The music made by Oklahoma City’s The Hitt Boyz isn’t exactly what founding members/guitarists Will Ogletree and Adam Thornbrugh intended: to be the next At the Drive-In or Mars Volta. Instead of fighting what came natural, the two decided to roll with the punches.
“We wanted a high-energy, punk-rock band, but when we started writing, it came out as this really pretty, instrumental music,” Ogletree said. “It just kind of worked out that way, so we shifted directions.”
If anything remained from those dreams, it is the name. Born out of the outfit’s inability to find a drummer, it is a more violent moniker than The Hitt Boyz’ math-rock tunes might suggest.
“We try to have a sense of humor about what we do. We take things seriously, but we don’t want to take things too seriously,” Ogletree said. “It’s a running joke that has run all the way to being our band name.”
Playing Friday alongside Sunny Side Up and Palmer at Bad Granny’s Bazaar, Ogletree, Thornbrugh and bassist Brandon Schreiner found their stick man in Nick Morgan. Since forming in 2011, the Boyz have put out two EPs, last year’s Nice Weather We’re Having and this spring’s AlphaCat, the first to feature Morgan on drums.
“That EP really represents what we sound like and who we are perfectly,” Ogletree said. “The next one will be even more so.”
a relative dearth of math-rock groups in OKC since The Non stepped out
of the spotlight, The Hitt Boyz have helped reclaim the subgenre’s
rightful place in the local scene, along with Shelton Pool and fellow
ACM@ UCO-ers Giraffe Massacre.
Oklahoma City music scene is great, and there should be as much
variation in there as possible,” Ogletree said. “There’s not as strong
of a showing for it, but the demand is growing.” Also growing: the
group’s sound, which the four Boyz feel is budding toward something
pretty special. They hope their full-length debut — to be recorded by
SonicViolence’s Brandon Wilson and due for release around the end of
summer — will knock out fans new and old.
feel like our sound is really developing into something to be proud of.
It’s more poppy and accessible, but at the same time, more mature,”
Ogletree said. “Everything is growing. It’s becoming where we want to
be. The music is sounding like the bands we have been listening to and
growing up on. We’re really proud of that.”