The Oxen, Matt Mcjunkins
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli musician, actress, and transplant living in LA. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter’s visceral rock’n’roll belongs amid America’s love for guitar-based carnal energy. Think Alison Mosshart with a Middle Eastern twist. Back in Israel, Ninet is one of the country’s biggest stars. She has played there alongside Alanis Morissette, Jesus & Mary Chain, and Cyndi Lauper. At 19, she won the first
series of televised talent contest Kochav Nolad, Israel’s own American Idol. Her debut album Barefoot went platinum in less than 24 hours and gleaned five Number 1 hit singles. But she hadn’t yet found her true voice. Ninet cites influences in Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Joy Division, and Jeff Buckley. She taught herself guitar and began to pen authentic, exposed rock anthems.
In Israel, Ninet stars and acts in the series Where Heroes Fly, which won the Best Series at the Cannes Series Festival. Her sixth album Paper Parachute (2016) earned plaudits from Billboard, Nylon, and NPR. Its follow up – her third English-speaking LP – will arrive in its wake, written during a month of creative spurt. It’s based in soul-baring vocals and philosophical lyrics. The first single, “Self Destructive Mind”, is a tumultuous, introspective ripper about sleepless nights and is set to build upon Ninet’s already sturdy breakthrough in America.
“When Jozette and I met, we bonded over our love of music and the fact that we had both struggled with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks for much of our lives,” recalls John Vineyard, one half of the husband-wife guitar/vocal duo that fronts San Diego band, The Oxen. Jozette agrees and adds, “So with that in mind, getting up in front of people and performing original songs... that might seem a little crazy to some people.” Crazy or not, The Oxen have been blazing their own trail in the San Diego music scene and are set to release their debut full-length album on September 6, 2019.
“John and I had been writing music in our one-bedroom apartment for years, and he finally agreed to get a band going provided we have loud guitars.” The couple started playing with other local musicians, rented out the back room of a barber shop as a rehearsal space and makeshift recording studio, and submitted a demo to San Diego CityBeat’s “2017 Great Demo Review.” Out of 102 submissions, The Oxen’s demo was one of only five that was given the “ExtraSpecialGood” designation by the publication, and music writer Seth Combs wrote, “Three songs of excellent indie-pop that left me clamoring for more and asking ‘where did these guys come from?’”
As it turns out, John grew up in Texas where he had some regional success with his band, El Gato, and he later toured the U.S. and played the Meltdown Festival in London as a part of the Dallas symphonic pop band, The Polyphonic Spree. Jozette has been playing the guitar and writing songs since she was a teenage punk rocker in Omaha and has performed in San Diego bands for the last 15 years. The Oxen lineup now includes bass player (and ALF enthusiast) Kevin Shumway, and drummer Greg Stone. Greg has played drums in several bands performing everything from thrash metal to children’s songs, and he claims that The Oxen’s music is the halfway point between those two extremes.
The Oxen have twice been nominated for “Best Rock Band” at the San Diego Music Awards (2017, 2018) and regularly receive airplay on the 91X local radio show, Loudspeaker, in San Diego.
Studio and touring bass player from Los Angeles. Co-founder of The Beta Machine.