'68 w/ Onus


Memphis, TN


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Monday August 2nd, 2021
$10 ADV / $12 DOS
How much noise can two people make? ‘68 is the sound of simultaneous implosion and ex
plosion, of destruction and creation unbound. These are songs that could almost fall apart at
any moment, yet never do, devilishly dancing between life and death. It’s a primitive impulse
delivered with postmodern purpose; a blacksmith’s resolve with an arsenal of electric distor
tion and raw nerve.
Josh Scogin kickstarted his small band with the big sound in 2013, naming the two-man
outfit he modestly undersells as “a little rock, a little blues, a little hardcore” after his father’s
old Camaro. And there’s a muscle car-sized rumble beneath the hood of what the Atlanta,
Georgia native and his percussive partner-in-crime, Nikko Yamada, unleash with an array of
guitar, bass, drums, keys, and pedals, careening between swinging barnburners, wild hay
makers, and moody atmosphere.
Like a Delta Blues reimagining of
-era Nirvana or the disgraced punkish cousin of The
Black Keys, ’68 adheres to a single ethic: unbridled authenticity. There’s not a “plan” with
’68 so much as a ride, with the duo hanging on for dear life in the eye of the storm every bit
as much as the audience. The obstacle is the goal. The journey is the destination. Inventive,
disruptive, frantic; even when dipping into a bit of Otis Redding or James Brown style funk,
’68 sound
The ’68 roadshow has taken them from Moscow to Tel Aviv, across Europe and Austra
lia and all-over North America, often splitting up 20-hour drives between the two guys.
The passion, the hunger, the good humor, it all connects with diverse crowds. Deliciously
stripped down and vibrant, ’68 excels in intimate environments, to be sure, but is no less
unignorable on giant festival stages or on the road with Bring Me The Horizon, Stone Sour,
Beartooth, Avatar, August Burns Red, The Amity Affliction, and Underoath, where they’ve
earned new converts every day.
‘68 · by Ryan J Downey · 2020 ·
In Humor and Sadness
, the first album by ’68, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard New Artist
Two Parts Viper
followed in 2017. “[‘68] bring the noise in the most righteous ways,
caring less about the scene they came up through, the bloodless drivel that passes as
‘indie’ and the boring earnestness currently permeating ‘punk,’” declared
Alternative Press

Two Parts Viper
is the best record of the year. Throw a copy in my casket, because I’ll never
be done listening to it.”
Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains) became
a believer after just a few songs of a ’68 set. On
, crafted with Ra
skulinecz in Nashville, the band’s high intensity bombast threatens but never swallows the
underlying groove.
With the same spirit of scrappy “winging it” and punchy minimalism that powered the Flat
Duo Jets and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, ’68 push forward the pure rock traditions of
audacity and disruption. Scogin gives everything to the microphone, as if singing to redeem
his soul. He wields his guitar and keys like weapons, pulverizing away any false pretenses.
It’s about the riff and the kick. It’s immediate. It’s alive. And it’s fun. Sweaty catharsis, cutting
missives, surrendered by ’68 as if the world depends on them. Because in ’68, less is more.
Oh, so much more.

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