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Oakland Wine Drinkers Union (Local 88) is full of drinking songs for the proletariat, rowdy tales of rambling, and drunken love songs. It has the swagger of punk with a hint of a country twang. It has a junk band looseness, and is brushed with the blues. From the fist-in-the-air singalong of "Work is the Curse" to the boozy rockabilly bounce of "Girls Are Insane;" from the old-time Western swing of "100,000 Midnight Special Cigarettes" to the bluesy stagger of "Drink Together," and everything in between - Oakland Wine Drinkers Union (Local 88) is a punchy, nine-song album with something for every fighter, lover, rambler, worker, and drinker.
In June of 2009, Rust Belt Jessie traveled to the Bay Area to visit Emchy. One day, they were having afternoon whiskies at Heinold's in Jack London Square, swapping stories about some of the wild girls they'd known. Emchy began scribbling lyrics, and their first song, "Girls Are Insane," was born. The next day, they brought the lyrics to Boylamayka, had a wine-drunk jamboree at his apartment, and the trio became the Oakland Wine Drinkers Union
(Local 88). Much has changed, since then - Rust Belt Jessie moved to Oakland, the band recorded some songs, played a couple shows (including one at the Starry Plough in Berkeley), and drank a lot of wine. And then, Jessie and Boylamayka moved back to the rust belt. They don't let distance stop them from making music together.