Kansas City has given us hard rock such talents as Puddle of Mudd and Red Line Chemistry in recent years. This time the “show me state” proves its rock and roll worth with Black Oxygen. The KC quartet has just released its debut album, The American Dream, a collection of songs that feel both fresh yet familiar and slip on like a pair of comfortable jeans. Singer, songwriter and lead guitarist David Lyle, along with brother Nick (drums), Jordan Myer (bass) and Matt Venegoni (rhythm guitar) are just four close friends who happen to play great music together. Unlike so many young bands, the air is clean in Black Oxygen, with no big egos and ulterior motives stifling the band’s goals. David Lyle is the band’s creative force, but he’ll be quick to point out that it’s a group effort getting to the next level.
With influences as varied as Led Zeppelin and Van Halen to Guns ‘N Roses and Velvet Revolver to Foo Fighters and Puddle of Mudd, Lyle’s songwriting mines hundreds of subliminal influences then filters them through his words, his riffs and his melodies to create songs that can stand beside any era from the 70s to present and not feel out of place.
This week as the band gets set to play Rockfest, alongside Lyle’s personal hero, Slash, Metalholic caught up with the subdued frontman for a chat about the band’s history, influences and debut album. Black Oxygen are just four “kids with a dream to live for a reason…”