuck shizzle up by remixing the track through a broken fax machine’s sense of ennui.

This lot have a great many strings to their proverbial psych-rock bow. ‘Oblong’ on vinyl released by Box Records and remastered for vinyl by Sam Grant.

Obey Cobra features Kate Wood, Steve O Jones, Rory Coughlan-Allen, Gareth Day, Ian Coote and Rosemary Swan.

Cardiff’s own breakout alternative stars of the near future” – Echoes & Dust

Over the past three years the band’s reputation as a formidable live force has grown following gigs with the likes of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Bob Log III, Hey Colossus and Acid Mothers Temple amongst many more.

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