Osker - Treatment 5 (Cover Artwork)


Osker: Treatment 5Treatment 5 (2000)
Epitaph Records

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Sure, albums with content filled with teenage suffering come and go, but every once in a while, an album is released that sums up the teen years so perfectly, with lyrics filled with angst, betrayal, and loss. Osker's first release, Treatment 5 is one of those special albums. So the story begins..
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Sure, albums with content filled with teenage suffering come and go, but every once in a while, an album is released that sums up the teen years so perfectly, with lyrics filled with angst, betrayal, and loss. Osker's first release, Treatment 5 is one of those special albums.

So the story begins. Devon Williams, the lead singer & lone guitarist of Osker is hanging out with a friend who has connections with Epitaph. Devon makes demo. Devon gives friend the demo. Friend tells Epitaph about Demo. Epitaph shits their pants. Osker is signed.

Devon collaborates with friend Dave Benitez (bass) and work on Treatment 5 begins. I can't recall who did the drumming on this album, due to the fact that Osker has had at least three different drummers during it's young existance. After a few runs on the Punk O Rama series, Treatment 5 is released in early 2000.

From the opening chords to I Cannot to the end of Radio, Treatment 5 flows so amazingly well. Don't be fooled by the foolish song titles, such as Shitface, Fuck Me, Asshole, etc. Each song has one moment that makes it worth listening to. The lyrics are so angry, yet so poiniant and right on at the same time.

Do not write off Osker as "just another skate punk band," because that is not the case. Devon's voice is unique and much different than anything out there today. It's unique, but it works so well with the music, and adds another element to the album itself. As for the instrumental work, it's pretty damn good. Good riffs, good lines, good drumming.

Some of the tracks that stand out are 13, Someday, Lucky, Radio, and a lot more. It's not really one song or two that makes the cd so great. Like I said, it's how the album flows, and comes together, greatly. Who do I recommend Treatment 5 to? Any young punk having a hard time getting through high school. Anyone who can be open to something different, and is just looking for a good listen. Treatment 5 is for you.

Aside from the music, Osker also likes to have their voice known through their website. Every few days, they post a new rant, may it be on music, or just random current events. They take this element into their live show too, and are often booed off the stage for, "Being too mean." Shit, Osker may just be one of the most openminded, but plain confusing bands there is today.

Osker will continue to grow and mature, as evident on their 2001 release, Idle Will Kill. I recommend Idle Will Kill for your collection too, as it is a completely different spin on things. If you want the roots, go for Treatment 5. It's a 10, and will be playing in my stereo for years to come. Epitaph has a winner on their hands again. Enjoy.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
10feettall (June 13, 2010)

This band will always rule no matter what anyone has to shit talk about them!

dlangl4 (August 22, 2007)

On Musicmatch Jukebox, I labeled this CD's genre as "Ideal Punk." It's that good. One of the best punk cds ever, in my opinion.

Anonymous (July 19, 2005)

This is really good PUNK

Anonymous (July 19, 2005)

Osker is one of the best punk bands ever

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

Great fucking album. I agree that Devon is an asshole and a brat but that's one of the things that makes this band so great. He can piss off just about anyone. I love that. Aside from that, the music is just amazing.

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

when you're pissed listen to this, angry music and very punk

Anonymous (May 5, 2002)

I love this album and all the rest of Oskers material. I like bands like Alkaline and Get Up Kids etc. But they are all 25 26 yrs old or atleast around there. So I cant really realte to them, but with osker any lost teen can.

Anonymous (April 14, 2002)

osker kicks ass. RIP

Anonymous (December 15, 2001)

best song on here is 13. (the song, not track 13)

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

Devon doesn't soundd that much like Jeff...

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

The music on this album is surprisingly not that bad, however the singer Devon is a real asshole. That's why I would never support this band.

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

I'd rather lick my own asshole than listen to these fucks

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

myboxersarepunkerthanu, I feel the same way. What's there to be so fucking angry about? By the way, Lucky's the best song on here-no contest, in my mind.

-Sr. Potpourri

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

I knew he sounded like someone! thanks for mentioning that dude. Fifteen is a great punk band. Osker isn't bad, but what i've heard from this album is kinda lame.- fathead

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

Devon has an original voice? Guess you never heard Jeff Ott from Fifteen before. This band sucks. The only reason they get any recognition is because the band talks shit about good bands and because their singer doesn't have pubic hair yet and was able to get onto Epitaph (it's good to have friends in high places).

punky (December 11, 2001)

Everytime I'm down or angry this CD always brings out the best in me.Filled with honest rage, and great music.
One of the best albums I own...

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

I have to admit, this one kind of sucked. There were a few songs that were really really good. But out of 19 songs or whatever, doesn't quite add up. It all sounds the same basicly. They tried to be too much on this album. Nothing like their new one.

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

wow, i'm glad sxe nick knows what i will and will not like...i haven;t heard this, but since sxe nick seems to know what my taste in music is like, i think i'll listen to him

thanks sxe nick....by the way, you should drink and smoke, you will like it...


sXe_nick (December 11, 2001)

this cd is really bad, it might have 2 good songs on it. That is max. Dont buy this cd, you will not like it. BORING!!!

Huey (December 11, 2001)

Yes you are, cheerleader

myboxersarepunkerthanu (December 11, 2001)

am i the only teenager whose life isn't filled with angst and hate??

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