Building on a foundation of desert rock, grunge, and slowcore, Oginalii craft a sound that channels the nihilistic malaise of 90s Slacker Rock, yet feels undoubtedly modern with its tragically honest lyrics and no-frills presentation.
Following the release of last year’s debut self-titled EP, Oginalii are ready to lead you through the desert with their personal brand of moody psychedelic blues rock on their upcoming EP The Grey, set to release on October 20.
Oginalii formed in 2014 through the friendship of guitarist/songwriter Emma Hoeflinger and drummer/vocalist Karalyne Winegarner. Named for the Cherokee word for “My Friend,” Oginalii reflect the tumultuous nature of significant relationships; not just the highs we feel together in the good times, but also the deep emotional valleys of commiseration. This range of emotion is on full display in Oginalii’s new track “Dogs.” The fuzzy guitars and stomping drums recall the irreverent rock of Queens of the Stone Age, but Hoeflinger’s soaring vocals evoke the listless angst that seems to define modern youth culture. Though the mood is less than exuberant, Hoeflinger assures us, “we also like to have a good time.” “Dogs” toes that fine line between introspection and catharsis like only the tradition of the blues can, but Oginalii are anything but staunch traditionalists. “We believe in rock n roll,” Hoeflinger declares, “but we don’t believe in the gender roles it assigns.” Fans of True Widow, Them Crooked Vultures, and Chelsea Wolfe take notice. Listen to “Dogs” below:
Check out Oginalii on their upcoming tour:
10/6 – The Ante Room – Charlottesville, VA
10/7 – Mondo Fest – New York, NY
10/11 – Old Miami – Detroit, MI
10/12 – The Cure Lounge – Louisville, KY
10/13 – Happy Dogs – Cleveland, OH
10/14 – Cincinnati Ladyfest – Cincinnati, OH
10/18 – Star Bar – Atlanta, GA
10/19 – The East Room – Nashville, TN
10/22 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN