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High Five! from Oy Vey

Oy Vey guitarist/vocalist Bryce Aubrey and keyboard player/vocalist Kevin Corcoran have been collaborating since high school, but didn’t get serious about writing and recording until just last year. Although they live in different cities--Aubrey in New York and Corcoran in Chicago--their renewed collaboration took shape quickly. They sent their music back and forth over the Internet, shaping the songs by a constant process of editing and revising. When they were ready, Aubrey flew to Chicago. The intense recording sessions took place in Corcoran’s apartment, using a basic microphone, an M-Audio device, Logic Pro, and a laptop computer. The end result took the form of Botanical Curiosity, an album that belies its humble beginnings. “We’d always dabbled in a variety of genres, mostly based on singer/songwriter stuff,” Corcoran explains. “For Oy Vey, we focused in on danceable pop-rock with electronic flourishes." 

When Botanical Curiosity made its debut on the CMJ Top 200 at number 176, Corcoran and Aubrey began planning a follow up. Recession Girls is the result. “The world our generation has inherited is a very fucked up place, but I’m very lucky in that I got to make the album I always wanted to make,” Corcoran says. “Hopefully this music can provide some kind of solidarity or solace.” Aubrey agrees, “This may be the best thing we’ll ever do. I feel totally satisfied.”

The gentlemen of Oy Vey tip their hats to Recession Girls around the world with their High Five! of recession-era essentials:


1. Mayonnaise Sandwiches

In order to make a mayonnaise sandwich, all you’ll need is mayo and bread. First, put the mayo on the bread and before you know it, you’ve got a mayo sandwich! This snack is cheap, high in calories, and it gets the job done.


2. Late 90s Romantic Comedies

This genre of film is particularly great, because it reminds you that there was a time when everything didn’t suck…a time known as the late 90s. We’re particularly fond of films like Drive Me Crazy, 10 Things I Hate About You and Down To You.


3. Busch Light

Well, it’s cheaper than Pabst Blue Ribbon!


4. Shelter

This one is really important.


5. Torrent Downloads

Alas, we’re in the middle of a recession, so we can’t really afford to waste our money on music any longer. Luckily, we can have it all for free! By using BeeMP3, we can pirate individual songs, or rip full albums on The Pirate Bay. The easiest way to steal songs is to Google search “MediaFire” and the title of the album you want. Granted, the quality is sometimes a little shaky, but one way or another, you’ll get what you need. Don’t worry about paying artists for their music, they like eating mayo sandwiches.


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This week's High Five! is brought to you by: Oy Vey with Lauren Mercury Roberts

To celebrate the end of the nine to five, a Green Light Go staff member or artist will leave you with their short list of favorite things, better known as the High Five!

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  1. David, on Jan 20, 12:23 AM, wrote:

    I love “Shelter”. I bet their on-stage banter is hilarious.

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