Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Oh No! Oh My!

Going to concerts where you are unfamiliar with the performing bands can be a pretty risky venture. Also, if the venue is a art gallery, you could be stuck seeing some vaudevillian music performance where the singer is dressed like a rabbit and three people in white suits are just yelling into a microphone...could...

Last night Nicole and I got a call from her cousin, Nate, and he was coming up here from Tucson to see a band called Oh No! Oh My! He said the show was at the Modified, which is a performance based art gallery in downtown area. The Modified has a lot of cred in art circles but it also has a lot of character. One thing about the modified is that it attracts certain types of bands and certain types of people. The types of bands that it usually attracts are really artsy, avant garde bands that are all about the performance and not so much about the music. I don't want to sound snobby but I'm already an art student, I'm forced to see this stuff in school...a lot...

So, on the way to the show, I'm already a little leery. My band has played at the Modified so I'm bracing myself for all plywood floors and a rickety swamp cooler. We get there and watch one of the opening bands and they were pretty good-I'm sad I didn't catch their name. It was like a mixture of Iron and Wine meets older Shins. Next was Oh No! Oh My! so everyone walked towards the stage and the 6 man band started. The first song they played was "I Have No Sister" (at least I'm sure) and it was great. The band was really interactive with the audience and each other. They played for about 45 minutes to an hour and each song was great. In my opinion, they are a mixture of Atom and His Package, Death Cab for Cutie and The Format. They had a singer/guitarist, two guitar/keyboard players, bassist, drummer and trumpet player. Their music was upbeat, fun and poppy-a great mixture for a live show.

I really think all of you should go to their myspace site and check them out: myspace.com/ohnoohmyband. Hopefully you won't be disappointed.

More to come later...

3 comments:

Amy Schubert said...

excellent use of the linking function in blogger ...
Obadiah Parker concert 9/29 I think ... they're going to try to record it so they can release a live cd ... you should come.

Nicole T said...

I did really like Oh no! Oh my! They were so much fun. Im sick of the "whoa is me, life sucks I want to die my hair black and wear pants that are too tight" music thing. They were fun to listen to and the music was catchy. Although the bassist sort of had man boobs, so that was distracting. And a lot of their songs sounded similair. But otherwise I really liked it. Thanks for not being an old man poots! I love you so bad!

Mark Mason said...

Whispertown 2000 was the band that opened. http://myspace.com/Whispertown2000
They're part of the whole LA indie-pop scene, think Rilo Kiley. The internet is rad.