Boomkat Product Review:
Oxford Collapse are one of the most immediate and accessible bands on the Sub Pop roster, trading in an energetic brand of indie rock that's scored them touring support slots with We Are Scientists in recent times. These guys have considerably more bite to them than that billing would suggest though, sounding pretty raw and rambunctious on 'The Birthday Wars' and 'For The Winter Coats' only to come over all sensitive and subdued on the guitar-less, string-led 'A Wedding'. The band's core sound seems to be informed by early alt. rock and the melodic punk infusions of The Replacements, which results in some great, if slightly old hat college radio type jaunts such as 'Young Love Delivers', which in all fairness, could have sounded like No Age were it not for the fact that these guys recorded their songs more conventionally. As you'd expect from the House Of Sub Pop, when they do deal in fairly conventional indie rock it's of a suitably high standard, and even if there's nothing overbearingly striking about Bits, it's enormously likable.