After a pair of excellent EPs (cleverly titled Ho! and Oh!), the Irish trio, Oh Boland, are readying their debut LP, Split Milk (via Volar Records). From the rural town of Tuam in County Galway, the band recorded the album in 2014 with Mark Chester at the producer’s chair. The band’s sound is an aggregation of their influences, which include Yo La Tengo, The Clean, and Thee Oh Sees, but even with the array of influences, their songs feel sharp and focused. Rowdy yet lax, their flavor of garage rock is akin the rambunctious songs The Gotobeds and The Men.
The record’s boisterous finale, “Sick of the Sea”, is sure to jostle your ears or inject some bustle into your bones. A fine blend of garage rock’s zest and post-punk’s rigidness, the rousing track’s hooks come in droves with Niall Murphy’s lackadaisical yelps of “I try!” and pop-tinted chord crunching.
Cereal Pairing: Banana Nut Crunch
Oh Boland stops in the New York area for a few shows:
9-16-2016 (Friday) NYC @ The Cake Shop - 7PM 9-17-2016 (Saturday) Jersey City @ WFMU 9-17-2016 (Saturday) Brooklyn @ Don Pedro - 8PM