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Denmark 1998

by Odlaw

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After nearly disappearing into obscurity, ODLAW are back with a new single about anxiety, country living, youth, and renting vhs tapes.

When Odlaw’s 2nd album debut dropped in 2020, songwriter Mark Neal wasn’t expecting high demand for a live show, and he wasn’t really expecting too many people to even listen to the album. But to his surprise, people loved it! They responded with kind words, it got great reviews from people Mark cared about, and suddenly a bunch of supportive people had banded together to form the new Odlaw band.

The now expanded 6 piece band feature a front person heavy lineup consisting of Michael Strong (drums/Frontperson in The Disappointed & Alyosha), Veronica Zurzolo (guitar/Front person in Dolce Blue), Damien Goerke (keys/Front person in Sugar Wife), Lee Napper (guitar/Front Person in Gap Year), Skinny O’Leary (bass/Front person in Sail On Sail On), and Mark Neal now prepare for a whole new chapter.

Denmark 1998 is a heavier offering from Odlaw. Angry and tense, Neal recounts memories of growing up in the great southern of WA, reciting the quirks of rural town and youth gone by. While following in the footsteps of previous album “Debut” this new single shines with lo-fi angular and twisted recording stylings, but leans more towards the punk anxiousness of the first album “Regret City”.


January 6 2005, bleached ocean sand in the tidy town of 2009. Fleshy graduated 18yr old child who hates the sun.
Terrified by the ocean drives. Collecting inside solitary confined hobbies. He’s learning how to have fun, Books on being a better man, Short journey in a film, He’s off to a better land, Nursing a 2 hour attention span.
Cold winters and endless summer, Valley of the giants as treetops reach to the sky and swallow us alive, I felt safe in a vacuum
Drinking down the new booze that's now legal to buy and washing dishes to pass the time, Kitchen hand of the year class of 05

This could all end in a mess
You said this once before
This could all end in a mess
You said this two times or more

Short drive to town to peruse the aisles of our not franchised video rental store, This is heaven, this is my life.
Am i being judged by the clerk on my choices, critiqued for adding another week to violent teen hit of 1995.
You gotta be blunt be strong these days, there's no truth in honesty unless it stings to stay.
I'm not looking for a better solution, I'm just gonna keep on producing something that makes me feel kinda safe.

This could all end in a mess
You said this three times before
This could all end in a mess
You said this four times or more
This could all end in a mess
You said this five times before
This could all end in a mess
You said this six times or more

A decent set of pillars will hold up any outdoor patio, but without green plants to attract birds, you’ll be staring at your neighbours boring carport
I know you don’t wanna mow the lawn, and if it gets too overgrown it looks shit. And if you pave over it there'll be nothing to eat at the heat.

This could all end in a mess
You said this seven times before
This could all end in a mess
You said this eight times or more


released January 20, 2021
Written by Mark Neal.
Recorded, Produced, and Mastered by Michael Strong at You’re Weird mixing.
Drums by Dave Taylor All other instruments by Mark Neal and Michael Strong.
Vocals by Mark Neal and Michael Strong.
Art and photo by Mark Neal.
Released January 20 2021 on Blue Grey Pink.


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ODLAW is a 9 piece suburban indie rock outfit hailing from Perth, Western Australia.

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