Ostrich Head grinds out clubbable beats.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Formerly based in Monterey, the five man hip-hop outfit Ostrich Head is a wildly ambitious group. Their latest CD, I Love Head, is an 18-song release that dives into underground hip-hop, clubby dance music, rock and R&B. With its distorted vocals and big beat, “Grindhouse” recalls the Beastie Boys’ “Pass the Mic” until a hazy guitar solo trails the main section of the song like a jet’s contrail. Meanwhile, “Rock Star” starts out like an acoustic rock ballad before being filled out with a hip hop drum beat, and the CD’s “Intro” is a funky hip-hop instrumental seasoned with samples and turntable scratches.
Emcee Jaime “Jake” Jorn says I Love Head is simply a sampling of the songs Ostrich Head have written since 2006’s Shoot the Money. “It’s a culmination of our favorite songs we’ve done over the last two years,” he says. “We have a shitload of songs.”
The release of the CD will be coupled with the launch of Ostrich Head’s I Love Head clothing line that currently features shirts and girl’s short shorts. “Honestly, what we are trying to create,” Jorn says, “is a brand.”
OSTRICH HEAD celebrate the release of I Love Head 9:30pm Saturday, May 2, at Monterey Live, 414 Alvarado St., Monterey. $10. 373-5483.