Wright - Treble Guitar / Vocals
Anderson - Bass Guitar
Duggie - Treble Guitar / Vocals
Holland - Drum Kit
Okker were formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in the late months of 2006, made from fragments of the break-ups of other bands, namely Paravion & Foil. Scott Wright (guitar/vocals), Shug Anderson (bass) and Hugh Duggie (guitar/vocals) originally held depressing rehearsals with useless drum machines and drummers who often failed to turn up. Hope was renewed when Greg Holland, then guitarist in local band Cezare, was asked to play drums for okker. This proved to be a turning point, and within a few months the band recorded their first two songs, "Wesson Oil" & "Heligoland". This has continued with remarkably speedy and prolific momentum, and Okker have managed to create an album's worth of 10 songs in 18 months. Actually that's not very fast at all... Although okker's songs are generally short, they do not tend to be made quickly. Within these 2-3 minutes the songs can change from fast to slow, quiet to loud. The Okker philosophy is to cut any excess or fat from songs, and to avoid repetition where possible. Live sets have also been known to be short (25-30 minutes) so pay attention. The band were named after Dutch tennis player Tom Okker, who played in the 1960's & 70's. This name was derived by Hugh who is the only band member old enough to have heard of Tom Okker. None of the band even like tennis.
Says Andrew Fetter of Ghettoblaster Magazine...
Okker - Two Axes
Score: 4 out of 5
Scotland's Okker is made up of a bunch of other Scottish bands you've never heard of. That will not matter at all after listening to their debut, Two Axes. It will become obvious very quickly that these guys know their shit and also don't like to sit still. Simply put, this is a 28-minute mess. It flies all over the place and takes no prisoners. All ten of the very short songs change from fast to slow quite often and very few parts repeat themselves. Very reminiscent of June of 44 and Slint, which is always good. Others are very difficult to put your finger on, which is even better. Definitely in the post-punk genre (whatever the hell that means anymore) so if that's your thing, get this as soon as possible.
Says Jonathan from Built On A Weak Spot...
I really had no idea what to expect when going into this album from the Edinburgh, Scotland based foursome Okker. The only little blurb I had to go with was a pretty abstract one at very best, however in hindsight that probably should have told me something right there. Despite that, Okker’s new album, Two Axes, turned out to be a very pleasant discovery. I would be pretty shocked to find out if someone in Okker wasn’t a big supporter and listener of Polvo. I think that was pretty much an instantaneous thought once the first few notes came trickling out of my speakers. Strangely enough though, that’s about as close as the band gets to any sort of reference throughout the rest of the album. Although still using warbling and odd guitar tunings to their advantage here and there for the remainder of the disc, Okker venture off into other art-rock inspired territories that seem to draw from bands like Sonic Youth, Trumans Water, and Swirlies. One thing that I found very impressive about Two Axes was that despite numerous winding turns, stop/starts, and the apparent refusal to repeat itself, the album still remains very tuneful at its core as a result of solid songwriting. Okker are definitely not a band that has trouble putting those fractured pieces together into something more fluid but yet just as mind boggling as they were before. I definitely recommend Okker and their album Two Axes for those who enjoyed the weirder side of nineties indie-rock.