From the heart of the Scottish 'new' town of Cumbernauld hails what could be one of the UK's most disenfranchised and socially outspoken bands. Cumbernauld, recently voted the worst place to live in UK, twice winning the prestigious Carbuncle Award, is a town with its own Eco system, mentality, religious divides, gang violence and poverty. The overspill of Glasgow, the town takes the city's heart & bile.
It's no wonder then that 'How Much Rug? How Much Carpet?' reflects singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player Tom McCreery's unashamedly blunt view on society, life, and all that goes with being British today. Oswald are all about today's society, life and people.
Oswald’s songs are from the gut, all about the hopes, dreams and dogged determination of people trying to get into a better situation or out of a worse one. With a soul that is ablaze, Tom McCreey’s compelling voice propels their songs with a curious mix of innocence and fire and sings with so much anguish and passion that you can feel the aching sadness at work here, a mad urgency to escape, to takeoff, to transform things.
'How Much Rug, How Much Carpet' is a life-affirming album encapsulating the band's reflection on aspects of urban culture - the good, the bad and the surreal accompanied by infectious hooks that are impossible to get out of your head. It makes you feel numb and disillusioned about your life but at the same time gives you the hope and conviction to stand tall and climb out of the trench and go over the top and take on the worst that society and life can throw at you.
Every song starts with almost evangelic hope to have it crushed with desperate words and then some ripped, well constructed awkwardness. 'How Much Rug? How Much Carpet?' strives to wake not just the writers but the audience from the ensuing and suffocating apathy that surrounds our daily lives, media, prophets, leaders and equally importantly British and Western 'popular' music. An honest album with no pretense that wraps you in your own inadequacies at crucial times but leaves you with a feeling of solidarity and hope. Solidly written and packed with emotion, hope and dire sarcasm, you should definitely turn off the TV and give this a listen.