Ezekiel Ox

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Ezekiel Ox
Birth name Alan James Davies
Born c. 1980
Colac, Victoria, Australia
Genres Hard rock, funk, alternative metal, musical theatre, folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, bass guitar
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Full Scale, Mammal, The Ox and the Fury, Over-Reactor, The Nerve, Smash Nova, Superheist
Website ezekielox.com

Ezekiel Ox (born Allan James Davies c. 1980),[1] is an Australian entertainer, singer-songwriter, film maker, actor and political activist.[2][3] He is currently the singer for Full Scale Revolution, Superheist and Over-Reactor. He also works closely with New Zealand born DJ Marze. He was previously the singer of Mammal, The Ox and The Fury and The Nerve.[4] He lives in Melbourne with his fiance (Maxine Gatt, writer) and son, Griffin.

Background[edit]

Born Alan James Davies in Colac, Victoria, he relocated to Geelong at age six.[5][6] 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.[7] He starting performing at the age of twelve, "because I wanted to".[8]

Music career[edit]

Full Scale[edit]

Main article: Full Scale (band)

Ox was the lead singer for punk rock/alternative-metal band Full Scale.[1][9] 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.[1] 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 gutarist Jimmy Tee have begun writing new songs, with new rhthym section Leigh Miller and Chris Webber, working title "Icelandic Justice".

Mammal[edit]

Main article: Mammal (band)

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.[1][10] They released two live and one studio albums. Mammal broke up on 1 November 2009.

Solo[edit]

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 songs' 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.[11] He was fully independent from record labels from 1 November 2009 until May 2013, when The Nerve signed with Sydney's Birds Robe Collective.[12] His first single "The Past, Present and Future" was released in early 2014,[13] 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.[12][14][15] 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[edit]

The Ox and the Fury
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Folk, acoustic, alternative rock
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Mammal, Full Scale, Cog, Floating Me
Website theoxandthefury.com
Members Ezekiel Ox
Lucius Borich
Ben Brennan
Dom Italiano

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 and Dom Italiano.[16]

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.[17]

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.[16] In September 2011 the Ox and the Fury played a gig in Wollongong to support Rock the Vote.[18]

Over-Reactor[edit]

Over-Reactor is a 'death-hop' band made up of two members, singer Ezekiel Ox and multi-instrumentalist Cory Blight.[19][20] They have released two full length albums.

The Nerve[edit]

Ox formed rock band The Nerve with Borich, Davarj Thomas, and Glenn Proudfoot.[19] In 2013 they signed with Bird's Robe Records with an album planned for later that year.[21]

Discography[edit]

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)
  1. "Easy" - 4:16
  2. "Lifetimes" - 5:05
  3. "Christmas in California" - 4:54
  4. "Worried" - 3:38
  5. "The 35th of May" - 4:06
  6. "Satellites" - 3:28
  7. "Those Words" - 3:21
  8. "We'll Never Know" - 4:41
  9. "Doorlist Miracles" - 4:04
  10. "Machines" - 3:56
  11. "Evolving" - 5:01

Other work[edit]

Ox performed a series of spoken word shows called RANT! in 2006 and then BLOWTORCH in 2012.[8] He has appeared in plays and musicals such as Tartuffe,[22] Mamma Mia! and Shane Warne: The Musical.[7] 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.

Political activism[edit]

He Ox formerly a member of both the Australian Labor Party and Socialist Alternative.[9] 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. He was a founding member of the committee for Musicians Against Police Violence (MAPV) in Melbourne.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Busby, Cec (2006) "Ezekiel Ox – Evolution of a revolutionary", fasterlouder.com.au, 5 June 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  2. ^ "Zeke Ox Baits Police With New Clip Filmed Live On Parliament House Steps", themusic.com.au, 18 June 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  3. ^ a b Peterson, Chris (2014) "Ezekiel Ox adds energy to activism", Green Left Weekly, 1 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  4. ^ Whitfield, Rod "The Ox And The Fury", Beat, Retrieved 5 December 2015
  5. ^ ""Winter in Suburbia" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mammal: live and dangerous". Geelong Advertiser. News Corporation. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b The Scene The thoughts of chairman Zeke
  8. ^ a b The Dwarf Ezekiel Ox Rants!
  9. ^ a b Winterford, Brett (2009) "Mammal", Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  10. ^ Cleghorn, Justine (2007) "Mammal launch debut album and new tour!", fasterlouder.junkee.com, 2 August 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  11. ^ Eliezer, Christie "Sydonia, Ezekiel Ox, Sunbeam Sound Machine, land deals", Beat. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  12. ^ a b "Ezekiel Ox Announces National Tour, New Label Deal", themusic.com.au, 3 September 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  13. ^ McKelvey, Iain (2014) "Ezekiel Ox’s ‘The Past, The Present & The Future’ Single", vulturemagazine.com.au, 28 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  14. ^ Gill, Lauren (2014) "Ezekiel Ox Announces 2014 Melbourne Album Launch Show", Beat. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  15. ^ Rogers, Natalie (2014) "Ezekiel Ox", Forte, 14 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  16. ^ a b The Ox and the Fury. Sputnikmusic.com. Accessed 29 April 2012.
  17. ^ Harris, David (15 May 2010). "The Ox and the Fury". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ox and The Fury performing for Rock the Vote". What's on in Wollongong. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  19. ^ a b Lewis, Tammy (2014) "Full-of-life artist Ezekiel urges locals to support festival", Gladstone Observer, 20 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  20. ^ Whitfield, Rod "Over-Reactor Lose Your Delusion", Beat. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  21. ^ Fitzsimons, Scott (2013) "EXCLUSIVE: Ezekiel Ox’s New Band Signs Label Deal", themusic.com.au, 6 May 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2015
  22. ^ Beat Magazine Tartuffe

External links[edit]

Official website