|Birth name||Alan James Davies|
Colac, Victoria, Australia
|Genres||Hard rock, funk, alternative metal, musical theatre, folk|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actor, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Full Scale, Mammal, The Ox and the Fury, Over-Reactor, The Nerve, Smash Nova, Superheist|
Ezekiel Ox (born Allan James Davies c. 1980), is an Australian entertainer, singer-songwriter, film maker, actor and political activist. He is currently the singer for Mammal and Over-Reactor. He also works closely with New Zealand born DJ Marze. He was previously the singer of Full Scale Revolution, The Ox, Superheist and The Fury and The Nerve.
Born Alan James Davies in Colac, Victoria, he relocated to Geelong at age six. He has a background in opera and musical theatre and studied for three years at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in its musical theatre course. He starting performing at the age of twelve, "because I wanted to".
Ox was the lead singer for punk rock/alternative-metal band Full Scale. Starting out as Full Scale Deflection in 1998 in Perth, Western Australia, Full Scale relocated to Melbourne in 2001, then they were based in Los Angeles, United States, from late 2003. After a series of EPs they released their full length debut, Full Scale, in March 2005 and broke up a year later after touring the United States for six months. Ox re-formed Full Scale under the name Full Scale Revolution in December 2009 with Crutey, Tristan Ross and Ben Brennan, who had all played with Full Scale at different times, but not together. Recently, Ox and original FSD guitarist Jimmy Tee have begun writing new songs, with new rhythm section Leigh Miller and Chris Webber, working title "Icelandic Justice".
Ox formed Mammal in Melbourne in March 2006, with guitarist Pete Williamson (formerly part of Pete Murray’s touring band), bassist Nick Adams, and former Jika drummer Zana Rosanoski. They released one studio and two live albums. Mammal broke up on 1 November 2009, but have since reformed and are playing shows again in 2017.
In 2003 Ox released an EP called Winter in Suburbia. It featured seven tracks, most were Ox on acoustic guitar with some backing vocals and occasional percussion. One track, "The Bottle", featured Clint Boge (The Butterfly Effect) on lead vocals, with Ox providing backing vocals and guitar. The song's lyrics showed a more introspective persona for Ox, probably due to the divorce he was going through when he recorded it (though a few did feature politically/socially inspired lyrics). He occasionally does live solo performances, at which he performs a cover of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War", as well as songs also performed by him and the Fury. From 2014, he has a brand new solo show – a cyber-cabaret – with a loop station, his voice and a guitar. He has also taken to the streets to busk his show on the streets to the people of Australia. In November 2011, he signed with Cross-Section Management (Ted Gardner and Scott Mesiti), but moved to Pricewar Music Management (Tim Price – Sydonia, The Blackwater Fever) in 2013. He was fully independent from record labels from 1 November 2009 until May 2013, when The Nerve signed with Sydney's Birds Robe Collective. His first single "The Past, Present and Future" was released in early 2014, and received airplay on Triple J's Hip Hop Show. Ox released the EP Raw Styles in 2014 via Bird's Robe Records, followed by a tour of Australia. In 2016, Ox announced a three date solo rock tour, with full band, in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne, in late November. His debut solo rock band included Drew Goddard, guitar player from Karnivool.
The Ox and the Fury
The Ox and the Fury
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Genres||Folk, acoustic, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||Mammal, Full Scale, Cog, Floating Me|
Ox formed The Ox and the Fury (initially known as Ezekiel Ox and the Fury) in Melbourne in 2008. The band comprised Ox on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Lucius Borich (from bands Cog, Juice, The Hanging Tree, Borich x Borich and Floating Me) on drums, Ben Brennan, Natalie K Marsland and Dom Italiano.
Their debut album, Guitars Die in Hot Cars was released in April 2010. As from May that year they had a weekly residency at the Espy.
Another album was planned for release in late 2010, but did not appear, likely due to Ox’s commitment to his new project Over-Reactor. In September 2011 the Ox and the Fury played a gig in Wollongong to support Rock the Vote, and Dallas Frasca sang with the band.
Over-Reactor is a 'death-hop' band made up of two members, singer Ezekiel Ox and multi-instrumentalist Cory Blight. They have released two full length albums. A third album called "Cocaine Headdress" is to be released in July 2017 through Bird's Robe Records. It took 6 years for the duo to complete this album.
- with Full Scale
- Full Scale (2005), Columbia
- with Mammal
- Mammal (EP) (2006)
- Vol 1: The Aural Underground (2007)
- Vol 2: Systematic/Automatic
- The Majority (2008), Shock
- The Ox and the Fury
- Guitars Die in Hot Cars (April 2010)
- "Easy" - 4:16
- "Lifetimes" - 5:05
- "Christmas in California" - 4:54
- "Worried" - 3:38
- "The 35th of May" - 4:06
- "Satellites" - 3:28
- "Those Words" - 3:21
- "We'll Never Know" - 4:41
- "Doorlist Miracles" - 4:04
- "Machines" - 3:56
- "Evolving" - 5:01
Ox performed a series of spoken word shows called RANT! in 2006 and then BLOWTORCH in 2012. He has appeared in plays and musicals such as Tartuffe, Mamma Mia! and Shane Warne: The Musical. He has authored one self-published book, The Pub. Ox was the subject of David Krebelj's documentary, Colour, Light, Movement, Sound, which described his career in Full Scale. He has directed his own film clips, as well as co-directing the short The Boy (with Krebelj). Ox acted in feature films Blockhouse Blues and the Elmore Beast (2011) and The Real Thing.
Ox formerly a member of both the Australian Labor Party and Socialist Alternative. In 1994 he was involved in the campaign to stop the One Nation party forming in Geelong, and also marched for teachers' conditions, and in the Reclaim the Night Rallies held in his teenage years. Ox is a prominent speaker at rallies against racism and is often interviewed by mainstream print and television news as a spokesperson for various social justice campaigns. He has been involved in fund raising for Community Legal Centre funds, as well as No Room For Racism. He has debated the Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police Andrew Crisp on National Youth Radio Station JJJ. He was a founding member of the committee for Musicians Against Police Violence (MAPV) and COPWATCH in Melbourne.
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