Oneida (band)

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Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Years active 1997–present
Labels Joyful Noise Recordings, Jagjaguwar
Associated acts People of the North
Members Kid Millions
Bobby Matador
Hanoi Jane
Shahin Motia
Barry London
Past members PCRZ (aka Papa Crazee or Pat Sullivan)
Double Rainbow (aka Phil Manley)

Oneida is an American experimental rock band from Brooklyn, New York, United States. Their influences include psychedelic rock, krautrock, electronic, noise rock, and minimalism, but the overall structure and intent of their music cannot be easily traced to any of these styles.[1] Common elements found in their music include improvisation, repetition, driving rhythms, antique and analog equipment, and an overall eclecticism.[2]

A prominent aspect of Oneida's music is their use of repetition. Their 2002 LP, Each One Teach One, for instance, begins with two especially long tracks, Sheets of Easter and Antibiotics, the former over fourteen minutes long, the latter more than sixteen. Both of these songs consist of one repeated riff (with a few short interludes on Antibiotics). Oneida's music can also be distinguished by the band's use of antique keyboards and analog electric pianos.[3]

The band also runs Brah Records, an imprint of Jagjaguwar.[4] The label has released records by Dirty Faces, Parts & Labor, Oakley Hall, Home, Company, and an Oneida/Plastic Crimewave Sound split 12".

In September 2007, the group celebrated 10 years of existence with a concert at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City.[5]

In June 2008, it was announced that the band would be releasing a triptych of new records, referred to as the "Thank Your Parents" series. The first of these was Preteen Weaponry, which was released in August 2008, and the second was a triple album, Rated O, released in July 2009. The final release, the experimental Absolute II, followed in 2011.[1]

The band were chosen to perform their third extended 'Ocropolis' set at the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival curated by ATP & Portishead in September 2011 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.[6]

In 2011, the band lost its dedicated studio "The Ocropolis" when the Monster Island Complex was demolished: one of the innumerable casualties of Brooklyn's endlessly compounding gentrification. A List of Burning Mountains, released in 2012, is "the last transmission from the Ocropolis." The band retreated from the studio for a number of years in favor of the stage, and putting-out a variety of ultra-limited, uncompromising releases that documented the band’s continuously unfolding journey over the next few years. In 2016, they released their album-length collaboration with Rhys Chatham, What's Your Sign? By this time, they'd started rehearsing and recording at Secret Project Robot (also in Brooklyn) and in 2017 signed with Joyful Noise Recordings to promote and release their next album Romance.


Kid Millions drumming at Palisades
  • Kid Millions (John Colpitts) – drums, vocals (formerly of Adhesive X and Pocket Monster)
  • Bobby Matador – organ, guitar, vocals
  • Hanoi Jane – guitar, bass
  • Showtime (Shahin Motia) (of Ex Models) – guitar
  • Barry London – synths, organ, effects

Previous members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

  • A Place Called El Shaddai's (Turnbuckle, 1997)
  • Enemy Hogs (Turnbuckle, 1999: re-issued by Jagjaguwar, 2001)
  • Come on Everybody Let's Rock (Jagjaguwar, 2000)
  • Anthem of the Moon (Jagjaguwar, 2001)
  • Each One Teach One (Jagjaguwar, 2002)
  • Secret Wars (Jagjaguwar, 2004)
  • The Wedding (Jagjaguwar, 2005)
  • Happy New Year (Jagjaguwar, 2006)
  • Preteen Weaponry (Jagjaguwar, 2008)
  • Rated O (Jagjaguwar, 2009)
  • Absolute II (Jagjaguwar, 2011)
  • A List of the Burning Mountains (Jagjaguwar, 2012)[7]
  • What's Your Sign? with Rhys Chatham (Northern Spy Records, 2016)[8]
  • Romance (Joyful Noise Recordings, 2018)[9]


  • Seeds of Contemplation (Jagjaguwar, 2007)



  • "Best Friends" / "The Land of Bugs" (Turnbuckle, 1998)
  • "Bobby's Black Thumb" (Jagjaguwar, 2002) /split with Songs: Ohia
  • "Anthem of the Moon" (Jagjaguwar, 2002) / split with Brother JT
  • "Caesar's Column" (Rough Trade, 2004)
  • "Split" (Brah, 2005) / split with Plastic Crimewave Sound
  • "Heads Ain't Ready" (These Are Not Records, 2008)
  • "Green Corridor" (Altin Village & Mine, 2010) / split with Pterodactyl
  • "Equinox" / "Last Hit" (Xhol Recordings, 2010)
  • "Human Factor" (Limited Appeal, 2010)
  • "Split" (Rocket Recordings, 2011) / split with Mugstar
  • "Town Crier" (Joyful Noise Recordings, 2017)

Live albums[edit]

  • Street People (Bulb, 2001) /Split with 25 Suaves
  • Fine European Food and Wine (Scotch Tapes, 2010)


  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Oneida - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  2. ^ "Oneida - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  3. ^ "Oneida - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  4. ^ "Brah! Records: Oneida Flourishes". XLR8R. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  5. ^ "Oneida: turn ten, party in NY". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  6. ^ "ATP America presents I'll Be Your Mirror curated by Portishead & ATP - All Tomorrow's Parties". Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  7. ^ "A List of the Burning Mountains - Oneida : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  8. ^ "What's Your Sign?, by Oneida & Rhys Chatham". Oneida & Rhys Chatham. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Joyful Noise Recordings: Oneida "Romance"". Retrieved 11 April 2018.

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